Great Advice to New Shooters

It also has the added benefit of you getting much more comfortable with a gun in your hand which always helps further training and shooting.

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2 Responses to Great Advice to New Shooters

  1. How refreshing: this is actually valid, usable content. (Not trying to be smarmy, but you know a lot of the stuff we find on the net is … less useful.)

    Yes, make a BIG deal about ensuring that there is no ammunition in the room while you’re doing your familiarization drills.

    Yes, emphasize that it’s “OKAY” to play with your gun .. as long as you observe basic rules of gun-handling safety.

    And YES it’s important that you work on the things that you don’t do well, rather than the things you’re comfortable with.

    When you’re shooting, you should be comfortable with ALL the facets of safe gun-handling. Training from an outside source can only take you so far; practicing the things you’ve learned is more valuable than the time you’ve spent (and probably payed for, when presented by a professional trainer) as you ingrain the “best practices” you’ve been taught.

    If we don’t learn and practice the basics, our failure to perform basic drills will come back and bite us where it hurts.

    Jerry the Geek USPSA A18486

  2. Jack/OH says:

    Pro photographers used to give the same advice to newbie photogs. “Dry fire” your camera, play with your rig with the owner’s manual in front of you so you know all the nuances of your equipment This “muscle-memory”-type or instinct-type training helped with grab shots or action shots when you don’t have time to compose, meter, etc.

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