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How to stay sharp in the "off season"?
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So now that 'Ol Man Winter is fast approaching, many of the clubs I shoot steel matches at are winding down until spring. I know many people shoot IDPA in the cold months (as USPSA season ends as well). I'm just wondering what many of you do in the winter months to stay sharp and keep your gun handling skills up?

As for me, I invested (word I use because its expensive!) in a membership to a local indoor range and plan on taking an hour a week and working on my skills. (Target transition, trigger press, etc). I also try to spend some time dry firing and drawing to keep things smooth.

Anyone else hate seeing the weather turn cold?
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setup bullet stop in the barn. gives me 25 yd. indoor range. i use my ruger mkll.
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I blaze a trail through the snow into my club and enjoy having it to myself for the whole day Big Grin
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What off season? I shoot year round, rain, snow or shine.
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CPratt;27122 Wrote:What off season? I shoot year round, rain, snow or shine.

This. I make it a point to shoot in very high heat, frigid cold, heavy rainfall and and snowy weather at least once a year... just to stay sharp.

Also, if there is a long period where I can't carve out out the time to go to the range, I will dry fire. It's not perfect, but it does help.
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JohnUSCG;26794 Wrote:So now that 'Ol Man Winter is fast approaching, many of the clubs I shoot steel matches at are winding down until spring. I know many people shoot IDPA in the cold months (as USPSA season ends as well). I'm just wondering what many of you do in the winter months to stay sharp and keep your gun handling skills up?

As for me, I invested (word I use because its expensive!) in a membership to a local indoor range and plan on taking an hour a week and working on my skills. (Target transition, trigger press, etc). I also try to spend some time dry firing and drawing to keep things smooth.

Anyone else hate seeing the weather turn cold?

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Our local range has a wood stove. Pretty big one at that.

We go out with crisp white snow, start the fire and setup the targets. By the time everything is set, the stove is hot.

I will say practicing a draw while wearing a coat, or gloves. It adds a whole new variable. And I have noticed my rifle shots at longer ranges change as well. I would assume it is the density of the air. But it is noticeable on rimfire at 200 yards.
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