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Joel Park

Mounted Movement

Purpose/Goal:

Perform short movements with the gun mounted and ready to fire. Shoot as the sights dictate.

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Setup notes:

Build a scenario that has targets shot from two positions. Set the positions between 1 and 4 steps apart. 

Instructions:

Start in any desired position. Engage the targets from the appropriate shooting positions. 

Cues:

Make sure you keep your gun up and ready to shoot. Always be looking to fire the next shot sooner.

Focus on blending the positions together rather than moving in between them quickly.

Make sure that you finish the exercise in a proper stance. You should be set up wide, low and 50/50 weight distribution if possible.

Make sure you remain target focused during the movement.

Corrections:

If the target or targets that you are engaging while your weight is off balance have poor hits, remember that your ability to shoot using predictive fire is going to be seriously hampered. When you are off balance, moving, or the circumstances are in any way more challenging than normal, switch away from predictive shooting and do reactive shooting. Make sure you are seeing your sights recover between shots. As you gain more and more stability (as your movement completes) you can switch to predictive shooting.

If you have shots trending in the direction of your movement, you should be suspicious that you are not shooting target focused. When you move, you will tend to drag shots off the target if you stare at the front sight or the dot. Ensure this is not the case by frequently thinking about what your vision is doing while you assess your repetitions. 

Evolution:

Run this exercise with movement in any direction. It is a quite common situation at matches where you will be keeping the gun in action and engaging targets while you move only a couple steps. It is important that you feel comfortable and secure in all possible scenarios.

Be sure to vary the target difficulty, especially on the targets you are engaging during the movement. Easier/low risk targets will lend themselves to more aggressive movement. Tougher targets will make movement during engagement more difficult. Work all these potential scenarios.

You should occasionally set up the targets to be more difficult than you find reasonable. This will allow you to assess your limits and perhaps realize that you have expanded them somewhat.

Tips:

It is important you do not conflate the idea of blending two positions together by shooting as you move between them with the idea of shooting faster. Many people, when learning these skills early on in their shooting career naturally want to shoot faster during this exercise. It is important that you DO NOT give in to this temptation. The movement serves the shooting and not the other way around.

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