Some time ago we met an accomplished long distance rifle shooter, his friend ( by the sounds of things was an accomplished pistol shooter) had introduced him to pistol shooting and he wanted to be able to shoot a pistol like his friend, – very fast and accurate. His question to us was, “How do I become a better pistol shooter?”
Kind of reminded us of the old joke,“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Although he was quite serious? Just in case you missed the joke…. A violinist who was leaving rehearsals by the backstage entrance and was approached by two tourists looking for the hall’s entrance. Seeing his violin case, they asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Without looking up and continuing on his way, the violinist replied, “Practice.”
Practice is that the answer? Well, “Perfect practice makes Perfect.” As they say “Amateurs practice till they get it right, Professionals practice till they can’t get it wrong.”
Our quick response to the difficult question”How to Shoot better question, ” Resources – Time and Money, Practice.”
He seemed disappointed and walked away. Maybe the gun show venue was not the best place to even ask the question, where time is at a premium for some folks. Some times I suggest for attendees to call after the show. Talking of which, watch out for our “How to work the Gun Show article.” Why was this our answer? Well at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to, you might need a few minutes a day and over time a week, month, a year skills will build. If I shoot a million rounds will that make me a better shooter? “Well not if you don’t do it right. We’re back to the “Perfect Practice makes Perfect.” Hopefully you’ll learn lots of new things and in the process experiment, adapt and modify. Remember Albert Einstein’s definition of “Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
This is dedicated to all of you who want to know how to shoot better. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel here, we’re going to attempt to assemble some good stuff.
Let’s start with a Master Blaster (shooter) Jerry Miculek. This video is long at 25 minutes but hopefully you’ll stick it out and become and learn how to shoot better.
Help, I’ve reached a plateau – What do I do – How do I shoot better? Have you thought about taking a shooting class or a clinic? Have you thought about video recording yourself shooting and watching the playback. Watching it in slow motion? Having you thought about joining a league or club and shooting regularly? All of those will help you.
Can I spend hours watching you tube video’s and become a better shooter? Well I’ll say yes and no. It will help maybe, most probably, but at the end of the day I think shooting is a sport that you can watch and learn. You can examine someone’s approach and say yes that was good, wow I like that, and then try it. Shooting is an engaged active sport where I may need to think and respond quickly. I’ll write more about this later – time permitting. Can I reload and shoot a revolver like Jerry Miculek by watching the video? Will watching him give me ideas? Sure will. Will watching Lance Armstrong ride a bicycle make me a better cyclist, or watching Michael Phelps in the pool make be a better swimmer? I’m sure you’ve got the idea.
At age 12 I was riding a bicycle 50 miles in three to four hours. At age 38 i got on a bicycle for the first time in twenty years and made it 5-800 yards. I was sore and in pain the next day. Two days later I was riding a mile. Soon I was riding 5, 10 15 26 miles and my speed was improving.
So I guess a couple of questions we have to ask somewhere along the line are; How good do you want to be? How much time are you willing to devote to training and practice?
Here’s some other information for you to examine Like we said earlier we’ve not going to re-invent the wheel.