The windchill was below 0 the day I took that picture but I still loaded up and went to the range. It was a need trip. During the shooting drills I could feel the rust dusting off of my fundamentals.
Shooting is a discipline that requires constant practice. I spent to long away and aspects of my skill set suffered. My draw was slower and clumsier even factoring in a new holster. The grip and trigger press discipline I’d spent a substantial amount of effort on has slipping. I was shooting low/ low left with my P226, a sign that recoil anticipation was back.
Now I didn’t shoot badly overall. The course I shot I passed with the highest graded rating, dropping only a few points. The issue wasn’t passing an overall skill metric though, the issue was skill regression. I don’t like slipping.
There’s only one thing the combats skill regression, practice.
So even though we’re frozen, Michigan… do not get rusty.