The Official VODA Dry-Fire Drill for Conditioning.
I thought that it would be a good idea to shed some light into at least one of the Drills that I run here at VODA Inc. As stated in the video, I called this Drill and Drills like this “BLEEDERS™” because when I was being trained I had to run Drills like this so much and so long that my fingertips became so sore and “raw” that they would sometimes bleed. Some of the people that trained me were so hard on me that I would have to continue Drills like these even while my fingertips were bleeding. This is not to mention the other minor injuries I sustained such as “Slide Slices”, hot Brass Burns from hot ammunition casings and “bites” from the flesh of my hands sometimes getting caught in the Ejection Port of the Pistol as the Action would close. Sweet memories!
However, it was Drills like this one that conditioned me because they focused on a couple of variables. Those variables being:
BUILDING MUSCLE MEMORY
The time required for one to to build Muscle Memory will be dependent upon the person being trained. What I mean by this is that some people will need more or less repetitions of a Motor Skill than others in order to achieve Muscle Memory. But there should be something said about Muscle Memory, what we are attempting to achieve is the creation of new neurological pathways in the brain. I won’t go into detail here but just know that that is what we are ultimately trying to create. Remember this is a Gross Motor Skill dependent Drill.
Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Drills like the BLEEDER™ and other Speed Drills are created to build Speed. This Drill can be also practiced with Resistance Bands. When you train with Drag it will build performance.
The more you do Drills such as these and the longer you do Drills like these – the more endurance you will gain. Endurance as far as maintaining the orientation of the Muzzle becomes really important when utilizing heavier weapon systems such as rifles chambered in 7.62x54R/.308.
GRIP STRENGTH TRAINING
Hey lets face it, some people when they first start manipulating with weapon systems such as the Pistol do not have the acquired Grip Strength in order to manipulate the Slide. Drills such as the BLEEDER™ will definitely assist with helping them acquire that Grip Strength. Drills like these are also good for people that may suffer from some forms of Arthritis. The only thing is that they will only be able to conduct the Drill for short periods of time.
SIGHT ALIGNMENT & SIGHT PICTURE
If you know anything about Shooting this should be a “no brainer”. Drills such as the BLEEDER™ should assist you in practicing in properly aligning the Front and Rear Sights in relation to each other. This is an important thing to do when utilizing Aimed Fire.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO CHARGE THE PISTOL
Remember that there is more than one way to skin a cat. So in the case of having to Charge the Pistol for this Drill make use of all ways to Charge a Pistol. In the video I demonstrate two of the most common ways to Charge a Pistol. Mix it up, create and incorporate your methods of Pistol Charging.
Fluidity comes from Muscle Memory and the creation of neurological pathways in the brain over time. It takes time to build Fluidity. So with that being said, take all the time needed so that you can achieve the level of Fluidity that you feel you need. In the words of the Great Paul Castle inventor of the Center Axis Relock System (C.A.R.): “Don’t try to be me and I won’t try to be you.”
This is only practiced when you add Stress to the Drill (or any Drill for that matter). If you are going to add Stress start off light and then increase the Stress so that you are getting the most out of the Drill (or any Drill).
CORRECT TRIGGER PRESS
The main thing we should be concerning ourselves with is the fact that we are pressing the Trigger rearward. Here at VODA we do not “squeeze” or “Tap” Triggers. We press them because it denotes the fact that you are applying pressure to the Trigger (rearward) so that we are not disturbing the Sights of the Pistol (or any weapon system).
You can add or Artificially Induced Malfunctions (A.I.M.) or simulate different types of Malfunctions. Add them when you are ready.
A.I.M. (Artificially Induced Malfunctions)
Last but not least, I’m here to tell you that its OK to fumble. In fact you are supposed to fumble. If you are not fumbling on your reloads in this Drill or any Drill you are not practicing. So get the idea that your never going to mess up or that you are less than if you do fumble in the reloading process. This is real life not some movie production with all the editing that people are uploading on YouTube so that you look better than what you are (you know who you are). Keep it 187,000 G.