This weekend I had the opportunity to take a class with Steve Anderson, the de facto “Dry Fire Guy,” and author of Refinement and Repetition, Dry-fire Drills for Dramatic Improvement. You may remember my earlier post about the Dry Fire Tune Up With Steve Anderson where we went over his program via FaceTime, where he watched me practice and corrected a bunch of issues that I had. In fact, I saw so much improvement that I put together the class just to get him out here for a live fire training session and he did not disappoint.
Steve keeps his classes very small, 6 of us, so we got a lot of individual attention and personal coaching. He honed right in to all of the inefficiencies that each student carried with them and customized the instruction for each student. It was very impressive how he kept a running list of things each student needed to do to progress.
We started out the class with a stage specifically designed to show weaknesses in each shooter’s style and things we needed to work on moving forward. We then moved into the dry fire component which at first glance seems a little ironic being this was a class to learn more about shooting, but the point of the class is that we know how to train by ourselves, and it gave him a great opportunity to see what each student could improve upon. Shortly after that we actually loaded up the magazines and started the live fire component of the class where he teaches how to call your shots, and deliver accurate rounds by NOT AIMING TOO MUCH. Yep, not a typo. You’ll have to take the class to understand what that is all about, but it certainly resonated with everyone there with some pretty dramatic improvements for some of the students. The rest of the day we worked on drills around moving fast and shooting on the move.
Day two, we started with the actual 36 minute dry fire program we covered in day one, then on to the live fire drills. I had some pretty incredible breakthroughs in Day Two of the class with knowing what my sight picture needs to be for what type of target, shooting on the move, and moving between positions. I learned a ton of things that I “knew,” but had not really internalized yet, but for some reason it all just came together for me when Steve was at the helm.
We finished up the class by shooting the stage from Day One again and the change in everyone’s performance was amazing. It was really like an entirely new group was shooting and everyone was all grins because of the gains we had all made.
I’ve had the opportunity to have had trained with some of the other big names in the sport and have learned a lot along the way, but I’ve never learned so much in so little time as I did this weekend. Steve seems to earnestly get more gratification out of the gains his students make than even the students themselves which I think is the hallmark of a great instructor. He’s been teaching for a long time and it shows. I honestly believe he is the best instructor in the industry and as it turns out, a heck of a nice guy.