A good friend of mine recently lost her brother. At his side, in the hospital, she watched him take his last breath. She shared this gut wrenching experience with me coupled with the lamentation that she had to go qualify with her weapon in a few days. How was she going to perform with the loss of her brother weighing so heavily on her heart. I struggled with how to offer solace, then it came to me: employ the Basic Fundamentals. I wrote my friend a plan which she said actually helped and I think this can work for whatever is plaguing our minds when we also need to be focusing on utilizing our firearms. Breath control, stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger control and follow through. I told my friend to take a deep breath, stand strongly like the strong family member that she is, grip that gun like she is holding her brother, line up her sights and focus on the front one with such clarity like she can still see her brother, pull the trigger smoothly and evenly like the character and strength she maintains for her family to help all of them cope, and then to keep doing this over and over, consistently, repetitively until….., the deep sense of loss has eased up AND, well, qualifications are done and she has performed well. My fiend reported back to me this really helped her and she shot an excellent score. It made me realize that for whatever is going on in our lives, we can apply the Basic Fundamentals and evenly, consistently, repetitively, see our way to the end goal with grace and aplomb. Happy New Year!
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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