I had the opportunity to take about 4-5 hours of instruction presented by Jim Erwin this past weekend. Before too much time slips away, I want to share my thoughts on Jim, his skill as an instructor and the coursework as it was presented.
But wait . . . there’s more. Isn’t there always.
About 1:30 PM I headed out to the range to set things up for him. We were scheduled for around 200 rounds downrange and about 4 hours of work – it became 5 hours with just raw darkness stopping the range time. In fact, the last shooter shooting his last set of drills was aided by Jim illuminating the target line with a flashlight.
The session began with a safety brief, medical brief and Jim giving an abbreviated bio on his history and experience. And that was followed by his general philosophy. If I had to boil it down I would say is was . . . “do the basics, do them very well . . . and speed will follow”. So, what did the basics consist of? Let me break them down in the way that I took them – I’m sure Jim will offer correction if necessary.
We spent hours working through number one. The range was about 5 yards. Our target was my favoring the LE Targets SEB target. Our very first drill . . . all 30 rounds of it . . . were single round engagements – 5 rounds at a time – on each of the 6 shapes on the targets. For each draw he was relentless on tweaking us from our stance, through our grip (I’ll spend a few extra words on this), driving to the target and transitioning our sight to the front sight, a smooth trigger press, follow-through in prep for a follow-up shot, and the a return to holster. As I said . . . he was relentless – little words here, moving hands there, questioning, explaining, listening . . . for 30 rounds, one round at a time.