I posted yesterday about how the "Shoot To Reset" trigger technique did a whole world of good for my groupings - and especially for my speed. Here's how it works.
Obviously, make sure that you're following the 4 Rules when you do this.
But unless you're firing a fully automatic weapon, you have to release the trigger before you can shoot another round. If you release it all the way, you have reintroduced all that white space that you'll have to cover. This is where Shoot To Reset comes into play.
So what does all this mean in a practical sense? I shot four magazines (shown below; note that the last one - on the right hand side - was where I was doing a different experiment with my grip, and so should be ignored). The three of interest were an initial slow fire ("take all the time you want") control group, and then two groups of medium/quick fire (no slower than one round per second).
Both of my medium/quick groups are the same size as the slow fire control, which I found to be nothing short of astonishing. The second of the med/quick groups might have even been slightly smaller than the control (!).
Remember, this was the first time I'd ever done this - my first 20 or so shots using this technique. If you're like me, it'll work for you too.
I guess this makes sense. Just as removing parts will tend to increase the reliability of mechanical devices, removing part of your motion sequence will improve the reliability of your actions.
UPDATE 17 February 2011 11:53: Welcome visitors from Say Uncle! You might want to follow the link to by first post on Shoot To Reset, which has a bit more on the subject.
I also shamefully forgot to thank Sam at the Roswell (GA) Sharpshooters USA, who took the time not just to describe the theory to me, but to work with my mechanics as well. Very much appreciated, and highly recommended. Anyone who can make me shoot decently is a Higher Being; if you're in the market for this sort of thing, you can do a lot worse than seeking him out.