How many rounds of ammo do you have in your house right now? Don’t answer me, because it is none of my business. But, for your own personal peace of mind, do the math.
Now, take a box of that ammo and set it aside. That is the ammo you will shoot this week. Right now, I’m not even going to tell you HOW to shoot that ammo. That’s because it is more important to get into the habit of shooting regularly. First you make the commitment. You say you are going to do it and you start down that road.
Lots of people don’t try things because they think they are not good at those things. That is backward thinking.
First, decide you will do it. Bring clarity to your purpose. Say to yourself, “I will work to become a better shooter.” Then, make the commitment to do it. Announce that commitment to the world if you must, because the more people who know about it, the more likely you are to be accountable to keeping that commitment. Be confident that you will learn and improve.
When those elements are in place, you will build competence. That is all there is to it. So many people get those elements in the wrong order. And by having them in the wrong order, you greatly limit your ability and willingness to move forward and improve.
If you start with clarity and commitment, you will build confidence and competence.
Now, about that box of ammo … don’t be a plinker. Expend your ammo with training in mind. My friend Dave Young says, “Every round should have a training value attached.” So, forget about shooting a nice, tight, 25-yard group. Let’s do some serious training. You’ve got 50 rounds; here is a great way to expend them to ensure you get training value from each round you fire.
Suggested one-box training protocol:
There you have it. You have fired a box of ammo, 50 rounds, with four easy drills that will build your gun-fighting skills. As always, observe all firearms safety rules; never let your gun point at anything you are not willing to destroy and keep your finger off the trigger until your muzzle is on target and you have made a conscious decision to shoot.
If you are shooting a nice, tight group, speed up.
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