When you don’t know how to do something correctly and still want to do it, try doing it wrong. If it’s not dangerous, and guns can be, give it a go. Doing things wrong is an excellent way to figure out how to do something right.
Before I became decent shooter I was one of the world’s worst shooters, until I figured out how to do it right. I had to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t. That’s done by making the effort to actually do it. When you do something the wrong way, the people who know how to do it correctly will usually jump in and tell you what you are doing wrong. Take advantage of the free advise. The issue here, from my experience at watching a line up of shooters as a Range Safety Officer, is that quite often the person giving advise as precious few skills themselves. They think they know but “they don’t know what they don’t know”. Thus we end up with two screw ups.
If you don’t know how to do something the correct way, and Googling/YouTubing doesn’t help, the only alternative to doing something wrong is to not do it at all. That’s a loser’s proposition. Waiting until you know how to do something correctly or exactly right is a lousy plan. Better to just jump in, make mistakes and then see what kind of help it attracts.
Many potential students turn cowards about signing up for class because they don’t want to be embarrassed at their lack of kills. Not a good strategy to overcome the problem. You probably will find a large portion of the class at the same level as you are yet they are courageous enough to reserve their spot and face the challenge. Only “Superman” does everything perfectly. The rest of us are “human”. I can relate to people who are brave enough to reveal their human-ness.
Don’t let the fear of embarrassment imprison you to stay in your lane. Your mind can build mental prisons that confine you. You’ll never know what you can do until you move out of your lane and try something new.
On average I’d guess the 75% of the students coming into class do not know how to grab on to or hold a pistol correctly to shoot well. Heck, I was laughable too at first. Big deal. Nobody automatically knows how to do it right. Someone has to show them. I shoot with the best of the best every month and am constantly learning from them. I bring that knowledge and teaching skills to the class just for you. I want to help make you a capable shooter.
I’ve watched students take their first ever trigger pull with a wide eyed “bang” to running and gunning on target by the end of the day. Solid instruction is a fast track to knowing what to do, being prepared to do it and then performing it on demand.
It’s always better to jump in and make your mistakes in class instead of waiting until the bad guy attacks and suddenly you have to out duel him. This is why we start out with the “Essentials” you need to succeed. Notice I didn’t say “fundamentals”. These are essentials, meaning that if you don’t have them you will fail. Having a steering wheel isn’t a fundamental, it’s an essential to driving a car. Once you have the concept of the what’s essential and how to perform it then you can build on that to master it. If you practice the essentials they will become natural, smooth and fast. They aren’t at first.
Don’t let the fear of embarrassment imprison you to stay in your lane. Your mind can build mental prisons that confines you. You’ll never know what you can do until you move out of your lane and try something new. That’s how I got to be at the skill level I’ve achieved. I’m not as fast as some, or as smooth. I’m not 25 anymore either. Through determined effort I can be the best the I can be. That’s all I hope for. That’s also what I hope for in every student coming into class.
Hope to See You at the Range!