There never seems to be a shortage of people to chime in (unsolicited) and tell you what you’re doing wrong. On the occasion that they have a valid point, very few are able to offer a practical suggestion on how to solve that problem.
So how does this relate to firearms training and shooting problems? Good question. 🙂
Recently I had the opportunity to watch some training take place. There was a shooter who was having issues getting rounds on target. The “instructor” came up and told them they were anticipating the recoil and that was their problem. He then told them to put an empty brass casing on the front of the slide and not let it move while doing dry practice. Sounds good right?
Sure, unless you’re the shooter. They were told a possible problem and given a technique that simply shows when that problem is happening. There was no solution that was offered – they weren’t given specific suggestions on how to make that happen.
If the trainer isn’t able to
Correctly identify shooting problems
Communicate that problem to you
Provide a practical solution
Reevaluate your shooting to see if that is the correct solution
Continually work with you to make sure you have a beginning grasp of the concept
then they’re not actually training you.
I consider part of my job being to give you the tools you need to continue to practice shooting and to be able to start trouble shooting (pun intended) problems you encounter. If your trainer isn’t doing this, what are they doing?
THANK YOU, falls short in expressing my gratitude for your help, coaching, and counseling.
My wife did not seem as apprehensive when I returned to the car;including her in the introduction on firearms and safety seems to have placated her. She still does not like the idea,but now recognizes the need and the emphasis that was stressed on safety!
Our instructor was funny, informed, and still professional, the course was well-paced, and it was a great experience!
Additionally, one of the instructors, Bayan D., explained why we were doing what we were doing. He incorporated his many experiences…As an instructor, Bayan was honest without being insulting, he identified what I was doing wrong and taught me how to fix it. As a result, I saw improvement out of a little more than a single box of .40 ammunition.
Best experience I’ve ever had on the range! I have so much to practice and improve on, but I feel so much more knowledgeable and safe.
Dad brought out more ammo, but said I didn’t need anymore practice. Lol his face was awesome.” (she did 2 private sessions then went shooting with her father)
The FDP Class started promptly at the designated time. Bayan is like the Energizer Bunny. He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t get hungry. His voice never waivers. He is an excellent speaker and his lectures are programmed to be slow enough for novices but fast-paced enough to maintain the interest of more experienced shooters. Questions were clearly answered as they were presented and safety was constantly stressed as firearms were introduced for gun handling, dry fire and live fire events. Bayan a…