It’s awhile since I’ve had a pistol bay all to myself, so I haven’t ran a Dot Torture/El Presidenté practice in quite some time. That’s ok, though, as I’m finding that in many ways, 15 minutes of dry-fire five times a day beats an hour and a half on the range.
If nothing else, you spend less time loading mags and more time pulling the trigger if you dry-fire.
I’ve been swapping out my USPSA “gamer” CZ75 with my carry/IDPA CZ P07 when I dry-fire, because I want to get better at BOTH sports. I shoot the CZ75 from a Blade-Tech dropped offset holster, and the P07 from concealment in a Crossbreed Supertuck. This begs the question as to how much of a disadvantage is shooting carry gear versus a competition rig.
Fortunately, I’ve done dozens of runs through the El Presidenté as I was climbing up to C Class, and have some hard numbers to report.
The El Presidenté Drill:
I use USPSA targets and scoring on the drill, so the faster and more accurate I am, the higher my score will be. The best accuracy possible is to get all twelve shots into the A Zone of the target for a total of 60 points, and a great time on this drill is something around five seconds with good hits.
I’m not great, but I am improving. Here’s my average scores for 3 1/2 years running the El Prez.
CZ75 (Improved trigger, Improved sights, no concealment)
Average Time: 9.5 seconds
Average Points: 42.4 points
Average Score: 4.53
CZ P07 (Dead stock, from concealment)
Average Time: 11.4 seconds
Average Points: 37.4 points
Average Score: 3.25
BTW, my best time (so far) on this drill is 7.3 seconds with 50 points of hits, which translates into a score of 6.85. Not bad, I can do better.
Obviously, having gear that is suited to the task at-hand improves your ability to do the task well, but my scores with both guns have dramatically improved since I’ve run those drills. The fact is, the basics of good practical shooting can be picked up and dropped onto almost any gun, and skill will trump gear every single time. Train the skill, and the gear will follow.