6 tips to optimize your training sessions

Why optimize your time in training?
The shooting range can be for some a simple pleasure (like going cycling or hiking), but for others it is a training, conditioning their helpfulness in their professional activity.
With family life, work etc., it can be difficult to spend several hours a week at the stand.
Here are some tips to give your practice a boost:

1. Prepare before arriving at the stand

The best way to be effective on the shooting range is firstly linked to the preparation of all your equipment at home.
Fill your ammunition, change the batteries of your optics/lamps, de-oil your barrel...
In addition, these actions require little concentration, so you can, for example, listen to podcasts or videos in order to always progress!
For English speakers, there are a multitude of podcasts on many aspects of firearms combat: technique, tactics, mental preparation...

2. Have a schedule/session plan.

Nothing is more frustrating than coming home after a training session, with the feeling of having shot only to make noise, with no correction to apply from the next session.
As in sports, the best way to progress is to have a plan.
Know the number of ammunition you will need, what exercises or drills you will be able to practice, the accessories to take (Plot, rubber bands…) but also which targets you will use.
No credible progression without careful programming.

3. Vary your target!

The targets offered in the stands are often the same.
It is easy to get different ones and print them.
We offer them on our site, and we will soon be sharing our “Classic” pack.
The humanoid target debate is only a small part of what you need to progress.
Download yours, print them, photocopy them by the dozen.
Concerning us, we use reprographic services to benefit from tariffs, which also allow printing in A4, A3…
You can thus for a few euros, obtain hundreds of different targets, for whole months of training.
These Targets are freely accessible.

4. Be Demanding in your standards!

Training to quickly shoot a chest zone when you are 3 or 5 m from the target does not allow you to correct yourself precisely. Use small targets, with different colors, shapes, to work your cognitive process as much as your index finger. We regularly use CDT targets, which are developed with a proven cognitive purpose.
Aim small, Miss small.

5. Keep a “Range book”

If you don't have a "training log" yet, go buy one.
Without embarking on writing a novel after each session, it is important to indicate your state of physical fitness, mental state (relaxed, stressed, etc.), the number of ammunition fired, the drills of the session, etc.
This can serve as a training plan, by writing the upcoming session in advance.
Come and note your results on “benchmarks”, these drills known to all such as 22422, El Presidente, 1-5 VTAC Drill, 9 holes Drill, Carbine Navy Standard Test…
This will allow you to see the progress taking place over time (very important for INTRINSIC motivation), and if the progress is not measurable, it will allow you to orient your training program differently (always bring out the positive, in any case).

6. Debrief, and prepare for the next session.

A session, to be productive, must provide criticism for improvement.
Even a very positive session, in order to make you progress more, must give you the opportunity to “self-criticize”.
This also allows you to target your weak points:
Weak grip ?
I can work it isometrically using a tennis ball or a “Grip handle”.
No credible progression without careful programming. ?
I come to work on my visual acuity by working with a pen in front of me for example, by switching my eye focus on the pen and different targets placed in the background.
The eye works like a camera, and the "sharpness" of an object in front of us (or a handlebar) for example, can be done more or less quickly, depending on the training, the state stress, or a state of fatigue.
We speak of visual fatigue when it is difficult to see clearly what surrounds us, which can sometimes lead to headaches.
The important thing is therefore to find a routine that is simple to set up, but above all simple to maintain over time.
Small habits make the difference in the long term, and for example, with 3 times 5 minutes each day to work on your gestures, your handling...
Will sometimes be as productive as some training sessions.

What to do with this saved time ?

Training in combat or armed self-defense is not limited to firing 50 cartridges weekly.
The time you save on your sessions can be used to sharpen your physical capacity (which is your first weapon…), educate yourself through podcasts or instructional videos, or even plan your next 6 months of training. .

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