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Q.      As a relative beginner to IPSC, how much time should I spend dry firing per session?


A.      Too much of good thing can be bad! I have always limited my dry firing session to 10 minutes at a time, any more then this and you can start to get tired and loose focus and as a result undo the good work you have done. You can do an hour or two a day if you like, but I recommend doing it in ten minute intervals through out the day.



Q.       I'm going to the Range with some clearly defined drills to work on.If I find that I'm struggling with one of them;(ie Inaccuracy,inefficient movement etc);is it worth my while to continue with that drill until it starts to come together or should I move onto the other work I've set myself and come back to it at a later date?


A.       It is always good to vary your training so you don't get bored doing the same repetitious thing, but that being said if you give up each time you get frustrated or start to struggle you're never going to progress. Determination and perseverance are key ingredients to success.

As far as inaccuracy goes there are a couple of things you need to rule out before you start getting down on yourself, for instance is the problem you or your equipment? This is easy to test by simply bench resting the gun and shooting a few groups, this should be the first thing you check before continuing with your drills, this sounds like a really simple thing but if your gun is not shooting where you think it is, it's really easy to start blaming yourself at the end of a training session.

As far as your inefficient movement goes, it's a little difficult to advise without being able to see how you are moving. Video is a good training tool, sometimes what it feels like you're doing and what you look like on video are two different things, if you can get somebody to video you, this might show you where your inefficiencies are.


Q.      Could you enlighten us on what sort of custom work you have had done to your STI? Is it a light or heavy, number of ports, what sort of power factor you like to shoot? that sort of thing and what it is about it that you like.



My gun is a basically a STI Trubor with some minor modifications done by Mathew Workman from Action Shooter Imports. The modifications I have had done include - Having the slide flat topped, lightning cuts in the front of the slide and the compensator profiled to match the slide flutes. I use a recoil master (heavy) but I have put my own outer spring on.

I run a cylinder and slide matched hammer and sear set and use a grey C-More click switch sight with a four minute dot. I like to use the grey C-More as it fades into the background and doesn't obscure the targets, and I like the four minute dot because it makes you concentrate and focus more and you can put the dot more into the targets.

Power factor wise, I generally like to shoot around the 170 - 172 power factor, this makes the compensator work better and you've got plenty of variation to work with when travelling to matches. You never know if you will get a high or low reading from chrono to chrono.

I have set my gun up this way because it's very nice to shoot, it points well and sits very flat when you shoot fast, you can drive it across a bank of  targets with ease.

What is it about the STI Trubor I like the most? Apart from the smooth cycling and grip angle I have always enjoyed great match reliability with all my STI guns, this for me is a big part of the winning formula.