A GM goes to School
Back in 2004, I knew nothing about practical shooting. I started “competing” in an indoor league, and I was soundly beaten by literally everyone for the first several months. In an effort to shoot better, I would plink at the range twice per week. This was certainly not truly practice, and although I showed some gains, I was still getting pounded by 90% of the competition.
In 2005, a book that completely changed my shooting life was recommended to me: Refinement and Repetition by Steve Anderson.
This book taught me not just how to train, but what to work on. 90 minutes a day for the next year, I dry fired following the drills prescribed in Steve’s training tome, and the results were significant. I shot straight from a bottom of the barrel D class shooter to A class in a matter of months.
Several years ago, I obtained my GM card in Production.
Dry fire training provided me with a method to practice without every being able to use any of the common excuses to skip the range: It’s too cold, late, rainy, or too far away to go to the range today. After all, my new Dry Fire range was only a few feet away!
The only problem with making something a routine is that over time we tend to get into a lazy groove.
The trouble with lazy grooves is that it is difficult to know that you are in one on your own.
When you are your own trainer, you don’t have someone to tell you what you are doing right, and what you are doing wrong.
So I decided to fix it. 8 years after I purchased Refinement and Repetition, I had the opportunity to train with that book’s author.
Having gone through the drills tens of thousands of times, I was unsure of what I could do to make them faster, sharper, and more accurate. What Steve did was give me the feedback that only a GM can give, and the experience was invaluable. I literally shaved 30% off of my par times at the end of the training session. Steve pointed out the critical elements in each conceptual piece of what we do in practical shooting, and his outside analysis allowed me to take that same outside-in look at how I was training, and how I should be training.
Honestly, I never would have thought that the GM would benefit the most from a professional training class. Steve didn’t either, and we were both pretty amazed by the results.
I also never thought that I could do a 0.6 second turn-and-draw. After spending an evening training with Mr. Anderson, I realized that I need to stop creating barriers to excellence, and start exploding to the next level.
I’m honored to be a member of Team AndersonShooting, and I’m proud to recommend Steve to any anyone who’s ready to stop struggling and start learning.
It won’t be easy, but it will be simple.
If you do the work, you will get the rewards.
“I received this book about a week before the next local USPSA match. After training about 1 hour a day I went from roughly 5th overall in production to winning the entire division as B class!(A class and Master class shooters present). After only a weeks time I was getting faster draws, better sight pictures and had no issues calling shots. This is something I’ll be sticking with consistently this season. I can’t think of a better testimony for this product. The things that are key here are the structure, and how it continually pushes you to improve. It takes the guess work and randomness out of dry firing at your tv/light switches and puts it into a tangible program where it’s easy to see your results. I’d highly recommend it.” John
“When either dry-firing at home or practicing at the range, if you’ve ever wondered, “Well, what should I practice today?” Then Steve’s book is a must have. His organized drills will guide you from beginning presentation skills to advanced multiple target engagement and transition techniques. It’s the practical shooting student’s perfect compliment to “Practical Shooting, Beyond Fundamentals.” Brian Enos
I just started shooting in IDPA matches and I figured if I was going to get any good I needed to start dry firing. Mostly to practice and save money. I picked up your book, Refinement and Repetition, last week.
I went and did some live fire today and I couldn’t believe the dramatic improvement in my groups. My groups are WAY tighter and more centered after one week of dry firing than practicing twice a month for the last year at the range. The interesting part is that most of the drills don’t even involve pulling the trigger. Lots of drawing and getting a sight picture or transitioning between targets. When I do pull the trigger, since the gun I have is striker fired, only the first pull is a realistic pull. I thought the book was a little expensive at first, cost of 100 rounds of practice 9mm, but the improvement has been more dramatic than 1000 rounds of practice ammo. Thanks for the great book! Kevin
I just purchased your two books and man they are awesome! After shooting my first ever match this past fall, the sport has completely taken over my life. Even though I spend at least an hour of EVERY day doing something to improve my game I felt like my dry fire work lacked “structure” and organization. Your drills where just what the doctor ordered. Starting out as a clueless D shooter with some athletic ability, I am now on the full sprint to M class (and going broke) before the end of the year. Hopefully someday you will see me at a major match so I can thank you for the great training tool! Jason Longley, Lewiston, ME
“I used to think that getting faster meant only getting my splits faster but I was wrong. I never thought about how I was going to get there. I saw a video of myself once and I saw a lot of things that I was doing wrong and things that I wanted to change. I was taking forever to get from one shooting position to the next and I don’t mean walking versus running. I also found out that the dry and live fire practice I was doing was a complete waste of time. I was not working on the things that I needed to work on to make me faster. I was just working on making bad habits stronger. The person that helped me change my bad habits was a GM named Steve Anderson from a cold and rainy place called Circleville, Ohio. We talked about what he did to make GM in one year and I was very intrigued with what he had to say. His dry fire routine was completely different than mine or any other I have seen thus far. He gave me a few pointers and he also told me about his dry fire book. Once I got his book, my game improved 100%. Other shooters at my home club got sick of hearing the name Steve Anderson this and Steve Anderson that but all that changed when my shooting started to improve. People started asking me where they could get a copy of his book. Six months ago, I was “C” class in Open . Now I am less than a percent away from “A” class. I also took 3rd “B” in Open at the my first nationals this year.” Jeff Whitaker
“I was reluctant to buy a “dry firing book”… I mean come on how much is there to dry firing? I did it a lot on the way to IDPA master. A friend said “it’s got some good tips, check it out”, so I ordered the book. I got the book and realized… holy cow this guy was DISCIPLINED! So I read the book through, and thought I would write a note to anyone who considers NOT purchasing this book. That’s right, I said NOT, because you’re the one that needs to know this is THE most comprehensive guide to dry firing out there. If you have any skills at all this will refine and hone them to whatever level you wish to take them. I’ve been dryfiring longer than Steve Anderson, but he has definitely got better results. I didn’t realize how disorganized I was.. yet still had pretty good results.
So, would you rather be in the fast lane to GM or the slow lane? This book is definitely the fast lane.” Steve Moneypenny
“I started IPSC shooting not long after you did and have enjoyed casually progressing from 2001::D, 2002::C, 2003::B in a very haphazard and undisciplined way – loading bullets and shooting and only once or twice a month doing any dry fire. I end up cleaning my gun and mags about 10pm the night before a match when I put on my holster and watch TV and index on the point of focus without watching anything else after I pick my target. Then usually I do a few reloads put my stuff by the door and go to bed. Having flipped through your R&R book I built a paper plate rack and last time before I came inside I spent some time on six paper plates drawing after the buzzer in the garage. I had a great match and I think this helped me get my 91% the next day on “CM99-49 Speed-E-Standards” dropping only four points. I am looking forward to actually finishing and working with R&R and developing dry fire practice habits and ideally finishing this year as a Limited “A” class shooter. This was my ‘intention’ – but now I have a plan. Tim
“I am a Police Officer and firearms trainer. I’ve been shooting local USPSA matches a few times a year for the past couple years as a means of keeping my skills up. I use a Glock 35 and duty gear in the limited class. I’m currently ranked in the C class and in July I placed 5th in my division at the local match. I’ve since purchased your dry fire book and the Mental Management book, which I used to focus my training. I made a commitment and practiced 3 times dryfire and once live fire each week over the past month. Anyway at the August local USPSA match I placed 1st in the limited division and 4th overall. I beat several A and Master class shooters. Thanks for the book. The drills are easy to set up and require no thinking on my part as to how to practice. What I was doing before was getting a little old. I also like that you give par times to shoot for on the drills. Good work on your part. THANK YOU!” David Blosser