Becoming | A Great Shooter

In the desert where I live, we get summer rain storms all through July and August. What appears dry and lifeless seems to bloom overnight with an amazing verdancy. The dry bony branches of the ocotillo cactus finger dully toward the sky until one rain shower turns the dry to a deep green leafy spray of color. The desert looks like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz when she opens her front door to the technicolor magic of Munchkinland. Overnight, within a flash, the world is awash with excitement and possibility. But that is not what really happens, just like with competitive shooting. Suddenly, we get the scores we craved. Overnight, we win our category we never thought possible. But that is not what has really happened. Over 10,000 nights we have been becoming a winner. Over 10,000 nights we have been becoming the precise and accurate competitor we think has suddenly become our gain. Like the desert seed pod nesting patiently in the soil waiting many nights over for that drop of rain to make life bloom, time, persistency, consistency and 10,000 times over of practice creates the breeding ground for successful outcome. For several years, I struggled with my Sharpshooter category. I could not overcome my shooting errors to get to the next level. I did not care if I would be the lowest scorer in the next highest category, I wanted that category. Overnight, I did it. But not really. The repetition and the visualization and the dry firing and the talking myself through my basic fundamentals with each shot I fired, finally paid off. My drop of water bringing my skills to life had been forming for a very, very long time. It just seemed like an overnight event. Becoming the great shooter I became, I can honestly say, ā€œ Iā€™m glad I never gave up.ā€

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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