Training Classes Do Not Make For A Better Shooter

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According to Tim Herron of Team Sig Sauer there is a lot of misinformation from Armchair Experts. He breaks down five things he advises to be a better shooter.

 

  1. Dryfire. It’s real. And it works. It also costs NOTHING but an investment of your time and the benefits are endless.
  2. Training Classes do not make a better shooter. Practicing what you learn from those classes is what makes you a better shooter. Training classes merely gives you new ideas to practice on.
  3. Gear is never the answer. You can improve with what you have.
  4. Focus your practice on purposeful things. Things that really apply. Literal tons of repetitions both in dryfire and live fire and immense amount of PURPOSEFUL rounds down range.
  5. Finally, stop with the delusions of self grandeur. Want to start truly improving? Quit BS’ing each other on the Internet and get your rear end to work. You don’t learn this stuff by osmosis. And you certainly don’t get better at any of this by repeating the baseless BS you read or heard some supposed “hardcore operator or competitor” say out of context to someone else 3rd person.

Tim has some good points and some of them seem obvious. However I do argue against the “gear is never the answer”. If gear is not the answer then why do people not compete with Hipoints? To a certain degree gear matters. There is a reason people don’t use Uncle Mike’s holsters for serious shooting.  Also gear can help with some shortcomings one may have. For example, red dots on handguns is easier and quicker for people with poor eyesight.

 

What are you thoughts on Tim’s analysis and advice? To read his entire article check it out here at MASF.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • He was speaking from the context of a USPSA shooter. As long as you don’t have junk, gear isn’t going to improve your performance greatly. In fact I would argue that a lot of times the performance improvements seen with new gear is because we spend the time going back the fundamentals when we get a new piece of gear.

    The example of the Mirco RDS handguns for example, I’ve never practiced with one, so the few times I try someone’s elses up I am slower than with traditional iron sights. But if I put in the time working on it my times will improve. But what is often not seen that once you go back to your old gear you are faster than before because the time you spent mastering the Micro RDS is range time that you might not have spent on those fundamentals if you didn’t pick up the new piece of gear.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I wouldn’t have beleived anyone if they had told me how bad most USPSA shooters are at malfunction clearing, uncommon shooting positions, or in particular the open guys how poor reloads and manipulation are.

      I had to see it for myself to beleive it. Even SIMPLE manipulation things like tap/rack…. hell, even properly admin loading a gun(!) go completely south when watching my local competition shooters.

      • Maybe some self taught shooters don’t understand the basics of tap-rack-bang. But I’ve seen others can clear malfunctions so fast that you hardly have a chance to realize what they are doing.

        Same for open shooters and reloads. There are some that simply suck at them, and their are others that can hit a reload blindfolded, upside down, falling out of an airplane, on fire, chased by ninja monkeys, and the monkeys are on fire too.

        Another thing to remember that is a huge gulf in skill between a D level local competitor and a Grand Master. And an equally large gulf between a new Grand Master and a National Champion. And the local match you attended might not have had any of the upper level shooters at it, it is quite common particularly if you attended on the same weekend as there was a major match in your area.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Some, yea. I think overall it’s the difference in competition shooters going out and practicing absolute best case scenarios over and over. When things go back, it’s a shock.

          • Scott Thompson

            I am not sure what competition shooters you saw, but that is far from my experience. If you are talking about D class shooters, yeah. B and above are so much better at everything than the average weekend shooter it is pathetic.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      This article I think was aimed for the novice. Gear starts to come into play when you reach a higher level and are trying to get even better. For the average shooter they aren’t there yet but focus only the gear. I’ve been there and then went to dry fire and now I’m on the training classes/dryfire phase. There is a path and 99% follow it exactly even if they don’t continue walking it.

  • Rob Aught

    “Training Classes do not make a better shooter. Practicing what you learn
    from those classes is what makes you a better shooter. Training classes
    merely gives you new ideas to practice on.”

    Wow, perfect. I know plenty of great shooters who have never attended a class. Of course, they put in the work in other ways.

    I’ve read many people who make a training class seem like an essential, yet plenty of bad guys have been put to room temperature with Granny’s .22 pistol. Training is over-rated. Not against it, but it’s not “essential” either. On the other hand, aside from the cost, what’s the harm in practice. At the very least the manual of arms for your firearm will become second nature even if you have to deploy it with adrenaline pumping less than optimal circumstances.

    • Big Daddy

      Gotta disagree. Training is essential. As is practice. Those guys who never attended a class I will guarantee talked with a lot of people about shooting over the years and tried many of the things they talked about. Training is a sort of shortcut to knowledge, it teaches skills and promotes ideas that no one person could think of themselves. I never attended a class but read as much as I could, talked with as many good shooters as I can and watched videos of the professionals. So in essence I am well schooled.

    • billyoblivion

      It depends on what your goals and expectations are.

      If you think your biggest threat in life is a heroin addict breaking in to your house to steal your silver while you sleep, then yeah, a couple trips to the range a year and a barkie dog will cover you.

      If you think your biggest threat is 5 guys coming out of an unused storefront in the mall with AKs and hand grenades (aka “Westgate Mall, Nairobi”) then you gotta step it up a a bit.

    • RealitiCzech

      Training tells you what you’re doing wrong and how to get better. Competition helps, too. Without practicing what you’ve learned, those skills will evaporate.

  • Darkpr0

    Training is the same as any sort of classwork: They show you how to do things. Showing you how to do things doesn’t make you magically able to do things, it just gives you a pretty good guess of how to start doing it. You actually have to go out and do the thing before you get good at it.

  • Big Daddy

    Anybody that has reached any higher level of competence will say the same exact things. Whether it’s learning to play an instrument or driving a vehicle or shooting. Unfortunately our society seems it’s OK to suck and there is no need to become proficient at anything, it’s more important to look like you know what you are doing then actually being good at it. Forget about striving to be great, that’s a lost art.

    Look the part and you’ll be the part until reality strikes and you’re screwed. Look like a rock star and you’ll get the job until you have to actually play. Look like a badass until a real badass gets in your face……..

    Learn, train, practice as much as you can. Know your limitations and work with and around them.

  • Ambassador Vader

    “Amateurs talk hardware, Professionals talk software”.

    • Don Nelson

      Amateurs talk hardware, advanced amateurs talk software, professionals talk money.

  • HMSLion

    He’s right. Better equipment will help ONLY if you have the skills to match. A lot of people try to buy points…which doesn’t work. Ditto for training courses. Shooting demands patient, loving practice. Plenty of it.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Correct! It takes a very high level before the gear need tweaking unless you’re using a $10 cloth uncle mikes holster. I’ve wanted to get a high point so I can shoot it against my friends.

  • Anomanom

    This whole article could be summed up as “The way to get better is to practice a lot.”

    • thedonn007

      Yep, sounds like the 10,000 hour rule.

    • Bill

      Unless you went to a bad training, and practice bad techniques.

      • stephen

        You mean James Yeager classes?

        😉

        Yea I went there.

    • AirborneSoldier

      Perfect practice, or you may be reinforcing bad habits.

      • John Wisch

        100% right !

    • John Wisch

      Yeah but the moron doesn’t even differentiate that you need to PRACTICE CORRECTLY A LOT.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Here is the issue with this article.

    It assumes you’re going to learn “all the things” on your own. You won’t. There are things you will NEVER learn without training.

    Last night I shot USPSA practice match. I watch three shooters fail to finish because their guns stopped working. None of those three shooters had any idea what to do when things go bad. They all quit their stage. The 1911 wasn’t going anywhere, we had to really work that. The open guy seriously didn’t know how to tap/rack – because racegun. And the kid with the Tangfolio, had no idea how to open a stuck handgun let alone do it quickly under stress.

    That last one in particular if you do it wrong, basically you can expect to through the gun on the ground. I learned how to ID and fix this by intentionally locking up guns in training, I learned from a SF guy who drew his handgun on a guy and didn’t have to fire – later he drew that gun and tried to fire and it would shoot – it took him a few minutes to fix it, so he figured out how to do it quicker.

    I seriously don’t care how good you think you are – there are things you will NEVER learn outside of training. A good trainer will leverage multiple lifetimes of shooter experiences into what they teach their students. You can feed the berm with 5k rounds – until someone explains why your trigger control sucks you’ll never know. You’ll just get on the internet and say things like “Glocks suck, they all shoot low and left by design”.

    I used to think it was all cost…. The ego plays a bigger factor imo, some people can’t even stand the idea of being shown they’re not as good as they think.

    If you own more guns than you have hours of training – you won’t get anything I just wrote above.

    • At no point does Tim say not to take training classes. Simply that the class alone won’t make you a better shooter. In the typical 8-24 hours of training that a common class has there simply isn’t enough time to get the repetitions in to truly improve as a shooter. You have to put in the work.

      In fact in my experience once you skill level gets to a certain point you actually get nothing out of an open enrollment training class, because the instructor is going to spend it on the students that are struggling instead of looking for the little things you need improving. Now there are some exceptions, but for the most part if the class doesn’t have a minimum skill level requirement that is near you skill level, you probably aren’t going to get much out of the class skill wise.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        instructor is going to spend it on the students that are struggling
        instead of looking for the little things you need improving.

        Yea, been there! That’s when you need to step up the level of class.

        The article title is poorly related to the content – but – it’s wrong at a base level, you take two shooters who work exactly as hard as each other – the one who takes formal instruction will be the better shooter.

        Of course 8-36hr classes aren’t going to magically make you better – no one is arguing that.

        It’s the opposite that people argue – that you don’t need classes and you just need to practice – which is garbage talk.

        • Except Tim isn’t saying not to take training. He is saying that the class won’t make you better, only the practice afterward does. I would argue that at a certain point that you get little from a class.

          Lets say I have 24 hours available to me over the next three days. I could spend 8 hours working on weak hand only, 8 hours on swinging targets, and another 8 hours on position entry. All things that I am weak on.

          Or I can spend 24 hours in a class with a random curriculum which may or may not address my weak points. Which should I chose?

    • somethingclever

      You said “There are things you will NEVER learn without training.” How did the first guy/gal learn them then?

      • JumpIf NotZero

        YOU will never learn.

        Someone else might, and they can pass that on to someone and so on and so on. Read the part about leveraging multiple lifetimes of experiences.

        • somethingclever

          Every someone is a “you”. That information is transmitted is important. That it originated is by definition more important. Your blanket statement means there can never be innovation because innovation is something a person discovers without being taught. Whoever invented it did so without being trained in it.

      • billyoblivion

        By watching someone else get their head blown off, going through an AAR, wargaming the problem, taking the solution back out to the 2 way range, watching THAT solution fail, iterate until solution doesn’t fail.

        • somethingclever

          So admittedly, not training then?

          • billyoblivion

            It is very unusual that the first guy figures a new technique or solution in training (unless you want to consider the brainstorming after an AAR to be “training”, and even then it’s got to be practiced and tested.

            Training (well, classes) are for learning the lessons that OTHERS have figured out and have worked well enough to be passed on. At least in theory. At least sometimes it’s bullshido from the mind of the instructor that is getting passed on as delivered wisdom.

            I have had epiphanies in class where a particular setup or lesson the instructor or teacher (different things) was taught, but other things were found. But these are, in any older discipline, rare.

            For example in one force on force class the exercise was to pie a corner or doorway until you could place the guy standing around it, then explode through the corner dumping rounds into him. The theory (which seems to work) is that action beats reaction, and if you’re moving hard through a corner dumping rifle rounds into someone they’re going to be a second or two behind the response curve, and if you keep moving and keep shooting then by the time they’ve figure out what is going on it’s too late.

            I realized as I was about to explode around the corner that I knew EXACTLY where ole’ boy’s head was. So instead of exploding around the corner I took it a little slower and shot him in the face a couple times. Because we were using airsoft he was able to get 2-3 shots on me. This the instructor deemed “not following the instruction” (he was right) and a failure (he was wrong). I maintain that I don’t give a s*t how high-speed you are, if put a round or two of 7.62×39 more or less centered in your brain housing group you’re pretty much out of the fight, and are NOT going to catch up response wise.

            Now, I’m sure that dozens or hundreds of guys have figured this out before me. I’m reasonably smart and do problem solving in a different space for a living, but I’m not Wiley E. Coyote. However it has not been part of any class I’ve taken before.

            So I have learned things that were NOT taught in the class I learned them in, but generally the stuff taught in gunfighting and marksmanship classes is learned outside those environments.

          • somethingclever

            Sounds like you and I are on the same page then. If I read him correctly, JumpIfNotZero disagrees.

      • Gary Kirk

        The hard way.. Then “if” they survived, taught others through training..

        • somethingclever

          So not in training, huh.

          • Gary Kirk

            Nope

          • somethingclever

            Sounds like you and I are on the same page then. I wonder how JumpIfNotZero thinks it happens.

          • Gary Kirk

            We all are technically.. But I believe that he’s more referring to the fact that people may read this, and believe training isn’t necessary. It is, in whatever form you may be able to receive it. However, training doesn’t stop in the “classroom”.. Real world experience does count as “training” in its own right. And none of this is really relevant as everybody is speaking in terms of being a better gunfighter, more than a better “shooter”.. A better “shooter” is someone that can shoot better groups, “gunfighter” can do so under duress..

  • thedonn007

    Jerry Miculek could kick my ass with a Hi-point pistol.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      … As an educated assumption… I would think JM has taken many classes himself from many instructors…

      • Jerry was before the time of training classes. And Jerry will tell you, and I quote “You want to become a better shooter, he the first one on the range in the morning, and the last one off the range in the evening.”

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Jerry was before the time of training classes.
          No.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Who were his tutors? I know Latham had lots.

          • Dee Carlile

            Jim Clark Sr. taught him a lot.
            Jerry said he used to drive to work across Louisiana repeatedly pulling the trigger of a S&W set-up with heavy springs. Literally thousands of trigger pull per day. Has a grip like iron. Uses smooth grips with powder to make them slick and depends on grip strength to hold the gun in place.
            Also, get better with the equipment you have, don’t depend on the equipment to get better. Then when you can move up, you double down.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            That’s a great idea with the heavy springs. When I started dry firing a revolver more more shooting improved.

        • John Swinkels

          Jerry is not human,I watch him shoot his 44 mag.i have a competitor also with over 30 years experience and i struggle.I take in what he says.even with target loads i still cant recover like he does.i like watching him shoot i reckon he is the best i have seen.

    • Big Daddy

      And with his eyes closed.

    • billyoblivion

      Mr. Miculek could kick your ass with break action pistol.

      Chuck Norris wears Miculek Underoos.

  • Nicks87

    Thanks for the advice Tim, but I think taking a training class as opposed to NOT taking a training class probably does make you a better shooter. Unless, of course, you decide to screw around and not pay attention to the instructor and not apply what you learned in that class. I don’t know where all this hate for firearms training comes from (lazy people?) but it’s getting ridiculous. It’s like saying that going to clinicals doesn’t make you a better nurse or getting an ASE certification doesn’t make you a better mechanic.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Exactly. You take two shooters who put in equal time, the guy who takes training will be further ahead, end of story.

      There are things you will never-ever-ever learn on your own.

      • Scott Thompson

        This is not true at all You take 5 classes and year and don’t practice. I burn 1000 rounds a week and take no classes. Who will be the better shooter at the end of that year?

        • Harry’s Holsters

          The guy shooting 1000 rounds a week but JumpIf NotZero wasn’t using that analogy.

        • Cymond

          “two shooters who put in equal time”
          Reading is important.

    • Tim Herron

      Ummm, who said I hated or that I was ever against training? You’ve either lost the context of what I was conveying, or you didn’t read anything but the title and then made bad assumptions.

      And ummm, for the absolute record, ASE certs DO NOT MAKE A BETTER MECHANIC

      • Gary Kirk

        Hey, jiffy lube has ASE cert “mechanics”

  • John

    We are missing context here. A beginner DOES benefit a LOT from training if he practices what he is taught. Better equipment DOES help IF you are already very proficient because you can make up micro-seconds with smoother running gear; it may not make a difference to a novice.

    It’s all about context.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Seems like that’s exactly what he was saying.

      “Training Classes do not make a better shooter. Practicing what you learn from those classes is what makes you a better shooter. Training classes merely gives you new ideas to practice on.”

      • JumpIf NotZero

        To which it seems most people will read: “See! I don’t need training!” and that’s the issue imo.

        All we need now is the Katie A post-and-walk-away of “Is training important!?”

        • None

          That’s my wife. She took a CCW class and wont go to any more training with me. Says plinking is good enough.

      • Rick O’Shay

        It’s the “do not” wording that mucks it up. It should be, “training classes will make you a better shooter, but only to a point. Practicing what you learn from those classes will take you from a good shooter, to a better shooter.”

      • John

        Title is “click bait” and that’s not cool.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Ha ha! Well, I can’t argue with that.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Hey it’s get more people to read and that is cool.

          • John

            Soooo…then it should be titled…

            “The Firearms Blog is Giving Away a FREE AR15 to the First 100,000 People who Comment on this Article”

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Now that’s just blatantly false. Their click bait was somewhat correct with the context of the full statement.

          • John

            I’m going to go ahead and disagree. I think training absolutely helps if done correctly which makes the title blatantly false, but that’s JMHO.

            If you take things out context you can change the statement from true to false….and this is the last thing I will say on the matter……until you respond and then I might say something else…

            …see what I did there?

          • Harry’s Holsters

            We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

          • John Wisch

            You will make a perfect marketer or DNC Committee Member.

      • Budogunner

        “Practice, not classes alone, make for a better shooter.”

        There, easily fixed to honesty over click bait.

        • Tim Herron

          What would be the point of an article with a title that explains what everyone already knows. Would you even be intrigued to read an article with that title you just came up with?

          • Budogunner

            Yes, I would expect expert testimony or statistical studies to back up the assertion and help newbies avoid getting ripped off.

            Not everyone has been around. Not “everybody knows”. I like to think TFB embraces all enthusiasts, knowledgeable and new alike. We should operate with the same principle behind every gun safety rule: never assume.

          • John

            I still like MY title about giving away free ARs. Now THAT’S click bait!

        • stephen

          Or “Good training classes and concurrent training make for a better shooter”

    • Trey

      Nope the title is absolutely correct taking a class doesn’t make you better not anything applying what you learned in the class might.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Article title was click bait. Can’t blame them for that.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Can, do.

        • Tim Herron

          Why? Would you have read it otherwise? Did you actually read the entire article or just this weird half hacked piece that TFB posted?

    • AirborneSoldier

      I dont think so. And ive seen course content the last 15 years that could get you killed. The movement in the open without seeking cover or concealment, the lack of focus on basics before getting “operator” training, etc. Will get you shot dead

    • Jesse Sanchez

      This comment is a total fail. You just said exactly what Tim did in the article. You need more training in reading comprehension and tons ofpracticing what you learned.

  • nova3930

    #2. is spot on. When you pay for a class you’re paying for experience to give you new methods and critique your current ones. everyone eventually becomes snow blind to their own faults in technique, which can be eliminated with another persons perspective and the willingness to listen.
    For gear, I would say, for most people, gear doesn’t matter as long as it’s quality kit. Paying 2X for a part or gun or whatever probably won’t double your performance. If you’re at the very top of the mountain of competitors, better gear might mean the difference between a razor edge win and a loss though.
    In a similar vein, when I go play golf, there’s no difference between playing no-name clubs or a full set of top end Taylor Mades. Probably a different story for Tiger or one of the other top pros…..

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I was out shooting a guy at my last class with my stock glock and Trijicon HD sights who had an Agency Arms and a bunch of training classes under him. He knew more on tactics but due to my dry fire my shooting was far superior.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    You also don’t need to be a good shooter in order to defend yourself with a firearm. I’ll never understand why people act like it’s so difficult to pull a gun out of your waistband, point it at someone, and then pulling the trigger repeatedly.

    • Because bad trigger control can cause you to miss a target at distances as little as 3 yards.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      BS and it’s very easy to screw up a draw when you have to deal with cover garments. I’m pretty sure in most situations were a firearm is used in defense they have time to get it out. 3 rounds in 3 seconds from a holster is impressive considering the average gun owner’s skill.

      • A Fascist Corgi

        If you think that you need to pay someone thousands of dollars in order to draw your pistol and shoot someone at close range, then you were probably an uncoordinated dork at school.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I don’t know anyone who charges thousand of dollars unless you’re including travel cost of going across the country. You can learn on your own using free resources. That’s what I’ve done and I’ve still outshot everyone in my classes but I’ve come away from the classes a more knowledgable and with slightly more skill. Working on what I learned it improved even more.

    • n0truscotsman

      you have nothing to lose by being more proficient, when the rubber meets the road and you need to defend yourself.

      There is no advantage to *not* training. None whatsoever.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Completely new to handgun shooting and want to become proficent as cheaply as possible.
    Go to a vetted basic handgun course and rent a gun.
    Go buy a gun of your choosing
    Take another vetted course to remind you of the basics.
    Dry fire 15 minutes a day and take course as needed.

  • Will

    you get to an elevated position in the shooting sports the same way you get to Carniege Hall….
    Practice, practice, practice.

  • Gary Kirk

    The title really isn’t that far off.. Unless you’re taking classes on target shooting, then they may be able to help you become a better “shooter”.. Now as far as the comments section below is going.. Hey never spoke of being a better “gunfighter”. There is a definite difference in going shooting, and getting involved in a gunfight..

  • I’m actually still using an Uncle Mike’s injection molded holster for competition.

    • DIR911911 .

      I use their soft IWB for daily carry , they wear thin after 1 1/2 to 2 years and get replaced with a new one.

  • Kivaari

    Along with dry fire practice, do a lot of cycling the weapon whether rifle, shotgun or handgun. I see too many people on the range that seem confused about what just happened with their particular gun. I even find myself not turning sights and scopes in the right direction – even though there are arrows showing how to do it. Considering I did such work for 50 years, getting “out of practice” allows bad habits or inattention to interrupt what’s going on. OK, old age has an impact.

  • OBlamo Binlyen

    BS, pure and simple, how many people have learned how to draw and now shoot themselves without being taught by professionals, in my case SWAT trainers. How many have spent a day just on target acquisition? How many can hit a 14″ steel plate with a 9mm at 100 yards….timed. How many have spent a long cold night learning how to shoot with a flash light and how to choose a flashlight? On that you want a LED for true colors. THEN use a little LED pen light to shoot that 14″ steel plate in pitch dark at 100 yards. Yeah training matters.

    • Independent George

      Did you read the actual article, or just the headline?

      Training Classes do not make a better shooter. Practicing what you learn from those classes is what makes you a better shooter. Training classes merely gives you new ideas to practice on.

  • Avid Fan

    Set up a three gun match with a $1000 limit on guns and gear.

  • DetroitMan

    Solid advice all around. I will vouch for dry fire practice. With a year of regular dry fire practice, I improved my score at local High Power matches by almost 100 points. It’s the cheapest and most effective way to improve your fundamentals.

    I take some issue with “Gear is never the answer.” The second part is correct: you can always improve with what you have. However, better gear can make a difference in the right context. If you are horrible shooter, the best gear in the world will not make a champion out of you. If you are a good shooter, your gear can mean the difference between first place and tenth place in some matches, especially in competitions where accuracy is the key metric. Bottom line, don’t buy gear and expect it to turn misses into hits, but it might turn 10’s into X’s if you have the right skills.

  • Karl Vanhooten

    100% correct. Ask Jerry Miculek about the 10,000 hours. My problem is laziness and my preference to click and hear “Boom.” If I spent more time dry firing I would be a better shooter. Practice does not always involve live fire.

  • AirborneSoldier

    You need a buddy who is as motivated to be better, as you are. You must have someone who can give you feedback that is worthwhile. Dry fire is key, and there are many types of dry fire exercises.

  • stephen

    “you don’t learn this stuff by osmosis”

    True but visualization helps (something I need to do more of in my practice sessions).

    Research has shown that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice. An exercise psychologist from Cleveland Clinic Foundation compared people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads. He found that a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for 3 months following the mental training.

    I guess the advice “think about what you’re going to do, before your do it” works.

  • Anton

    I have an Airsoft version of all my guns, and train with them in my back yard. I can spend a few days a week practicing, and it has really helped my performance when I get to the range.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    “If gear is not the answer then why do people not compete with Hipoints?”
    LMAO!!!
    How about Rock River? The first Rock River I saw sat NEW in the case as delivered with a BENT front sight. I do not mean “slightly bent” I mean limp willie BENT!
    FROM THE FACTORY.
    It instilled in me a permanent disgust for a company that would ship something like that. Then I think of my Remington 700 that I bought brand new and before I got to go to the range it was recalled for a faulty trigger.

    I sent it off because AS A GUNSMITH I was told I was not allowed to replace the trigger. (???) When it returned the gun stock was damaged with cuts and holes where THEIR service techs had laid or dropped it on sharp edges (probably tools or loose screws on his bench). So I contacted then and they replaced the stock for free with a Factory Second stock. Yeah NOT IMPRESSED with Remington factory service.

  • Richard C. Johnson

    Wow, so all that time I spent at Camp Pendleton training under USMC range masters was a waste of time? And those house clearing drills . . . . I could have probably figured that out all by myself, eventually . . . . Right? Seriously, why 10,000 hours when an experienced pro, such as a USMC instructor who is a combat veteran, can do it in a 100 hours. I am sure their are plenty of qualified civilian instructors who are qualified to make each and every one of us much better than we think we are.

    • Cottersay

      “Training Classes do not make a better shooter. Practicing what you learn from those classes is what makes you a better shooter. Training classes merely gives you new ideas to practice on.”

      • Richard C. Johnson

        It’s no different than sports. Your coach watches you train. Sees what you yourself cannot see and instructs you on how to improve. I hunted for 2 decades. It wasn’t until I went to a distance instructor that I realized I had developed a bad habit and needed to refine my breathing technique. I am now shooting consistent groups on point targets at 800 meters. Maybe the rest of you Jedi marksman don’t need anyones help but I do.

        • Cottersay

          No, I don’t need any training, because I can actually OUTSHOOT my gun. Of course, my gun happens to be a corroded smoothbore flintlock musket, but still…

          • Richard C. Johnson

            You have my respect. Smooth bores agitate me to no end. I can rarely put 3 ball within a few inches of each other.

  • Richard C. Johnson

    Wait, this is a contradiction in itself. How do you repeat and refine what you have learned if you were never taught to begin with.

  • Markbo

    Gear is never the answer? So he would be OK with a KelTec p9 in competition? In an Uncle Mikes holster ? Which FWIW I have several of and they work just fine