Why Train/Practice?

Two reasons;

So we can be safe. This shooter slipped while negotiating the Scrambler course at Gunsite. Notice his trigger finger. It is out of the trigger guard; exactly where it should be when you are not shooting.


Notice the position of this shooter's trigger finger during his spill.



So we can shoot better. I ran the Scrambler course yesterday in 55 seconds; not bad and five seconds faster than my time last year with a similar gun and optic. Crimson Trace’s new Media Relations man, former Top Shot winner, and all around good guy Iain Harrison, completed the course nine seconds faster than me. He shot better and faster and I’ll bet you a new Colt AR it has a lot to do with training. (He could have more natural ability but who wants to admit that?)


Ian Harrison negotiating the Scrambler course at Gunsite.



It’s not just a tactical thing. Sometimes hunters have a one time chance at the animal they want and need to be able to make a difficult shot. You need to know your limits. A reader once asked John Barsness why he never seemed to miss in any of his articles. John’s response was that he didn’t take shots he was not capable of making. This is not arrogance, it’s just good sense; good sense you get with training and practice.


Sometimes animals only give us a small window of opportunity at long-range. Proper training let's you know what shots you can make and what shots you cannot pull off.




About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to Why Train/Practice?

  1. C D Roberts Jr says:

    I don’t spend a great deal of time on the computer. When I do I have several websites that I cruise through. A couple trapping sites, Pred X and a few gun forums that I read. Maybe a couple hours a week sometimes. After I found Empty cases, it has fast become the one I am most interested in. Great writing Richard. Look forward to every day. Keep ’em coming.

    PS: The tribute to Mr Nosler was wonderful.


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