12 Dec 5 Home Drills You Can Train with Airsoft
5 Home Drills You Can Train with Airsoft
As for today we’re going to give you 5 drills you can do at home, with airsoft, in order for you to improve your shooting skills.
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So why do you want to do drills?
Well firstly, this allows you to create muscle memory which will allow you to do a movement without thinking too much. Doing these things frequently will allow you to speed up the process, but keep in mind it’s not about doing them fast, it’s about doing them correctly. The pace will build up itself automatically in time.
The drills we will teach you today were given to us by former Special Forces Operator Instructor Delta, important to notice is that these drills will also improve your skills with real firearms as well. But please mind that if you’re doing these drills with an airsoft gun you want to use a Gas Blowback system. This because the functions of the GBB systems are as close as possible to a firearm.
Drill 1: Drawing
Obviously this one has to be in our list, because if you don’t know how to do this instinctively you are already lost. For this there are 2 methods: you have the Israeli and US method. The US method is based on having a projectile in the chamber, so you don’t have to rack your gun when drawing it. On the other hand the Israeli method is based on having no projectile in the chamber, so you still have to rack the gun when drawing it. If you want to learn how to do the drawing correctly click on the image.
Israeli vs US method
To give you a comparison the Israeli method is used when you find yourself in non hostile territory it’s considered to be safer, because shit can always happen. The US method is used when you expect enemies, so we suggest to train both.
Above drawing, transitioning between your primary and secondary is also something you need to practice on a regular basis. Best way to do this is with all your gear on, so you immediately notice what might obstruct you.
Things to be aware of:
When training your drawing, do mind your body positioning, your footwork and the grip on your gun. Also important to notice, is the way you initiate the drill. You won’t always be expecting an opponent, so you won’t always be in a combat ready position. And for this, we also suggest you to train it that way. If you want to learn more about footwork, the grip on your gun etc. click on the image.
Drill 2: Trigger Control
Trigger control is one of the basic skills that will greatly improve the way you shoot. Here the essence is to remain in contact with the trigger and only go as far as needed to reset it. This can be noticed by its click. Please notice that for most airsoft guns the trigger reset is different when gas in the system. So we recommend you to train with gas filled magazines.
Here the importance of a gas blowback system comes to mind as most electric guns don’t have that clear trigger reset point. Of course the goal is to reduce the time between each shot taken. either to keep heads down or double tap your enemies for a secured hit.
Drill 3: Sight Acquisition
Getting your sights lined up between you and the target is something that needs to become automatic. The faster you’ll be able to do this, the more likely you’ll be the one taking the first shot. This can be done by starting in various positions, for example the low and high ready.
Things to be aware of:
Now, important to notice is that you also train this with your optic as well as with your backup iron sight, because if your optic fails you, you still need to be able to do it.
A pro tip to become even faster and remain situational awareness as well, is to shoot with both eyes open instead of closing an eye. This might require you to do some eye dominance straining, but in practice this makes a huge difference. If you want to learn how to shoot with both eyes open click on the picture and scroll down to number 5.
Drill 4: Reloading
Reloading is something that can be perfectly practiced with a gas blowback system. This because the functions are exactly the same as with a firearm. For this a tactical and speed reload need to become second nature and repetition is the key to become better at them. Another sample of the speed and tactical reload can be found by clicking on the image.
Tips for the use of gas magazines
A good tip to keep in mind is that gas magazines don’t like to receive shocks or they might start leaking. For this your best position yourself above a table with some pillows to reduce the shocks.
Also Magpuls will reduce the shock, which is for example useful if you’re doing a speed reload on concrete. And that is a golden rule for your GBBR users out there.
Drill 5: Movements
Body movements are essential for shooting, because they maximize your stability, reduce the chance of falling and they make it harder for an opponent to hit you. This might sound simple, but moving correctly without the need of thinking about it requires some repetition.
Things to be aware of:
Important to notice is your body positioning, your footwork and the positioning of your gun. For this you can make rotations going to left/right & 180 degrees. Go from standing to kneeling to prone and back and you can also add your drawing aiming and dry firing to that as well.
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