Many shooters judge themselves based on how they perform when warmed up. In reality, if you are using your firearm for self defense, you will not have that luxury. It’s important to know how accurate and quick you are with the first few shots. This can be a bit tricky to practice though. How many of us can get to the range every day for a quick practice? That is where the SIRT proves to be an incredibly helpful tool. With a SIRT, no time is wasted with traveling to a range or setting up. Simply grab it off your coffee table, find a target, and get a few reps in. Do this a few times throughout the day and you will know how good you truly are when uncalibrated. Furthermore, it has been shown that distributed learning is much more efficient than mass learning. Simply put, if you can invest 15 minutes every day, it will be much more effective than going to the range for a few hours every month. Activities that become routine become easier over time. Training uncalibrated is also great to improve your overall shooting ability. Notice how Mike makes up a drill on the spot when he switches to live fire. This is because he wants to master the skill, not the drill. Drills are great for developing your shooting skills but only if you focus on what it is trying to teach you in a broad sense. If you are just focused on getting through the drill quickly, you won’t retain nearly as much.
by Luke | Mar 31, 2017 | Shooter Training, Fundamentals, SIRT Training Pistol | 12 comments
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Good wake up video, for those of use who need skill refreshing. Suggestion: Have family member, etc., set off drill by shouting & pointing at a door, window, or other possible threat area. React to that outside stimulus at irregular times and see where you are in readiness, acquisition and reaction. Nothing complicated and unexpected for a sense of reality.
Nice shooting! Short & on point tips. Thanks!
Maybe the most important tip yet, Mike ….. defensive handgun/concealed carry is ALL about making that first shot count ….. keep up the valuable training aids/drills …. much appreciated ….
I hear you Dave. I abhor “warming up” when I get to the live fire range. Its wasting the opportunity to evaluate ourselves in the unwarmed up state.
Thanks for the videos. I never heard of warm ups in shooting. I’ve found the more you shoot, the more your on target regardless. Not training means more misses. I’m with the periodically throughout the day if you can. Thanks again.
Retired Captain Mike Trendholm of San Antonio Texas told me to draw and dry fire in the mirror 5 times every morning (practice). Again, this unload and work with my Glock then reload for the day.
So much easier to use my SKIRT!
This practice, I will do. Same with my practice Spyderco Knife. Flipping open is key for defense, plus a whole lot more.
Great to hear! Yes the convenience and safety of the SIRT helps make the training happen.
The SIRT training pistol provides an opportunity to train and practice in your own home or private outdoor training area without the need for live fire. There are many who have no access to a range and have no way to practice combat shooting skills with live ammunition.
The SIRT pistol can permit low light training and building search using your own house!
The laser will also trip off a laser – fire shooting simulator like FATS.
The training possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Calibrated shooting is fine for marksmanship ranges and qualifications, but for combat readiness it is detrimental. I always recommend shooters to know what they are going to the range for ahead of time. Marksmanship or combat training? Have a plan!
Very helpful video. Good tips on dry fire at home and live fire at the range.
New to this stuff. Video is four years old or so…. Guess what? An excellent, very useful video…Thanks for putting this out there…