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The Difference Can Get You Killed

The Difference Can Get You Killed

When engaging with students, whether they are inexperienced or more seasoned, I occasionally come across a trait that strikes me as extremely dangerous.

What am I talking about?

There is a technical name for it but it can be summarized for our purposes as overestimation.

Overestimating your level of skill and expertise, particularly.

Now, you may wonder how that, of all the things a self-defense-minded shooter has to be mindful of, is such a big deal? Let’s discuss…

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Essential Skills Wrap-up

Essential Skills Wrap-up

You may be wondering about the traditional skills I did not label as essential. Stance? Breathing? Follow-through?? Are they not important? Are they not also essential?

Well, sure they are important. They just fall into a different category in this context. These skills and the way we look at them has to be adapted a bit.

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Essential Skill #7: Commitment to Improvement

Essential Skill #7: Commitment to Improvement

This is simple: you have to keep improving.

Shooting skills, especially with a pistol, are perishable. If you aren’t exercising them regularly they are degrading… often to an alarming degree.

All that matters is how you can shoot NOW. Don’t neglect your skills.

Let’s get serious, though. There is more to this than just shooting.

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Essential Skill #6: Movement

Essential Skill #6: Movement

Movement changes everything.

We live in a dynamic world, where there is so much activity around us. We, too, move around ;-)

Taking good, static marksmanship and introducing movement also changes everything. The thing that is immediately obvious when you do it? You are not nearly as good of a shot as you thought you were, especially when you introduce time pressure too.

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Essential Skill #5: Trigger Control

Essential Skill #5: Trigger Control

This one is, like Sight Picture, somewhat obvious. You have to control the trigger properly to make the good hits.

As you surely see by now, there is some symbiosis between these skills. They complement and support each other.

So, what are some issues regarding trigger control in the context of self defense?

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