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14 Days to be a Better Shooter

For Practice Session 15 you will need to go the range. You will do NO ‘dry fire’ at all this day. What you are going to do is to give yourself a ‘base-line’ – or a starting point on your path to be a better shooter. (Of course your ‘starting point’ now will be MUCH faster than it would have been before you started the 14 session dry fire regimen, but is neither here nor there.)

It is important to point out that you will be performing each drill ONLY ONCE. You want to time what you can do ‘cold’ – not what you can do after performing 50 practice runs. What you do ‘cold’ is what you can expect if you are ever called upon to do this for real – as you will not have any ‘practice runs’ then either.

As stated many times in days 1 through 14 – GO SLOW. If you try to ‘go fast’ for the timer – you will be SLOWER. GO SLOW. GO SLOW. GO SLOW. THINK SMOOTH. THINK SMOOTH. THINK SMOOTH.

The list of equipment is:

1. TIMER
2. hearing protection
3. eye protection
4. longarm
5. magazines
6. 2nd line gear
7. pen/pencil
8. paper (clip-board is helpful)
9. NMS RQC Rules
10. NMS RQC FAQs
11. NMS RQC Score Cards
12. 1 target (IDPA or IPSC) set up at 25 meters
13. 1 target (IDPA or IPSC) set up at 50 meters
14. 1 target (IDPA or IPSC) set up at 100 meters

OR

1 target (IDPA or IPSC) set up – and the ‘firing line’ moves to the proper distance from the target
15. All magazines in second line gear are fully loaded.
16. Either some dummy rounds or some ‘emtpies’ (that can be ‘scrounged from some of the ten rounds you will fire today to help create malfunctions for malfunction clearance drills).

Optional equipment:

1. Video camera to record today’s events. You will watch it later and critique your own shooting so YOU can see exactly how and where you ‘screwed up’.

THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO THE RANGE – STUDY THE DOCUMENTS: NMS RQC Rules and NMS RQC FAQ’s. These can be downloaded (along with some scoring sheets) at: [URL=http://www.awrm.org/nms.htm]http://www.awrm.org/nms.htm[/URL] and downloading section 5. The part you are concerned with starts at the bottom of page 4 titled section 5.1 Course Rules and goes to page 7. Then the Course FAQ’s start on page 9 and go to page 14. The scoring sheets are on the main download page – at the bottom titled [b]“NMS RQ Score Card”[/b].

Stage 1: Head shot at 25 meters – strong side
Start position – standing, rifle at the ‘patrol ready’ or at ‘shouldered or low ready’ (see NMS RQC Rules).
Safety is ON.
At the beep engage the target at 25 meters with one round to the head from the strong side shoulder. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).
(Remember - if the shot is low and is in the body it is a MISS.) Stage 2: Head shot at 25 meters – weak side
EXACTLY as stage 1, with the ONLY exception being that this stage is shot from the ‘off side’ shoulder (if you shot stage 1 from the right shoulder, you will shoot stage two from the left shoulder – and vise versa.). Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 3: Body shot at 50 meters – strong side
Start position – standing, rifle at the ‘patrol ready’ or at ‘shouldered or low ready’ (see NMS RQC Rules).
Safety is ON.
At the beep engage the target at 50 meters with one round to the body from the strong side shoulder. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later). (If the shot is high and is in the head it is a MISS.)

Stage 4: Body shot at 50 meters – weak side
EXACTLY as stage 3, with the ONLY exception being that this stage is shot from the ‘off side’ shoulder (if you shot stage 3 from the right shoulder, you will shoot stage two from the left shoulder – and vise versa.). Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 5: Body shot at 100 meters Start position – standing, rifle at the ‘patrol ready’ or at ‘shouldered or low ready’ (see NMS RQC Rules).
Safety is ON.
At the beep engage the target at 100 meters with one round to the body from the strong side shoulder. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later). (If the shot is high and is in the head it is a MISS.)

Stage 6: Position #1 malfunction clearance drill
Start position – standing with rifle shouldered and rifle set-up for a Position (or type) #1 malfunction.
Safety is ON.
At the beep clear a Position #1 malfunction and then place one round in the body of a target at 50 meters. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 7: Position #2 malfunction clearance drill
Start position – standing with rifle shouldered and the rifle set-up for a Position (or type) #2 malfunction.
Safety is ON.
At the beep clear a Position #2 malfunction and then place one round in the body of a target at 50 meters. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 8: Position #3 malfunction clearance drill
Start position – standing with rifle shouldered and set-up for a Position (or type) #3 malfunction.
Safety is ON.
At the beep clear a Position #3 malfunction and then place one round in the body of a target at 50 meters. Record time and score. Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 9: Magazine change without retention
Start position – standing – rifle at ‘patrol’ or ‘low’ ready.
Safety is ON.
Round is in chamber with an EMPTY magazine in mag well.
At beep – fire one round at body of 50 meter target, reload WITHOUT retaining magazine – and then fire one more round at 50 meter target.
Record time (total) and score. (It can also be beneficial to record the time of the 1st shot also.) Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

Stage 10: Magazine change with retention
Start position – standing – rifle at ‘patrol’ or ‘low’ ready.
Safety is ON.
Round is in chamber with a fully loaded magazine in mag well.
At beep – fire one round at body of 50 meter target, reload and retain magazine – and then fire one more round at 50 meter target.
Record time (total) and score. (It can also be beneficial to record the time of the 1st shot also.) Notate on score card where round impacted target (you will want to review this later).

AFTER you are home – sit down and analyze the day’s events. If you video taped the stages – watch the video tape. What you are watching for is times where it is evident that you ‘tried to speed up’. Your movements will NOT be smooth – but JERKY. So remember – ONLY ‘JERKS’ TRY TO SPEED UP! BE SMOOTH. THINK SMOOTH.

Be sure to date the score sheets, and put them away. This is your ‘base-line’ and you will compare future score sheets against this one to measure your progress.

There should be a measurable difference in the times/scores between shooting strong and weak side. We didn’t practice any ‘dry fire’ of the weak side – as this will give you SOME idea of how you would have scored on the strong side before starting this practice regimen. You will see these times get faster until you are as good with your ‘off side’ as you are with your ‘strong side’. So even if you are reading this BEFORE you finish practice sessions 1 through 14 – don’t worry about doing ANY practice with the ‘weak’ or ‘off’ side. That will come later (as in practice sessions 16 on up!). You WANT to shoot ‘weak side’ without having practiced it – as it will show what you may have been like strong side before the 14 days.

Practice Session 16 – through 29:
YOU will determine what you will dry fire practice for the next sessions. Use your score sheet, and put the most practice where YOU need. Then practice that skill. Be sure and add ‘weak’ or ‘off’ side practice, so that you will be a ‘ambi’ shooter. This makes you a more well-rounded shooter, and a better shooter. It increases confidence to know that you can hit nearly or just as well and just as fast ‘off’ side as you can ‘strong’ side. (There is a point when one cannot call it the ‘weak’ side – because it is a ‘strong’ as the ‘strong side’.) HOWEVER – do practice EVERYTHING as before, just put more time in on the things YOU need to improve the most on.

Practice Session 30:
Repeat Practice Session 15.
Compare times and scores.

Practice Session 31:
Analyze ‘live’ session and make practice session plan up for the next 2 weeks. Follow that up with another live session, but this time shoot the whole NMS RQC. (Use the NMS RQ Score Cards – all of them – following the instruction printed on them.)

Continue this regimen (dry for 2 weeks or more followed by a ‘live’ session, then repeat after analysis of previous live session. Do NOT stop when you reach the ‘par values’ for the RQC – as you can become much faster than that even. However, the ‘PAR’ values of the RQC do represent an accomplished ‘Rifleman’.

Be safe. Shoot straight.

cheers

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