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Even the Naturally Clumsy Can Learn to Shoot Well!

Even the Naturally Clumsy Can Learn to Shoot Well!

There are some people that seem to have a natural knack for coordination, lightening speed, agility and all the rest. Most of us don’t. In sprint I run with the lumberjacks. My 6 year old grandson can outrun me playing tag.

In life you learn the things you can and can’t do well naturally. Eventually you “find your lane” in the things you can do reasonably well or that you just enjoy a lot. This is where us normal people live. I often call it ‘The Road Most Traveled’ because there’s were most of us are. I get that.

Shooting started out like that for me. A clumsy bad shot. I needed the whole side of the barn to tell me where I missed the bull’s eye. There is one other thing I did have, a brain filled with tenacity. If I was going to carry a concealed gun I also felt I owed it to myself, my wife and the rest of the world to not be clumsy at it. That could be lethal in a bad way. I hate unintended consequences.

If you are going to learn how to shoot well wouldn’t you like to learn how from and average person like yourself? I’m a person with zero ability to start with and went through the paces of learning how to shoot and do it quickly and accurately.

Face it, precious few of us will ever be major level shooters trying to mimic what they do. We’ll never be the Derek Jeter of the shooting world. We can’t relate. I umpired behind the plate for Derek’s high school game, never was THAT good, ever. We won’t ever be SWAT or a Commando or Joe Super Tactical. We can be average men and women who are very confident and have solid shooting skills that turn into a toolbox of skills that can save or protect lives. That we can do. That is what I teach.

We won’t ever be SWAT or a Commando or Joe Super Tactical. We can be average men and women who are very confident and have solid shooting skills that turn into a toolbox of skills that can save or protect lives. That we can do. That is what I teach.

I am not a gifted shooter. More than likely you aren’t either or you wouldn’t even bother to read this. Like you I too went to instruction. As grace would have it, one of the world’s best law enforcement trainers was also teaching civilians around the country handgun skills for concealed carry and coming to my area. I signed up for $500 an 2 days of intensive training. Then I went to another one for more advanced skills. I still was a poor shot however I did learn the “why” of what I was doing with every movement so I could start to practice on my own what I’d learned. My shooting got better and better. I absorbed what the trainer taught me like a sponge with an eye of being able to teach others.

One of the main lessons I learned was the concept of “physiological efficiency”. I’ve later learned to build on that with what we now call “neuroplasticity”. The first term is attributed to a great track coach who also founded Nike. The more efficient and simple you can make a motion the faster it will be without even trying hard.

Have you watched top level runner stride and noticed how they take so little in extra motions it just looks smoother and effortless? A golf swing? A smooth jump shot? That’s the result of efficiency of motion. There are only so many ways you can run a pistol and they have all been invented tried and true for over 150 years. What’s the most efficient?

Once you know the most efficient way to draw, aim and reload you can take your slowness and make it a lot faster than someone who has never learned that. Then you repeat it and repeat it and repeat it, in a process of neuroplasticity, it causes your brain to actually develop a super highway of connections. That’s what neuroplasticity is, the development and rearranging of the brain neurons through repetition to create autopilot reactions and movement.

This is the built in magic that God gave us to learn new things. I’m 67 and I can now draw and shoot my pistol on target in .7 seconds. Yes, clumsy me. Old geezer. I’ll demonstrate it on demand. I’m that lumberjack that picked up his first handgun 6 years ago. It isn’t bragging if you can do it.

I can do that because of the efficiency my instructors taught me, smooth path of motion and repetition. I won’t get you to that level in a morning class. What I will do is demonstrate what those motions are and get you to do it right. Then you’ll be able to practice right. Speed will come.

I’ll show you how to hold your gun to shoot most effectively and control recoil. It’s difficult for me to go to a shooting range and watch people gripping their pistol wrong. They just don’t know because they never sought out instruction from someone that knew. They had a friend who said…

Physiological/Biomechanical efficiency is how I teach it and I’ve seen it work over and over again. Young folks start shooting better than I can and I love it. If it feels like you are hardly moving then you are doing it right. I’ve seen the “chicken dance” draw, the bowling motion draw, the fly fishing draw. None work like the proper draw and proper grip.

See you at the range?

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