Friday, March 2, 2012

Watch & Learn

What do you have that you have not received? And if then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?  - 1 Corinthians 4:7

Any progress that I have made in this sport can be attributed largely to watching, listening, and learning from other more accomplished shooters.  I don't believe that I would have improved much if I had simply gone to the range every week by myself to shoot drills, at least not at first.  Whether it's been at matches or at simple practice sessions I can't count the number of times when I've seen someone do something or heard someone give some advice and had an aha! moment.  And it's not just on the range.  You can learn a whole lot in the car driving to a match with friends.  Competition shooting is inexorably social. The guys you hang around with will help you grow and make progress in the sport.  IDPA calls this "fellowship," but it's not simply about good conversation and friendly talks waiting for your turn to shoot.  It's an essential part of learning to shoot well.  Don't neglect that dimension.

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