Shelley at Gunnuts talks about the obsession we have with the paraphernalia of shooting.
Having the latest and greatest is all well and good. If you’re skilled enough that a CR Speed Belt, which keeps your gear in place time and time again so you don’t have to worry about those 1/10″ differences that may add 1/10 a second to your score then there’s nothing more for you in this post, but if you’re looking to shave two seconds off your time instead of two tenths then you should spend that money on something like ammo rather than buying the CR Speed Belt, the Ghost Holster and a set of CR Speed Versa Pouches.
Although some shooters HATE the comparison, practical shooting has a lot in common with golf. It takes what SHOULD be a simple, easy to repeat task (hitting a ball with a stick/punching holes in paper with a bullet) and makes it very, very difficult. In golf, it’s you and your abilities against the course, ditto with practical shooting. In golf, you can play it safe, take your time and take only the shots you know you can make, or you can rush things, go for shots beyond your skill level, and in doing so, make an utter mess of your round.
Ditto with practical pistol (and don’t I know it…).
And like golf, you can get convinced that your problems don’t originate with you, they start with your equipment. The late-night TV channels are filled with infomercials hawking the latest and greatest gadgets to improve your swing, and when practical shooting reaches the point where it’s on ESPN, (not IF, but WHEN, imo), I’m sure I’ll see something like “Hi, Anthony Sullivan here for the Press ‘N’ Shoot”.
It’s not your trigger jerk, it’s that you don’t have the latest titanium-forged skeletonized trigger on your rig. It’s not your sucky press-out, it’s that your gun doesn’t have the right sights. And it’s not your lack of practice, it’s that the course designer has it in for you.
Every. Single. Time. What a coincidence!
“Know thy enemy, know thyself, and you will be invincible.”
– Sun Tzu
“A good man’s got to know his limitations.”
– Dirty Harry