In the 1950’s, UCLA Bruins Head coach Henry Russell “Red” Sanders coined the phrase: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Well buckaroos…this ain’t football, but if Red was an avid shooter, we’re sure that his most quoted saying would have been: “Training isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!”
More than likely, at your local range you have to train with static targets. With that being said, you can still make training sessions fun by adding things to your practice regiment like playing cards. Adding these types of training materials will help you to hone in on your marksmanship skills and can offer good insight into issues with your shooting mechanics. You can also learn a lot about the shooting characteristics of your firearm (by carefully analyzing the placement of the holes in the target). Take a look at a couple of targets from our last time out at the range…..
When completing drills with playing cards we use the outcomes to identify problems with grip, sight picture, hold status, and a host of other issues with shooting mechanics. As you get better at shorter distances try and push the target out a yard or two, and see if you can repeat the results. If the results come in differently, then you can assess how to improve.
If you’re lucky, you have had the opportunity to experience some of the newer ways to train. We were able to have a brief session with the proprietors of this new training software not too long ago. The company that developed this software advised us that they will be producing it for commercial use later on this year.
It is important to know that as soon as you make the decision to purchase, carry, and use a firearm for self-protection nothing can improve your knowledge of and ability to protect your loved ones like consistent practice and training. Not the newest and expensive gear. Not the hottest ammunition loads. Not even watching Tom Cruise’s exploits as Ethan Hunt! Nothing but training.
*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!! We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates! We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!! We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!
And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!