I want it all, and I want it now

I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now.(Apologies to Queen)

Instant gratification is wanting to experience fulfillment without delay. Basically, it’s “I want it now.” So how does this apply to firearms training?

We tend to attract people who want to do well. As a result of this our students consistently exceed any performance expectations I ever had. The training is structured so that we build on the skills taught with the goal of combining all of the individual building blocks (skills) into a more cohesive whole. So, for example, part of this will be teaching grip, then teaching loading, press check, and shooting. A consistent theme we see is that people will try and “rush” through the steps when combining these things and in the process leave out steps that they know to do, and have been doing.

Crawl, walk, run. Part of my job is to observe, provide feedback, and reassess. What I tell people is to go slowly (crawl) until all of the steps become more second nature (walk), then with more practice will become faster (run). Go through a checklist much like you go through the steps of a cooking recipe until the sequence becomes ingrained. This happens by building reps (repetitions). The more you do it (correctly) the smoother and faster it will become. It isn’t really gratifying at first, but it will pay huge dividends down the road.

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