Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PTFT

You know – it’s kind of satisfaction to make a couple of shots after a workday full of stress, as today one I had.

In spite of stress, I had a mood for one hour of dry firing.

My dry firing training session looks as follows:
  1. One minute hold.
  2. One minute pause.
... an so on. During one hour. After all – thirty raisings with duration of one minute each.

Short pause and twenty shots.

At fifty meter shooting range we have such situation, that afternoon sun shines directly on the targets (and today was sunny afternoon). It’s absolutely nonsensical to try to search for a sharp front sight in this case. I was unable to see sharp front sight. Silhouette only. I could use grey filter, but I shoot with both eyes and I don’t use shooting glasses since year 2008. I don’t have a panic in such cases. Instead – muscle control and pull, pull, pull... At the end I got a pretty nice group with only one error. The error in the aiming. The pistol was relative calm, good work of the finger,... but wrong aiming area. I was too left. Six on nine. I knew exactly where my shot was without a spotting scope.

Epilogue:

PTFT
(by analogy with RTFM)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pulling the trigger

What a amazing trigger pull technique:

Kuzmin and Vokhmianin prepare themselves for Olympic Games in Seoul.

Short acquaintance

I have started to visit shooting club in the February 1998. I was 14 years old.
I have had two pauses in the trainings with total duration about 3 years.
It’s hard to identify my first years in shooting as conscious trainings – us was given possibility to get arms on some hours 2-3 time a week plus some basics – how to: stand, load, aim. It’s all. Main information sources for me were – educational boards on the walls. It was OK, as our first shooting instructor was only 20 years old and he had not enough time for us.


Only in the year 2001 I have meet with my first coach. I have had a lot of errors in technique and it was hard to learn to shoot by another way. My consciousness was stubborn and was unable to take and employ radical changes in shot technique. This switching took about 3 years. The difference was – at the beginning I have thought, that the priority is in strong muscles, perfect sight-alignment and convenient moment for trigger pull, but my coach has tried to teach me to shoot using will-power and shot’s imagination.

In the year 2005 I have moved. It was my third beginning. Now I don’t have personal coach but I have a lot of friends, I meet with many interesting people. Since 2007 I try to merge my own experience, my memorials and advices of my friends with only one goal – be better.

I am not interested in medals or high rating places. I want to have good technique. I simply want to be better than now.

Some facts from the past:

  • First competition – 21th March 1998. 25m sport pistol, precision stage, 30 shots with total score of 203 points.
  • My first air pistol competition was one year later – in the year 1999. Total score was about 525 points (I don’t remember exactly).
  • I started to train free pistol in the year 1999. I the same year I made myself the grip for my TOZ-35 free pistol (I used factory’s wooden blank).
  • I trained at least 2-3 times a week. My training session has included at least 30min dry firing. I didn’t have growth of results, since my technique was based on the wrong knowledges.

Spring of 2009 was the turning point for me – I saw a light in the end of tunnel. It seems to me, that I know what to do, to hit a ten.

It happened suddenly in the April 2009. I have got a new portion of self confidence during the reading of some articles (I have read them much times). My first free pistol training session with the fresh portion of self confidence was surprising for me. It was hard to do a shot less than eight. It’s time to stop to run round like a squirrel in a cage.

During next months I simply did the same – mental work plus self confidence. Regardless of the fact that my steadiness isn’t so good – according to Scatt’s reports, my average length of the sighting line in the free pistol is about 1000mm and 170mm in the air pistol – I can shot better.

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Start-up

Hello!

Starting my blog...

I didn’t know what name I must give to my blog and after ten minutes of brainstorm and intensive check of available names — I have simply chosen «toz35».

I’ll try to post interesting info, if I find any.