Day 03 C-Clamp-Intro to Draw
The third day starts off similar to the second day with very consistent protocol building class participation habits and the people do come in, understand the safety protocol and not get lackadaisical on the safety protocol. They will understand the process of the pat down and start their everyday drill. Today’s everyday drills are especially fun, where you instruct them to first start with some strong hand only single shots, then support hand only, single shots, working the trigger control. Encourage them to speed up their trigger press- break-reset, to go as fast as they can and still maintain dots not dashes. Generally speaking, mechanics will erode when going faster, whereas they have to have the discipline to break the shots without moving the muzzle at full speed. Note the coaching points of pressing the trigger high and outside so they end up ultimately pulling the trigger straight back without disturbing the muzzle.
Further instruct their everyday drill to do the first shot presentation from high compressed ready. Then from high compressed ready align their breast plate to the target, extend out and break the shot. Encourage them to change things up and turn the red take up lasers on so the red laser is on and they are prepping the trigger upon presenting to target when the muzzle is reasonably aligned and they are breaking the shot without any dwell, that is, wasted time.
Have them change the target distance and starting body orientations with respect to the target so they can now turn and align themselves to target and break the shot around the room.
Further encourage them in their everyday drill to have distance in at least a portion of their short training. Make sure the take up laser is turned off and they are shooting some targets that are very far which you have set up in your area and are using the sight alignment. Encourage them to do one shot on the far target and reset themselves back to compressed high ready so they don’t walk in the shots. But just start really working that skill of presenting out aggressively, prepping the trigger, get a final sight confirmation for the far distant target say on the Century Bob bag and breaking that nice clean shot as a clean dot.
This first block of instruction is quite enjoyable and you may find this everyday drill will naturally roll longer and longer, which is good. This is about training and reps and you have a good opportunity to coach them at this time. Don’t necessarily feel you have to have a hard start time, but rather, have the freedom to allow them to continue the training and continue to pick up where they’ve left behind just before we build on the other blocks. By no means should they see this as any lack of discipline, but of course you may have a student or two who wants to get going on the training. Read your students to start the day’s block of instruction at an appropriate time with the understanding that being in sync with their natural motivation. But remember, the 8 day format is a guide not an absolute, if the curriculum stretches out for 10 days, 12 days.... that is fine, in fact may even be better because each fundamental has great focus, coaching and reinforced repinions.
Reinforce to students to be cautious during home training that someone else doesn’t come into your training area. One possible risk is where someone else comes in your area, they are carrying concealed, they go on auto-pilot and draw fluidly firing a round. The better they are, the more likely they can “chunk” the actions Now granted, there are other rules to address this situation, but remember all of these rules are completely redundant. If this unfortunate event happened, be sure to set up your training area with reasonably ballistic walls so the round will be caught and not cause damage to any person. It is a layered independent precaution.