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I have been having a bit of a hard time getting accurate and quick first shots from a draw. As such, I have been looking into some training items which will allow me to practice this w/o the need to expend copius amounts of lead and copper.

I was looking at possibly getting one of these Beamhit setups but haven't found anyone with any first hand knowledge of how well they work. Anyone care to comment?

Open to suggestions for something else as well.
 

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just my $.02
spend the money on the copper and lead.... fight like you train....
start slow, pulling the trigger is one of the easier steps. try a snap cap, have the weapon the way you would carry it (ccw permit?)
break it appart into different steps,
1. hand to gun
2. draw from holster (just free it)
3. weapon up, shooting grip,
4. sight in
5. click
this can be practiced at home, then go to the range, same drill, but w/ ammo, try one round at a time, you'd be surprized at how long a box of ammo will last. put the time in and you'll get it, nobody becomes good at anything overnight, also when your life is on the line, you don't need 2 rounds in the ten ring in 1/2 a second, you need to eliminate the threat, if the rounds are center mass but 3" apart, will eliminate the threat? i think so......
 

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Practice dry fireing while drawing at home, pay close attention to your front sight, see if in your pushing down and to the left, jerking the gun in an attempt to get the round off faster than your grip is ready for. Also make sure you get the perfect grip on your pistol and just the fleshy part of your finger on the trigger.

I've did countless hours of draw practicing with dryfiring here at home and still fumble when using live ammo.

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
 

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Beam hit requires you cock the piece every time you wish to fire. Training at he range with live ammo is best. Have you taken a defensive pistol course yet? If not, do so. Drawing and firing requires pretty complex muscle memory and the 600 or so rounds taking a good course will at least get you started. Only real way is to fire a lot of rounds. You can also practice at home with unloaded gun, but you will lack the full effect of the round going off. Like dry fire, make sure gun is empty and remove any ammo from the practice area. Face a safe direction and practice drawing and bringing weapon up to get good sight picture on a selected point of aim. If you wish, cock the weapon and pull the trigger in dry fire mode as you find point of aim. Go slow at first, speed comes later. Good luck.
 

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Beamhit only requires that you cock each time if you are not using a traditional SA/DA. We are considering one at my PD for training. Not forholster work, but actual training with someone wearing the vest harness and role playing. While I agree that live ammo is best for what you want, I'm having a little trouble finding volunteers for live ammo for a force on force training day.
 

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Yes, I have taken a handgun class. I already do a lot of dry fire work, at least every other night. The problem is, I am not seeing an improvement in first shot accuracy or time. Dry fire practice w/ no feedback will only make sure that whatever I am doing, I will do it permanently. I am trying to find the errors and correct them.

The reason I am looking at something like this is I work 60-80 hr weeks and can't go to the range every night of the week. Hell, they are closed before I get out of work 3 days a week. So I am looking at something to supplement not replace the range day. Anyway, recoil control is not a big issue for me as my follow up shots are usually closer to COM than initial shots.

Since we are talking about first shot issues, I don't see a big issue w/ using this vs. live ammo anyway. If anything, it should help. If I am flinching, anticipating recoil, by using something like this w/ feedback, it should help me stop doing that. Since Also, since I am working on first shot problems, having to rack the slide on the pistol each time is not a big deal as I won't be trying to pull the trigger on a second shot.

So, unless people want to take up a collection for me to build a range in my basement so I can shoot live rounds whenever I want to, can we get back to the original question of has anyone used one of these or something like it?
 
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