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    Question How much speed in firing?

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasBrit View Post
    At the range today I noticed a guy practicing picking up the gun and rapid firing.
    I bet he was practicing for a competition shoot. On practical terms, drills from a holster are better suited for honing self-defense skill. I'm assuming your upcoming question is regarding drills for self-defense....

    Quote Originally Posted by JasBrit View Post
    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?
    As fast as you can without shooting uncontrollably? That's my guess anyway.


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    ...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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    ...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!
    Words of wisdom and that also gives you a reason to go shoot some more. So go become one with your pistol

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    Old axiom

    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.

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    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.

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