Rob Leatham – Professional Shooter/Trainer
Rob Leatham is a world renown professional shooter sponsored by Springfield Armory. During his time competing in professional shooting competitions he has amassed an impressive list of credentials and awards to prove he is the real deal when it comes to shooting handguns.
Here are just a few of Rob’s accomplishments:
- 6-time IPSC World Champion
- 20+ USPSA National Title Holder
- Law Enforcement & Military pistol trainer for 25+ years.
In addition to Rob’s incredible success in competition shooting, he also understands that the “best” should also be the “best” at teaching their skills. When Rob is not competing he routinely offers general pistol training and instruction via YouTube videos, but also provides hands-on courses to law enforcement and military agencies.
To check into one of Rob’s training courses go to his website listed below. Richard, Randy and I have all met and talked with Rob several times at SHOT Show. He has always been professional, personable, and easy to talk to. His love of shooting is evident, and he does not tower over people with his mastery of skills or accomplishments. Rob Leatham is as down-to-earth as you can get, and a great overall person.
Recently I received a short training tip posting from Springfield Armory, with a quick reference to Rob’s 6-Points to better handgun shooting. The training topics are a great review for all handgun shooters. The following is a direct quote from that Springfield Armory training post:
Rob Leatham’s – “Improve your trigger pull with these 6 tips”
One of the most important aspects of firing accuracy is the trigger pull. Your ability to perfect this area of shooting will improve your performance faster than any other skill.
Consider the following tips for bettering your trigger pull technique.
THE RIGHT GRIP
If your firearm is too large, your hand can’t exert the proper force to pull the trigger.
Similarly, if you grip the firearm in the wrong way, you’re not using your arm and hand muscles to their full potential.
Make sure your firearm is well suited to your grip.
ISOLATE THE TRIGGER FINGER
Your index finger is used for the express purpose of pulling the trigger.
When I am ready to shoot, I concentrate on only moving my trigger finger.
In other words, isolate the trigger finger’s movement from the rest of your hand so as to not interrupt the sight picture.
PRACTICE DRY FIRE
“Dry Firing” is an excellent way to practice and perfect your trigger pull away from the range. Without the recoil and noise resulting from live fire, you can observe any movement of the gun. It’s easy and convenient and saves on expensive ammo.
Though dry fire is not a replacement for live fire, I do it regularly. Without having to worry about recoil, you can focus on your grip and perfect how you pull the trigger. Regardless of whether ammo is being used, remember to always follow the firearm safety rules.
This is a firearms training tip that the BlueSheepDog Crew have supported for a long time!
Firing a gun is loud and your body is expecting the recoil.
Due to this, many shooters develop what can be described as a “flinch”. It’s important not to anticipate and prematurely react to this sound and recoil. Doing so can cause problems with accuracy. Mentally remind yourself to stay in the same position, gripping firmly and aiming all the way “through” the firing of a shot.
Practice maintaining control of the gun at all times, not just up until the instant a round is fired.
Remember, if the gun is in your hand you are controlling it whether you are actively shooting or not.
Focus is more than just the physical act of seeing with your eyes. Shooting accurately is as mental as it is physical.
Concentrate on feeling things like the trigger pull and grip pressure. Don’t just “look at the front sight”. Focus on the target and sights along with the feel and movement of your trigger finger.
Several things happen at once to fire an accurate shot, but with practice you should become more proficient.
Once you have a basic understanding of the techniques involved, practice and discipline will be what allows you to shoot your best.
Jerking your trigger finger back quickly while in the learning phases destroys your accuracy.
Only the most advanced and skilled shooters are able to do this and maintain an even unmoving grip on the gun. Save that for later as you progress.
Pull the trigger evenly so that you do not interrupt sight alignment. Think smooth and steady.
Leatham’s comments are spot on, and the dry fire practice is something all cops should be doing weekly. Just like our 2015 BlueSheepDog Challenge, where we asked readers to make 10 perfect draws from their holster (with a safe handgun) to improve draw times and accuracy, the dry fire practice can dramatically improve accuracy, especially on follow-up shots.
Here’s just one of Leatham’s training videos: