MemberJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
I’d love to come here and say I’m an awesome shooter and constantly improving; that’s not the case. Let me share my story to help others.
Back in the day, I was in a Combat MOS in the Army. I shot expert on the rifle. A couple years ago , I attended a Project Appleseed and earned my Rifleman. I’ve historically been very capable with a rifle, particularly the AR platform. Lots of muscle memory developed courtesy of Uncle Sam.
More recently, I haven’t been doing any shooting. We had a stationary raccoon in the yard at 50 yards. I grabbed the AR with a Vortex LPVO and pulled up on the little trash panda.
My alignment with the optic was terrible, giving me an unusable sight picture. I fumbled with that for far too long, having lost the muscle memory of where exactly the stock goes on my shoulder, where my face goes on the stock, etc… I ran the zoom throw lever the wrong way. I couldn’t remember which way was high and which was low on my illumination. Quick follow up shots did not happen.
At the end of the encounter, trash panda had new holes in him and I did not. However, it was bad shooting. If, instead, it was a two legged threat pointing a barrel at me, I probably would have left the encounter with the new holes.
I am going to get back in the saddle and hone up my skills again. I, mentally, know that you need to practice. But it’s easy to not do.
So here’s the moral of the story: You are not a good shooter. You may have hit the gong at distance yesterday, earned rifleman last week, shot Osama Bin Laden in the eye a few years ago….that means you WERE a good shooter. Pick up the rifle and keep practicing, aptitude is a finite resource that begins depleting as soon as you case up that rifle.
HollywoodSXGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
Shooting is 100% a perishable skill, and requires constant reinforcement and vigilance to maintain.
Thanks for sharing.
Psychological-Dig-29GuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
I use to consider myself a really good shooter.. now that I spend 3 or 4 hours a week at the range I realize I have a ton of work to do before I’d be considered a good shooter lol.
Grunt11B101GuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
As garand thumb and every swinging dick worth a damn has said- train train and train. It doesn’t matter how baller your setup is if you don’t remember or train enough to use it properly.
Like any skill it requires training. I’m incredibly thankful to have a 200 yd range in my yard and a 1000+ range 40 minutes away
elevenpointf1veguyGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
My biggest issue is I’m better than most of my friends back home. So when they’re who I compare myself against, I feel like I’m shit hot.
Going to matches proves otherwise. Matches are truly a great way to see where you need to be and where you are truly at.
LockyBalboaPrimeGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
SovietRobotGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
I’m in my 50s and shooting every week. One of the guys I’m shooting with is in his 70s and shooting every week. I hope to be able to do that.
AWanderingMugwumpGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
SimRock1GuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
I get it, the moral is KEEP PRACTICING!! I agree
Famous_Calligrapher7GuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
My grandfather used to tell me to practice your shooting conditions exactly as you may find them – as we were stalk hunting in rough terrain, this meant doing 10 push ups then quickly throwing rifle up to take 2 shots in 5 seconds…you wanna see how breath / heart beats impact your shooting ? Try it…
cptlink64GuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
Been keeping diligent with dry fire during the shortage, mostly pistol, draw practice, etc (double action guns with a laser snap cap are the best) and was amazed at my improvement, even with my rifles my speed, accuracy, and (somehow) recoil control were miles improved to the point where I was doing pistol drills at 100 yds on 10″ steel and hitting 70% of the time. I used to get 1.5″ groups at 7 yards without flyers. No excuses, you may not be able to go to the range but 6 months of dry fire every other day did more than years of regular shooting did.
RabbitBranchGuestJune 13, 2021 at 6:11 am
>However, it was bad shooting. If, instead, it was a two legged threat pointing a barrel at me, I probably would have left the encounter with the new holes.