“If you can’t shoot, you can’t shoot fast”.


nancy-in-uniform-crop5I used to hate that saying, ripping it apart grammatically. Since there is no such word as “fastly”, the saying should go:” if you can’t shoot, you can’t shoot quickly.” Or, “expediently.” Or, “expeditiously.” Or, did I have to admit I was drumming up any reason to not pay attention to my own shotgun spray on the target, created from my personal  lightning speed shooting.  I did not want to impress anybody, I wanted to make sure I could get all my shots off. I felt absolute terror every time the target edged away from me, indicating my time was up and I did not even have all my rounds fired. I eventually succumbed to the adage and learned to shoot; the speed came later. When we try and shoot quickly and hope for accuracy to follow, it never does.  It is far superior to execute even three or four perfect X’s than to create a spray of 12 bullet holes on the target just to claim, “I got them all off”.  Placing accuracy first,  I slowed down and practiced shooting one round at a time, not six, reload and shoot six more. One at a time, then two, then three, and so on. As my strength, patience, mechanical expertise and Zen Shooting overpowered the Terror Phase, I saw I could comfortably shoot six perfect rounds consecutively. Paying attention to choreography and cadence, I picked up the pace and only THEN did I pay attention to the timing. The Match 1, “12 rounds in 20 seconds” was daunting, until I broke it down to one round at a time. Then, I worked up to the six rounds at a time. Finally, six rounds, reload and shoot the last six rounds. Only then, did I begin to time myself. Literally, thousands of rounds later, I could easily shoot this course of fire, but it was because I placed accuracy before speed.  Save On Ammo Here

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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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