“The perfect shot”, with Ruslan Dyatlov.

“The perfect shot”, with Ruslan Dyatlov.

In September 2012 I took a three days course, ‘the perfect shot’, with Ruslan Dyatlov.

 "The perfect shot", with Ruslan Dyatlov

“The perfect shot”, with Ruslan Dyatlov
Roy & Ruslan, Birmingham, Michigan

I started Olympic style pistol shooting just 6 months before the course, including air pistol, free pistol and standard pistol. Although reaching relatively good results for a newbie, I felt that something was missing.

Being an engineer, I like things being structured. After 6 months of practicing and competing intensively, I knew a lot of technique ‘pieces’, but I did not have a system, a clear process that I could follow, that when executed meticulously, will make every shot the ‘perfect shot’.

Hence I started to look around for help. I did not limit myself to my area of living, which is Sweden, but looked globally, as I wanted to learn from the best.

Very quickly I came across Ruslan Dyatlov, which was active in several forums and engaged in discussions about Olympic style shooting technique. I gave him a phone call, and the course he described sounded exactly what I was looking for – learning a process that will make every single shot, the perfect one!. After the phone call, I booked dates with him, and soon after, I was on the plane for the 10 hours flight to Troy, Michigan.

Ruslan came to pick me from the airport, and made sure I am comfortable in the hotel. Next morning he came to pick me from the hotel for the first day of the course. I was expecting that we will drive strait to the shooting range, and was very surprised when Ruslan said that the first day is all theory. I thought to myself – how much theory can there possibly be about shooting a hand gun?

In this sense, the first day was a real eye opener for me.  We spend the whole first day discussing the individual elements of the ‘perfect shot’ and how the elements are combined into a process. This day of theory was an incredible experience for me. For the first time, I could understand why some of my shots where good, and felt good, and why others felt bad, and were bad. By learning each element of the shooting process, and working on perfecting it, I could finally make the logical connection between the different steps. Ruslan explained each step of the process in length, and we dry practiced the theory with an air gun. I took a lot of notes, Ruslan was kind enough to share tips and tricks from his vast experience as an Olympic style shooter. At the end of the first day, I had my head and notebook full of valuable information that I was anxious to start implementing.

Day two was all action! We started with going to an open-air range with a .22 that Ruslan had with him. For a few hours and a few hundred rounds, I tried to implement the theory from the previous day into practice. I shot the whole time ‘Olympic style’, single handed at 25 yards. Ruslan was for the whole time just behind my shoulder, watching, correcting and explaining. It was great, great, great! I could see, literally, how towards the end of the session my groupings got smaller and smaller. Now I had a process I could follow and perfect over time.

The second part of the day was pure ‘bang-bang’ fun activity. Ruslan took me to an indoor shooting range were he rented a few handguns (I could basically pick anything I wanted to try) and I spend a couple of hours shooting a few hundreds of various calibers rounds.

The third day was more of the same, but with a twist. The ‘Olympic style’ practice also included more advanced exercises. One of them which I thought was exceptionality challenging was that Ruslan ‘messed up’ the sights on the pistol, and I had to find the correct settings again, in the shortest time possible (by shooting, marking and adjusting). This exercise was to practice a situation where my gun breaks down in a completion, and I have to use another one which was not setup for me beforehand. Very interesting it was!. The second half of the third day was yet again more fun activity, with another session of shooting anything I wanted to try! 

Since the course, I have implemented the process and techniques that I have learned from Ruslan, and I see a steady improvement in my results. From time to time, I get back to the notes I took during the course, and I find myself very often re-discovering valuable information. It could be something that Ruslan taught me and I forgot, or something that Ruslan mentioned during the course that I only fully understood after having more experience in the sport.

 All in all, I am so very happy and pleased with the course I took with Ruslan. Not only that I have learned so much valuable information that really helped me with my development, it was also a pleasure to spend the time with Ruslan. He is a very helpful and honest person, and I could really feel that it was important for him that I make the best of my stay.

Roy Weg