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Drill Name Eye Speed Posted On/By 7/3/2010 by RangeLog Admin
Author/Credit Matt Burkett Scoring Shooting Time
Focus Areas Speed, Efficiency Public or Private PUBLIC
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Visit Matt Burkett's web site at PredatorTactical.com

“You can only shoot as fast as you can see.” Well it’s true!

Increasing your eye speed can have a dramatic impact on your shooting skills. Time lost on target transitions can result in seconds added per stage. Here is a way to increase your eye speed and decrease your target transitions.
 
Without your gun, take two one inch black dots with a 1/4” white center and put them about five feet apart on your living room wall. Now standing about five feet back bring the white dot on the left one into focus. Quickly snap your eyes only to the other dot and bring the other white center dot into focus. Don’t move your head, use just your eyes. Now go back and forth as fast as possible bringing the center dot into focus each time. You will probably start noticing how your eyes first locate the black dot with your peripheral vision and then how your eyes zero in on the center and bring it into sharp clarity. Try this for a couple of minutes. You will probably develop a light headache, take a break and repeat. Your eyes have never had to work this hard before. Once you see some improvement put one dot three feet above the other one and practice vertical transitions with your eyes.
 
Now, move the dots back to the horizontal plane and put one just out of view. This way you have to move your head to get to it. Your eyes always lead everything! They are the fastest part on the human body. Use your eyes to snap over and start searching for the other dot, your head then automatically follows.
 
It’s time to add the gun--unloaded with no ammo in the vicinity of your practice area! (Assuming the use of the dot) Put the dot on the first white spot and pull the trigger smoothly. The difficulty of the shot will determine if you need to see the dot lift. Now snap your eyes to the other dot, focus clearly on the white spot. The gun will be catching up with your eyes and slowing to the white spot where your will pull the trigger again. DO NOT slam the gun to a stop, slide it into position. A good analogy for this is braking your car coming up to a stop sign. You don’t hit the brakes at the stop sign, you start preparing to stop earlier (except for those who California Stop). What you don’t want to see is the dot jiggling around when the gun stops.
 
NOTE: If you are shooting Iron sights vs. optics you would bring the front blade into focus after clearly focusing where you want the bullet to go.
 
Practice smooth perfect transitions before trying to speed up. You have to teach your body what you want it to do before going faster. This also applies to reloads, draws, etc. and will help when you go faster so that you won’t have any extra unneeded movements that waste time. Burn it in and then speed it up.
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