I'm in my final semester of my junior year on the way to being a "Senior" and have been working on accuracy for about a year now with my handguns. At the range today I noticed a guy practicing picking up the gun and rapid firing. My question is this, is there a "standard" guideline for how quickly you should be able to pick up the gun (in this case a semi-auto .45) and deliver 3 or 4 shots on target? Come on guys, be creative, I can use all the excuses to get out of the house and practice that I can get.
...And the way to achieve speed, Grasshopper, is to begin slowly and practice being as smooth as possible.
Never try to be fast. That way lies slowness, not to mention madness.
As you become smoother and smoother, you will necessarily, automatically, get faster and faster.
The process, however, is not quick. And it takes lots and lots of practice.
Keep at it!
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Shots delivered on target win the day. The quote is from "The Shooter" by Mark Wahlberg. It is the mantra at USMC sniper school and it works.
If slow is good...I'm blazing a path to GREATNESS!!! Thanks guys for the input. Hadn't thought about competition practice. 99.9% of the guys I see at the range are working on accuracy and "becoming one with their weapon" Our competition is still with our selves...just trying to get better. Think I'll make up some story about needing to get so smooth and good that you can grab it and place three shots in about 3.5 seconds...then keep my own times. Thanks again.