Even though you’re practicing social distancing, keep your mind and body sharp with regards to your marksmanship and situational awareness skills. Here are some ways to train while you’re at home:
1. Dry Fire. Take a few minutes each day to do a dry-fire drill out of your Shooting Journal. Shooting is a perishable skills, so keep your muscles engaged and your hand-eye coordination in tact. If you have a SIRT pistol or Coolfire Trainer, you can vary up your practice with those tools. Focus on the fundamentals of good pistol mechanics by going slowly and purposefully doing each step. Use dryfire to focus on your motions, since you don’t have to worry about the target.
2. Go Digital. Keep learning and expanding your marksmanship knowledge. The AG & AG National Conference is online this year, and it’s a great way to learn a lot more about the theories and concepts that you put into place on the range. As instructor John Murphy says, “Shooting accurately is a mechanical skill, and is only a component of self-defense.” Training your brain on the mental aspects is just as important.
3. Engage. Is your AG & AG chapter hosting Zoom meetings or Facebook Live events? Participate in conversations with other women through social media. Remember, a lot of first-time gun owners are joining our community, and they can learn a lot from you by sharing your story, and you can learn as instructors answer their questions, too.
It doesn’t require a lot of time and effort on your part, but by making marksmanship a priority you can keep your shooting skills sharp. Feed your mind so that you’re ready to put into practice new skills and techniques when you get back to the range!