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October 31, 2011

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Join Dave Re, grand master in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) along with fellow grand master Jake Di Vita, CrossFit Director of Training Dave Castro and PT guru Kelly Starrett as they hone their shooting skills at the Pala Range in California.

“The USPSA is like the shooting version of CrossFit,” says Di Vita. “You never know what’s going to happen at the match.”

Re discusses the current set-up of stages as being very dynamic and requiring you to move, be fast, and “get efficiently in and out of position.” He drills the athletes on techniques for rapid transitions. He and Di Vita coach the athletes through the “easy exit and the hard exit” and the “easy entrance and the hard entrance.”

They discuss how to train and reinforce complex footwork patterns through CrossFit.

“Someone who works on this stuff works on movements that are functional that build, you know, kinesthetic awareness and that build coordination, balance and agility—all of these things, it’s very easy to show them particulars of a thing and have them pick it up very quickly because their body already knows how to do what their mind is telling them to do,” says Re.

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Additional reading: CrossFit’s Right on Target by Dave Re, published March 29, 2009.

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11 Comments on “Shooting Skills and Drills: Moving Into and Out of Position”

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wrote …

I had forgotten:
1) The quality of the instruction I received
2) How hard shooting is as a skill
3) How fast those guys are
4) How much room I have to get better

I never forget:
1) no one is shooting at me when I do this.
2) my tactical athlete brothers and sisters are bad ass.
3) I need way more range time.

kstar

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wrote …

@Kelly - all of the above are true, my friend ;-) Looking forward to the next time... and better posture while I'm at it so I don't look FAT :-O

3

wrote …

Nicely done gents. Looked like a fun range day.
What make/model guns are all of you all shooting?

4

wrote …

El Presidente (from Wikipedia)
One combat pistol drill is the El Presidente drill, developed by Jeff Cooper in the 1970s and published in the January/February 1979 issue of American Handgunner magazine.[5] This is used as a benchmark to gauge a shooter's skills, as it tests the draw and reload, and requires good transitions and follow-through

The story Cooper told was he did some training in South America and as he was leaving they wanted a test. He felt they the training he taught them to should suffice but they were insistent. So he came up with this.

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wrote …

Nice shooting. I'd like to see a vid with Dave Castro or another Crossfitter in a Kayak now. Roles reversed. Teach them how to roll and then hit up a play wave some where or some class 3 fun boating. Can you make that happen?

Dr. J

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wrote …

Been waiting with anticipation for this to finally show up in the Journal since the teaser after the last video. Loved the friendly competition and instruction. Thanks for expanding the conversation regarding transferring skills with fitness.

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wrote …

Been waiting with anticipation for this to finally show up in the Journal since the teaser after the last video. Loved the friendly competition and instruction. Thanks for expanding the conversation regarding transferring skills with fitness.

8

replied to comment from Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan,

Kelly was shooting a Smith and Wesson M&P9. Dave Castro was shooting a Sig P226 X-Five in 9mm. Jake and I were shooting USPSA Open division guns (aka "race guns") based on the STI 2011 platform, Jake's in a *VERY* souped up 9mm and mine in .38 Super.

Hope that helps ;-)

Dave

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replied to comment from David Re

Thanks Dave, I'm retired LE and therefore I'm extremely familiar with the Glock frame. I shoot a "lightly" modified Glock 35. If you ever are in Ga. I would love to throw some lead downrange. It has been far too long since I've been to the range. Opening an affiliate can take a ton of time and effort. Look us up and drop by if you ever are close. CrossFit North Alpharetta.

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wrote …

Good stuff, guys.

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wrote …

This video got me all fired up to go to the range and share shooting with other fellow CrossFitters! I dropped $300 on ammo yesterday and we are going to the range tomorrow! If you want to come along let me know! We are heading to SharpShooter in Torrance.

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