We are all looking for ways to enhance our training to make us a better marksman, or we should be anyway. There are so many different tools at our disposal it gets hard to choose from at times. These tools range from free to thousands of dollars.
We train or target practice and either get bored or frustrated with it because we aren't getting the results that we're looking for so we either quit or go out looking for another gun, etc. I will say that a LOT of people go out and buy a gun because it looks cool or it's what everybody else recommends and it may not be right for them.
Whether it's too much caliber or recoil or the gun is just too small to control when first starting to shoot it, there are tools we have that we can use to become better marksmen with them.
Not to take away from the more expensive training aids available to us that have there place in training and do help tremendously there are free or almost free tools as well. We use corrective shooting targets to help aid in our training. They make both left and right handed targets and we suggest everybody use both and practice with your weak and dominant hands, two handed and single handed. You never know when you might be attacked and your dominant hand is taken out. Below are photos of the targets.
As you can see with these targets they actually show you what you're doing wrong so you don't have to guess and just get frustrated in the process. I have been using these targets for about 10 years now and they helped me and have helped my students tremendously over the years.
We give them out to our students and they can take them and make copies of them so the only cost is the cost to copy them.
I suggest starting at 5 yards until you're able to shoot out the center triangle and then move back a couple large steps, do the same and move back, etc. This will build your marksmanship up to the point you're comfortable and confident with it to defend yourself.
Our targets also have the survival 5's drill on them. The survival 5's gets you to the confident point to defend yourself in an attack. Place your target at 5 yards, holster your gun with 5 rounds. Having someone time you or download a free shot timer, draw and fire 5 rounds at the target aiming at the center. If you can put all 5 shots within the 5" circle marked on the target within 5 seconds at 5 yards you should feel confident enough to defend yourself in an attack.
This is the typical overall rule of thumb most firearms trainers go by. This drill has helped my students and myself tremendously over the years. It will build your point shooting, draw speed, shot placement, and confidence in being able to defend yourself very quickly.
Stay Safe, Stay Armed.