MUST HAVE DRILLS before your 1ST RANGE TIME!May 31, 2021
Hey guys, I'm lena mitchell ik and I'm here to welcome all of you first
timegun buyers. I know there are a lot of them, especially right now, and what I'm going to do is give them a little practice at home. Before you even get to the
range, I'll show you five
drillsto get you a little more familiar. drill is, I'm going to suggest that you go see how to shoot a gun; that video should be linked below along with the recoil handling which will be listed below and then stay tuned in the future. I'll share a little 50-round practice session with you so that when you get to the
rangeyou know what to do when you get there, so the first thing we need to do is realize that each gun you're going to
haveto pick up, so let's start by making sure that everything is clear.
My gun is clean. Both of my magazines are completely empty and what we are going to do is called dry fire. This is more or less performing the shooting movements without the arm so that our weapon is clean. We're going to drop our slide now we're going to place it on the table. Now there are many ways to pick up a weapon. All of them are wrong, even this one is just there, but it's wrong, so I'm. I'm going to show you how to properly lift
yourgun off the table because one of the most important things when shooting is establishing a good grip and every
timeyou touch a gun you want to establish the correct grip, there is no intermediate grip. the right one or nothing else, so once you see how to shoot a gun you will know which grip you want to use and that will be how you will lift it off the table, always use both hands if you
havethe gift of two hands well, let's use both all the time, so this table is here, I mean, my gun is here on the table, use both hands, I'm going to use my left hand to pick it up and then my right hand to come. up and I set a high grip as high as I can remember the lower I get the worse my grip is the more recoil and everything I'm going to feel and in dry fire you want everything to be perfect because we're building? that muscle memory we use our left hand to lift it up, it gives us room to establish that high grip, our fingers will fall along the side of the sliding hand up and there we go, we have our left hand established, right hand, I always say For the People who are new, have a tendency to not know what to do with their fingers.
You know they have one finger in another. There is no finger here. The left hand is in a mitten. Guys, these stay together. They are always in a mint cell. The right hand is. The left hand set will appear and you will be here. You don't even have to present it to
yourtarget. You can do it if you want, but mostly we'll just pick it up and do it ten times, done, one, two. Aren't these three fun, making sure the grip is perfect every time? Here's another little tip if you're having difficulty establishing the same grip every time you have what we call floating hands, you know this hand moves around all you can do is establish that exact grip and you can ask a friend to come on and draw a line on your hands, so draw a straight line through both of my hands through this path, yeah, there you go from here, yeah, just straight, yeah, just something. that I can join both hands, so now I know that when these two lines match, my grip is correct.
Isn't that an easy reference? So every time I lift, I'll match these two lines. and here and again join my lines make sure everything is good come up now another thing to look for in your grip is you're going to want three points of contact you're going to want the web of your hand up here on that beaver tail you're going to want this right here the top of your left index finger to hit the bottom of your trigger guard and then your thumbs are placed on top of each other, so if you have those three things, you have the web of the hand here and the thumbs want Just know you can get pretty far, so we'll go again and every time you pick up that gun, you better find it. front sight because finding that front sight is very important because you're not going to be able to hit what you want when you get the scope if you don't, so once again line up the presentation, find our front sights and get them down good. and then once you're comfortable with that, once you do it at least ten times, we'll move on to the second exercise so that once you can lift your gun off the table comfortably and you're establishing the same grip that we're going to work on. biggest safety tool you have in the field and that is your trigger finger.
This is called an up and down exercise and it's pretty simple and what we're going to do is make sure that our grip is fully established. how we want, we're going to get to what is kind of a low position, ready to rest, for when you're in range and this is all about your trigger finger because remember if you're not on target if you're not ready to hook where is the trigger finger along the edge? so we're going to come here, we're going to find our target at the lower range, we're going to present the gun finger, it's going to go to the trigger, then we're going to shoot and go down and that's it, we do this a lot of times with new shooters because, again, this is the biggest safety tool you have in the field, so we want to make sure we establish that muscle memory because unless you're a shooter, when you go grab something with all your fingers, grab it, don't just do this, so we need to make sure that when we pick up weapons, it becomes second nature that this finger stays straight and that's how you get there.
I'm going to go up, down, up, down and this is it guys, this is just building muscle memory so you can be the safest person possible on the range. They will do this at least 20 times at least if they were a brand. new to shooting, this is a drill that you can't do enough like if and then you know it's another good thing when you go somewhere and you're a new shooter and you choose that you're going to play this, everyone's like oh wow they. They'll respect you a little more, they'll feel more comfortable with you because you're demonstrating great gun handling skills, that's all, making sure you find that front sight lined up in that rear notch if you have iron sights, if you have a dot, making sure you finding that point, placing it on the target, touching the trigger, okay, do it 20 times or as many times as you need to feel comfortable and then we move on to exercise number three, exercise number three, we have to put bullets in the obviously we don't have bullets, but we
mustput magazines in the gun before doing so.
I want to show you two variations of how to release the magazines, because once you put them in, what we have to do is take them back out. now, this here is the magazine release button. Now, if you are left-handed and have a weapon that can be switched, being ambidextrous is a huge advantage. Most polymer weapons, this is a x5. The entire 320 line is ambidextrous. You can change this button. be on this side so when you are left handed you can hit it with your thumb, so if you are left handed I suggest you switch, there are tons of videos out there, if you are not comfortable with that you can go to your local gun store or gunsmith local and they can easily do it for you, so once you have the magazine release on the side you prefer there are two options, if your hands are smaller you can hit it with your support hand to continue. from shooting to hitting it here, you keep these fingers here, you don't just go out and you know, hit it, you don't come here and do this either, you come here, you open your grip enough to press the button that your magazine releases if you're dry firing at home, Please note that when you drop these magazines, they will fall out.
I prefer to stand on a table and if you don't have a table, stand up, make sure you have shoes on because these will break your toes. I know from experience, so move our charger. Option one is to open our grip. Place our supporting hand. Thumb on it. Push and go. We dropped a charger. Option two is the one I actually use. Both are fast and efficient. I've practiced, so don't feel like one is necessarily superior to the other, just choose which one is better for you, so option two is: I'm going to hit it with the thumb of my strong hand.
Now you can see that I can't reach it right now. in my shooting grip, so what I have to do is rotate the gun in my hand a little to press the magazine release button and then switch it back to shoot here one more time, BAM, so there are your two main options to get the magazine out of the gun now, every time we grab a magazine we want our finger to run along the front side of the magazine, which side is the front side of the magazine, well it's the one that faces the bullets, so if I had bullets here, they would be pointing in this direction.
I want the bullet to point at my finger, so whether you're working with a belt, a table, a bag, or upside down, it doesn't matter, you always want this finger to run. the front of your magazine and that's because when you do your reloads it makes it consistent if I hold it like that. I have no idea where the end of this charger is and they will be very inconsistent, so we run our finger across the front. we come here, we move and we hit it with our palm, so once again we go from here to come back placing our finger along the front lining everything up and giving it a good old fashioned exchange, the correct term for reloading is the correct term for reloading in case you were. unknowingly, I know you're new, so I'm going to introduce you to all kinds of jargon, so here we are running our finger on the front magazine to reset the grip, so now that I've shown you how to release the magazine, how to insert it.
Let's get into the exercise. What we will do is this ten times. You'll start with a magazine and your gun. You will reach your small level. Ready. Here we are going to reach the objective. find our sights find our finger on the trigger off the trigger we're going to drop the magazine any way we feel we're going to find our next magazine with our finger along the front line up we're going to give it a good push we're reestablishing our perfect grip Present the gun on the target finger to shoot. Finger off the trigger and then we'll restart to do it again.
Now we will do this about ten times to have our charger inside. Let's establish our grip. and even if you want to get crafty with him, you can start with him off the table and you can do everything together, so pick up our gun, set our grip, find our sights, find our trigger finger, drop the magazine, find our next magazine. finger along the front line finishing off sending it home setting our perfect grip again and pushing out the target let's do that one more time up look at the trigger finger off the magazine release finding our next magazine sending it home setting your good grip finding our sights finding our trigger there you have it guys you will do it ten times at least remember more time behind this gun in bed and you will feel more comfortable and confident so do all these exercises as many times as you want or as many times since you have time for now, move on to number four now that we know how to reload, we're going to take our magazine, we're going to put it back in our gun, now we're going to work on the slide lock, now this is going through the motions, notice that if you have ammo and the gun it will be a little different when you go out to the range but we will mainly learn the moves so now we have a magazine inserted when we have an empty magazine in our gun and we put the magazine in. slide all the way back it will lock and this simulates running out of ammo when you are shooting which will happen so when this happens we will take out our magazine and practice dropping the slide this is mostly just gun manipulation here.
I want you to get used to moving the slide. Let's lock the slide. Release the slider. Do all that. Feel super comfortable with this weapon. No, there is, let's see, let's put our empty magazine. Let's pull it. Now there are several ways to place the slide. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that when you go to a range, you will be operating at what is called 180 degrees, so pretty much from here to here I can point my gun, but anything beyond this is not safe. because we're usually working in a line, a line of people, so imagine when you're dry firing you have people on either side of you and your cannon can never go past this angle, it has to work within this, so a lot of times when We go to Rack, people go to recess, they have a hard time with it and that's okay, there's a little bit of technique behind it.
One thing is that I always like to turn my body because naturally, when I put this gun in, look at that. My neighbors won't be too happy with me sitting here trying to point my gun at them, so we're going to want to always keep our gun at the lowest range. We can turn our body now we can bring it closer. Because we like it? Bring it closer is where you open a jar where you thread a needle Where is your our place? It's right close to your body. You do not donothing out here, so if we're struggling to move our slide, we bring the gun. close to our body, my preferred method is to simply place a clamp over the rear teeth, you never want to have your hand on the chamber, fingers can get caught here and also if there is ammo in there it can cause a lot of malfunctions, so you want to stay behind or ahead.
I personally prefer behind, so we're going to hold the palms and the top fingers right here, this hand is still in that perfect grip and then with the movement I'm going to push forward and backward at the same time, now we have an empty magazine here, so which will lock automatically, so we're going to hold it here and we're going to go and it should lock. the rear is fine, so once it's locked in the rear we want to release the slide, we're going to go ahead and take out the magazine. There are now two main ways to release the slide.
One is you have this little button here that you can't. push in but straight down, I say again you don't push it in, not like the magnetic release, you are going to push it down so you put your thumbs up and push down and that will make your slide fall another way manner. it's just doing the same thing we did to lock it in the back, you can just pull back and release it and that will lock it in the back, people do it this way, it's called a slingshot. I like to keep everything pretty. Anyway, I don't like a lot of different ways, so this is my main way of attaching the slide and this is the way I lock my slide in the back.
This is the main way I drop my slide. It's simply the form. main way I do it all, but you will find what you prefer, so now that we know all that information, I can finally get to the drill, we put our charger in and we'll wrap it, we'll take out our charger and now I would say do it both ways, find what that you like the most. I'll do it five times, dropping my slide with the slide release button, right now I'm going to put my magazine back in the racket, take out my magazine, drop my slide, put my magazine in the racket making sure that if it was on the line my muzzle will always stay down drop my magazine drop my slide magazine drop it now notice when I'm doing these reloads you see how I'm doing the reload the same thing I showed as before, every move you make here should be the same, so just because we're concentrating on dropping the slide doesn't mean my grip falters and it doesn't mean my reloads falter, so do it again insert the magazine which is the slide and now I'm going to drop it putting it on the back do that, pull back, push forward and release, so pull back, release the magazine again, close it, BAM, so we're comfortable with all the different manipulations of our Fire the gun one more time, here we go guys, so now you're getting a little more familiar with all those buttons and levers and how they interact with a gun.
We're going to move on to our last exercise number five, so the In the last exercise, you guys are probably saying, Well, we haven't even dry fired yet. What is dry firing? They are ready? Listen to this sound. Listen to that little click. It's the hammer of my gun falling. It's me pulling the trigger. the way back and the hammer falling, now realize that you do that every time you pull the trigger and make that click, you will need to position the gun again to reset the hammer, so let's be human. you do this, whereas if you're at the range you know if I pulled the trigger and there was a bullet in it, the slide would work, it would slide back, we would pick up a new bullet and feed it into the chamber resetting my hammer for me , but since we're not firing rounds here, we'll do it manually so we know our trigger.
Now this is what I spend the most time dry shooting because how do you interact with this. A little lever here is all you want is a smooth, steady motion. Remember we are always looking for those front sights so we will have a good grip. We're going to hold it. We will push up. Find our goal. Find our sight. pull the trigger gently all the way back we shouldn't see any movement in that front sight and that front sight should be what we're focusing exclusively on right now if you do this go to my manager here if you do this and try and pull the trigger and no nothing happens to your gun.
Many firearms have what is called a magazine lock which is where the hammer will not drop or the firing pin will not fire unless there is a magazine now if I try to chamber my gun with an empty magazine and what happens it locks on the rear, well we'll notice that to reset the striker or the hammer doesn't make a full movement, actually all I have to do is that right there, so load one or load depending on your preference and let's do this at least 20 times, we'll find our perfect grip, push up, find our sights, finger on the trigger, gently press back, take your finger off the trigger, come back, shake it just a little bit and that's it and we'll do it again you look press your finger finger straight come back racket up look your finger press down you look press your finger finger out come back down and this is all up and not much, we'll prepare you more for the range than this right here and back to turn it on and if you accidentally put it too far back and it locks, all you have to do is press the little slide release button OOP I know guys, it's really not that exciting, it's not that cool, it's not that magical. but if you go through the dry firing motions before you get to the range you will feel much more comfortable and this is something you can do without purchasing ammo so it is free.
Once you buy this weapon, you will be able to meet it. very well without even having to go, so if you have time constraints, if you are under financial pressure, anything, listen, just put the gun on the table, make sure there is no ammunition nearby, make sure you point it in the most direction. safe. There's nothing behind it, you get comfortable with it and just spend some time getting to know your new weapon, so I hope you found it useful. If you have any questions or want to expand your knowledge and shoot, don't worry, there is only one. a whole playlist of videos on this YouTube channel so make sure you watch them all and leave us comments and tell us what else you want to learn bye mmm.
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