Scotti Files-Female Beginner Shooter Series

Scotti Files: Week 2; Session 2: Setting up and shooting.

Week two, training  fourth training session overall!  This training first addresses movement where Scotti trains decelerating into position and breaks a shot as soon as possible.  this
 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 2; Video 4 Shooting on Move --> Back to Trigger Control Work

This final video circles back to the underlieing skill set to train in this drill, trigger control.  The skill sets trained are:
  1. Shooting on Move
    1. Training to pull trigger on mid stride.
  2. Trigger Control:
    1. Shooting on the move disturbs sight picture so trigger control has to be exercised on demand (with a short window to break the shot).
  3. Knowing limitations of natural point of aim and when to transition to using more sights and trigger.

This video touches upon the concept that mastering the transition from using natural point of aim to sights and trigger is a 1000 mile journey.  It takes a lot of reps.  The good news is thought the repetitions can very fun and not expensive.

 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 2; Video 3 Both Eyes Open

Now we get into the action.  The last video introduced the drill, now let her roll!  As predicted Scotti was a little bit undisciplined with her muzzle awareness, nothing too bad but still, it needs to be pointed out.  This video demonstrates:
  1. Safety!
    1. Teach muzzle awareness to new shooters.  Don't sweep others or themselves.
    2. Get finger off of trigger and indexed on frame when not engaging targets
    3. Make new shooters aware when they screw up the above two rules.  Get away from just shooting behind a table.
  2. Shooting with bothe eyes open.
    1. Getting both eyes open and start training to hit the correct target when shooting with both eyes open.
    2. Shooting both eyes open is not easy at first.  It takes time and  a lot of reps to get the eyes working right!
 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 2; Video 2 Shooting on Move, I Mean Trigger Control Work and Safety

Now we get into the action.  The last video introduced the drill, now let her roll!  As predicted Scotti was a little bit undisciplined with her muzzle awareness, nothing too bad but still, it needs to be pointed out.  This video demonstrates:
  1. Safety!
    1. Teach muzzle awareness to new shooters
    2. Get finger off of trigger and indexed on frame when not engaging targets
    3. Make new shooters aware when they screw up the above two rules, if they have attitude, crush them.
  2. Trigger Control:
    1. Shooting on the move disturbs sight picture so trigger control has to be exercised on demand (with a short window to break the shot).
We generally introduce breaking the shot mid-stride, but introducing this advanced technique can be info overload.  I threw it in but in hindsight, I could have left this out and introduced it later.  It didn't seem to screw her up to bad though.
 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 2; Video 1 Shooting on Move, I Mean Trigger Control Work

So its day 2 with a beginner.  Of course I want to hit the fundamentals hard core, so what do we jump into?  Shooting on the move.  This may sound strange, but after working heavy on grip and stance (by pretending to work on draw), shooting on the move really works trigger control.  Training points in the video are:
  1. Safety!
    1. Teach muzzle awareness to new shooters
    2. Get finger off of trigger and indexed on frame when not engaging targets
    3. Make new shooters aware when they screw up the above two rules, if they have attitude, crush them.
  2. Trigger Control:
    1. Shooting on the move disturbs sight picture so trigger control has to be exercised on demand (with a short window to break the shot).
Ironically, we don't really care about shooting on the move.  The drill is just a conduit for grinding in muzzle awareness, trigger finger safety discipline and trigger mechanics/control.
 
Trigger control is one of the most difficult fundamentals to master.  Trigger control is basically pressing the trigger straight rearward (and a little bit up since the triggers pivot about a pin for non 1911s) and not disturbing the sights. Once we feel good about ourselves in slow controlled fire, when the heat turns up and we have to break the trigger on demand, mechanics go to heck.  
 
When we shoot on the move, there is inherent sight disturbance.  When the sights get on target (particular at further shots) there is a brief window to break the shot.  Therefore, real trigger control is being able to break the shot on demand with quality of movement.  Sounds simple but difficult to master.
 
With Scotti we through her in the thick of it and trained shooting on the move for two purposes 1)  to observe her trigger mechanics and 2) get her muzzle aware and her finger off of the trigger when not engaging targets.  Honestly, the SiRT is awesome for these drills.  The green laser sweep tells a us a lot as to what the trigger is doing and because the SIRTs are inert (can not fire a round), we feel comfortable going down range from another shooter.  Unfortunately, Scotti was using a SIRT Trainer with red shot indicating lasers.  Although we could see her hits, the film did not pick them up.
 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 1; Video 1

Day 2!!!  We start right off with some live fire. We need a baseline.  We are working on trigger control and sight alignment.  The target is a reduced size steel auto resetting popper at 20 yards.  Not an easy shot.
 

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Video 3

This is the third of three training videos on day one of training Scotti.  This segment of the first training session focuses on the how the grip should feel and gives practical queuing points on the knuckle overlap of the hands, the palm pressure and getting high on the gun.

This first serious of three videos focuses on stance and grip, but the to train these we talk about the draw.  By focusing on the draw, we can establish technique to getting into the proper stance and grip.  Also by being distracted by the draw we are working relaxation and loose muscles.  This video deals with draw grip and stance.

Coaching Points:

  • Divide and Conquer
    • Cheat the stance and be in the final stance
  • Minimize unnecessary movement
    • Less is more.  As Bruce Lee said, "hack away at the un-essentials.  
  • Be loose, relaxed, don't take yourself too seriously
    • Loose muscles are fast muscles
  • Pick you battles to focus on
    • A lot is thrown at Scotti but not too much.  
    • Issues like focusing on the front sight, or relying on natural point of aim are dealt with later.  
    • Right now she has awareness of the muzzle alignment when she breaks the shots and that is good enough for now.

Basically this serious on day 1 focuses on grip and stance, but moreover, the mindset of being relaxed and fluid.  Once relaxed muscles and fluidity are established in the ground, technique can be built thereupon.

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Video 2

This is the second of three training videos on day one of training Scotti.  This segment of the first training session focuses on the how the grip should feel and gives practical queuing points on the knuckle overlap of the hands, the palm pressure and getting high on the gun.

Scotti Files: Introduction

This is the introduction to Scotti!  The wonder girl that wants to be a USPSA Master Class shooter in 12 weeks.  Skip ahead to the  first training video to see the training in action.  See the entire Scotti Video Series as videos are added daily!

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Baseline

To measure growth we need a baseline.  There are many things we can measure, but to start out , we focused on the draw in this video.  

Moreover, we can analyze her technique, tightness, hand-speed, etc.  A baseline is important to measure improvement  and give Scotti motivation when she earns gains!

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