Weapons training—starting from mastery
Most people who have fired a weapon gave up. Shooting/hunting never became a sport or a form for self-improvement, meditation, or mastery—in part because they discovered that hitting the bulls-eye wasn't as easy as it looks in the movies. Also, they realized that it would take considerable time, discipline and money to become a confidant accurate shooter. First time failures, as with trying a guitar or a piano, are disheartening; for most, shooting is added to their list of, "Things I started and did not master." Those who strive to become a marksman fire thousands of expensive rounds aiming to get the most holes in the smallest circle (referred to as a tight shot-group).
There is a way to start out with a tight shot-group, "Teachers" refer to such a training as starting from mastery. This other way is considerably less expensive and more satisfying than starting from embarrassing failure after the first few shots. With this other way, after firing your first magazine, all the holes in the target will be within the bulls-eye. Your first experience will be as a successful shooter, a civilian marksman.*
Mastery has to do with accuracy and distance; each expert has a distance at which they don't hit the bulls-eye.
It's assumed that you have completed a gun safety class.
Begin Weapons Training: Stand so that the muzzle is six inches away from the target, take aim, and shoot one round. Hopefully the hole will be close to dead center of the 2" diameter bulls-eye. If it's not dead center then shoot again. The second hole will be close to the first. If not, then move closer, to within two inches of an X placed in the center of the 2" diameter bulls-eye, and fire again. What you're correcting for is your grip, your breathing, trigger squeezing, and recoil control. Fire again and again, reload if necessary, until successive shots are within the bulls-eye.**
When you're satisfied, move the muzzle so that it's two feet away from the target and repeat the process. After each successful grouping move two more feet further away.
What you'll eventually notice is that there will be a distance from the target at which the holes are not consistently within the bulls-eye. That's the distance from which you should practice until you have a tight shot-group.
Tip #1 To share this process effectively copy-paste or print it out—if you attempt to teach someone from memory you'll most likely modify or leave out a step. The process works as defined.
Tip #2 When possible leave the session as a marksman, in that way your neural pathways will have been imprinted with the memory of you being a success; thereafter, you will always know the distance from which you have been consistently accurate.***
Tip #3 If you have a weapon for self-defense/home protection then start the training all over again except shoot two rounds each time (referred to as double-tap).**** You can also practice using a revolver's double-action feature—squeezing the trigger without cocking the hammer. Eventually you can repeat the same process but shooting from the hip; it's lots of fun. You'd be surprised at how accurate you can be when you know you're a marksman from a specific distance.
Tip for self-defense mastery: You want to know the distance from an attacker that you can confidently place two rounds dead-center in an attacker's chest; that's the distance you need to master with the above weapons training. The premise being, if you hit an attacker in a shoulder or arm it could trigger a rush of adrenaline that would further enrage the attacker (this enragement is communicated non-verbally, as he/she attacks, with even more ferocious energy; the violent approaching distraction can affect your abilities). In other words, as with a charging bear, the odds are better for you if you wait until the charger gets within your proven abilities. And yes, it's scary.
* It's understood that in the military the award of Marksman (the basic pistol qualification) requires a specified number of rounds within a designated target at a specific distance from the target (such a 25 yards). The qualification badges for different weapons, listed in order of the ability to hit a mark are: Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert.
** Some people with less developed arm and hand muscles can't hold a pistol firmly and long enough to shoot a tight shot-group at any distance; they may need to start with a .22 Long Range pistol (much less recoil). Recoil meaning, when you fire the pistol it tends to move backward-towards you and up. i.e. a .45 caliber pistol will have much more (balance off-setting) recoil than a .22. If you're new to shooting and buying your first pistol I suggest something like a Ruger Single Six that comes with two cylinders (one .22 long range cylinder—cheaper bullets for practicing—and the second cylinder for .22 magnum rounds). Most agree that the .22 magnum bullets are a bit better for protection (measurably better stopping power) —and that they have slightly more recoil.
*** As you approach mastery in your profession you'll begin noticing the correlation between your personal integrity and results—so you'll incorporate scheduled clearings into your relationships—clearings restore and maintain your integrity. Life's unacknowledged perpetrations (the deceits and abuses you think you got away with) these incompletes serve as barriers to consistently manifesting your stated intentions (including all targets, goals, objectives, missions and conscious intentions), affecting daily outcomes for yourself and all with whom you relate. The premise: You can't be certain as to the source of, the cause of, a failure or "accident" if your mind thinks it could partly be about a deceitful withhold or an unacknowledged perpetration, perhaps a childhood lie or spousal verbal abuse, perhaps the condition you left your spouse in this morning. Arrogance is trying to achieve and sustain mastery without cleaning up ones past; such arrogance begs to be humbled. The negative karma from all perpetrations can be disappeared via communication.
**** Most everyone can imagine what it must be like to have the attacker still coming at you after the first round.
Last edited 12/30/17