Practice for Competition, Part 2 – Target Transition
Oops. I dropped a shot.
Most of the time I’m not able to get to an outdoor range and set up stages to shoot for practice. More often, when I do get to practice live fire, it’s in an indoor range. Here’s how I make the best of that practice time.
The best thing I practice indoors is improving my transition times between targets, and making sure my follow up shots to the same target are clean and fast.
First, I need to cheat. Since it’s tough to put multiple full size targets on a typical indoor range holder, the GlockFAQ has several competition targets that are scaled to 1/3 the normal size. This means that I can put the target at 25 feet and they are sized to be the same as if the full size target were at 25 yards. You can find those targets at http://glockfaq.com/targets.htm.
So, I mount two targets in one holder, and move the holder out to the desired distance. I start at about 15 feet, but I move it out as the session goes along. You’ll find that the farther you practice, the easier the closer shots get.
Unless your range allows drawing from a holster, all drills begin with the pistol in the GSSF start position – elbows at your side and pistol pointed down range. If you can draw, then draw, if you are practicing for USPSA or IDPA.
Here are my drills:
An hour’s time and 100 rounds can make a big difference.