There is a distinct difference between training and practice. Training is instruction you receive from another person showing you ways to do things. Practice is what you do on your own time, practicing what you received from the instructor.
Many people believe that going to a range and firing the gun is practice. Without training what are you actually practicing? In far too many instances all that is accomplished is to engrain in your mind the wrong way to manipulate the gun. Some believe that they can watch YouTube videos and that is training however what are you going to do if you have a question about the technique being shown? Most often you surmise or assume something and then go out and engrain yet another bad habit.
Pretty much anything you are taught in training can be practiced dry at home. Practicing a physical activity is programming the neuro pathways so you can perform the action at full speed without consciously thinking about it. It’s much like learning to drive. If you were to attempt to consciously recognize every sensory input you receive while driving, then consciously think of the appropriate response you would have multiple accidents before you ever arrived at your destination. Learning to shoot a gun under stress is very similar and that is why dry practice at home is a great tool that unfortunately is seldom utilized.
Going to the range is great fun but in reality the purpose of actually shooting the gun is to measure the success of your practice. No one wants to go to the range and never hit what they want or are forced to aim off of the desired point of impact to compensate for the inability to manipulate the gun correctly. Try this, go to a busy public range on a busy day and watch the amateur instructors telling their family members or friends to aim a little high and right . . . it is shocking to me. Compensating for bad skills is never a good idea when learning to use a tool that might at one point be needed to save a life.
Skills are taught and practiced, live fire drills are used to measure the effectiveness of the training and practice.
If you were to practice your skills just one hour a day that equates to only 2.3 days of practice per year. Is that enough practice to bet your life on? I know you probably have friends who you perceive to be really good with a gun but are they really good instructors? Good enough to bet your life on?
We recommend taking professional instruction from an instructor with credentials that mean more than Not Really Anything. An instructor who teaches for a living, not a hobby, an instructor who takes instruction from others on how to be a better instructor. We recommend that you take training at least annually.
We recommend that you practice daily, dry at home and at least once a week or month you go measure the success of your practice. If you want to learn to shoot very fast and very accurate start with learning the Fundamentals perfectly, learn how to shoot very accurately under no pressure and then learn how to shoot fast. When you are there, fast and accurate, learn how to do it under extreme pressure because if you are going to rely on that tool to potentially save a life you will need to be accurate, and very fast AND it will be under extreme stress. If you’re not really willing to put in the effort stop kidding yourself about self-defense and put the gun away, only take it out to go play with at the range because if you do not have the skills to save a life you will not be able to safely perform when required.
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