Caleb over at Gun Nuts Media has an excellent post up about 5 Gun Nuts New Year’s Resolutions. It is good stuff, so you should go there and read it.
One of the resolutions he suggests for us gun nuts is “practice at least once a week.” He makes the cogent point that while many competition shooters will laugh at this because they practice a lot more than merely once a week, most people don’t. I’m actually surprised when I hear an average gun owner say that they practice more than once a month—actually practice, not merely go plinking for fun. Most people simply don’t practice at all, though they might call going to the range a couple times a year to plink at tin cans and clays on the berm “practicing.” (Fun, yes; practice, no.)
Here’s something that can help you actually practice: Drill Zero
Drill Zero is a dryfire drill based on the Wall Drill, transition practice, an understanding of eye focus, and some thinking I have done regarding the most fundamental skills we need to succeed at any type of shooting. I wanted to create a drill that would make a significant difference to shooting quickly and accurately, but was simple, straightforward, took little time, and required almost nothing in the way of equipment or space.
…because that way you can do it every day. There is no excuse to not perform Drill Zero once a day. Sure, on some days you can do a solid dryfire session, or get some good live fire practice in at the range. But EVERY day, no matter how busy your life, no matter where you are—if you have a gun and a wall, you can run through Drill Zero and practice the most important fundamentals of shooting in a way that will make you better.
If you do Drill Zero every day, then each month you’ll have performed 900 perfect trigger pulls, with fast transitions, training your eyes to lock onto the front sight with perfect sight alignment at speed. In a year, you’ll have practiced this TEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TIMES. If you don’t think that’ll make a difference to your shooting, then there isn’t much I can say.
Here’s a 2016 Dryfire Report. Download it, print it, then put it up somewhere next to where you’ll practice. Every day, color in the box for that day, showing that you at least practiced Drill Zero. My personal goal for 2016 is that every single day I will practice physical pistol skills in some fashion, and I’m going to mark in black days I do Drill Zero, blue the days I do longer dryfire sessions, red the days I live fire practice, and green the days I test myself either in competitions or in training classes. At the end of the year, I’ll post a picture of my report, and we can discuss how it went.
How about you? You in? How much better do you want to get at the physical skills of shooting in 2016? Drill Zero takes less than 5 minutes, and you don’t have to put on any gear at all. Don’t tell me that you can’t find the time!
How much better do you want to get? Get yourself a copy of the dryfire report, and start practicing!
(A followup post was later written giving some variations on Drill Zero.)