Coaching Techniques

Coaching is the act of analyzing what the shooter is doing and how it affects his overall shooting performance. It requires just as much concentration and patience as actually firing the weapon.

Watch the Shooter not the Target!!!
You can look for the holes in the paper later. The shooters actions are what matter most. Position yourself in the best place to observe a specific action or process. You may want to move around during the drill to watch several actions. You cannot observe a shooter from behind them.

During a break in firing make quick, direct easily understood corrections. No more than one correction at a time. DO NOT OVER COACH!!!

Things to Watch for, Pistol
During the Draw:
1. Proper manipulation of holster retention. There should be no wasted movement with "hoods" or snaps. As the Shooter's hand acquires the grip it should begin disengaging all retention.
2. Smooth motion from the holster to a good high position 2. When the elbow drops for position 3, this will ensure a level gun oriented towards the target.
3. No scooping (coming up on target with a straight arm) or dropping (weapon coming down on target at full arm extension).
4. "Slack" is removed from the trigger from position 3 to position 4.
5. When working fundamentals, trigger is reset after acquisition of a second sight picture (When the gun stops moving after a shot).
6. Weapon is de-cocked when returning to position 3 (if applicable).
7. Shooter performs a condition check at position 3 after an engagement.

During Firing:
1. Support hand is positioned well, see GRIP.
2. Anticipation of the shot, flinching, dipping the muzzle.
3. Over gripping, white knuckles or finger nails.
4. Over gripping with support hand.
5. Body Position, weight too far back.

General Performance:
1. Looking over the sights.
2. Magazine change efficiency.
3. Re-holster efficiency, re-retaining the weapon.

Things to Watch for, Rifle
During the Up Drill:
1. Safety is switched to fire when the weapon is raised to eye level.
2. Finger remains outside trigger well until the shooter is ready to fire.
3. After the engagement the finger is removed from the trigger well.
4. Shooter performs a condition check.
5. Weapon returns to safe when the weapon is lowered.

During Firing:
1. Shooter has a strong body position (Not getting rocked backward).
2. Shooter retains shoulder weld when lowering the rifle.
3. Shooter performs good immediate action drills.
4. Shooter performs efficient magazine changes.
5. Shooter performs efficient transition drills.

We all get lazy, we all get tired. A good coach will keep us on task and help us identify our shortcomings.

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