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Post Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:33 am 
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I shoot a semiformal competition at the local indoor range twice a month. The targets are computer controlled in a variety of scenarios. I don't know how common this is. I like it, no setup or cleanup. Show up, shoot, go home.

Targets are arranged according to scenario. They are sideways to the shooter and rotate to face in order or randomly, depending on the program. 2 shots per target, usually with some moving. No timing involved, shoot, hit, or no points. I'm usually 3rd, a few points behind a couple guys who have been competition shooting for years, and shoot 9mm Blocks, I shoot my old '70 .45, usually factory loads or close, but lately been fooling with light (160gr) loads, which I consider cheating, :D but I just wanted to try it to see how much it helps...a lot less muzzle flip for sure.

What would be some ways to improve for this? I basically need to get faster...when I shoot outdoor comp, it's timed and I can shoot well, if a bit slow, which takes off time. Indoors, you have to shoot while the target is available or no points. One scenario is 5 targets, about 5-7 yds, left to right or vice-versa, rapid succession, sidestepping. I do OK, but I just need a little more...I've read to practice so that you make 90+% of your hits, and work speed up from there accordingly...anything else? One thing I don't want to do is go 100% Gamer...I want to keep my setup and habits close to "real life"....and as far as that goes, I'm fine, all my targets are always "dead" unless I fumble a reload or something. I guess the little competitor in me just wants a little more.

Maybe I'll break down and get some vid glasses or GoPro or something (recommendations?) so I can post vids to be critiqued.

Thanks!

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Without knowing exactly where your speed bumps are, here are some general suggestions.

You want to acquire the front sight and get a sight picture on the push-out portion of your draw. That way you're not waiting for the gun to get to arm's length before you begin lining up the sights.

Work on your draw at home with a dryfire Flash simulator on the computer. These will generally flash the target up for a few seconds, adjustable by the user. Predator Tactical has some Flash drills on their website, as do others.

To work on your transitions between targets, let the recoil carry your front sight from target to target. In other words, don't let your front sight come back down on the same target unless you know you didn't get a good hit. You should be able to know that from the state of your sight picture as you broke the shot (e.g., calling the shot).

If you're having trouble following the front sight, you can try to play around with recoil springs to tame the muzzle flip. Heavier springs tend to move the muzzle around too much for me to easily follow the sight back down. A 16 or even 14 pound spring may be the ticket, depending on your loads. You may also think about addressing the front sight visibility. Fiber optics are hard to beat in daylight or indoor lighting.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Excellent! Thank you, sir, that is some good stuff...that I haven't heard before. I'll get to work on it.

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