Sights On

competitive marksmanshipEven if I do not feel particularly sociable, I still take my dog out for his walks. Good for him, invariably, something good or interesting or social happens for me, too. The other week, we walked in an area where a lot of new home construction jobs progress. My dog and I walk up the hill, and up the hill (it’s a long, hilly street). On the way back, a patrol car stops us. The officer tells me he received a call regarding some folks at one of the construction sites, had I seen anything? To my own amazement, I rattled off without hesitation the details of the man, the woman, the exact house site, their vehicle, clothes worn, color of truck. Once an officer, always an officer. We visually take in everything whether on or off duty, whether retired or active duty whether thinking about it or not. Then, the other day, I went to my gym to drag myself through my routine (not a very enthusiastic day, but, at least, I got myself there!) and a neighbor approached me. Always saying, “hello” on my dog walks, I found myself out of context and was recognized before recognizing. Not surprising, this neighbor-at-the-gym works as an officer for our local police department. That Officer’s Eye functions ‘round the clock. Now, if only we can capture this involuntary reaction and make it voluntary. Looking at, watching, sighting in on, the front sights of our firearms like our job, our lives, our MATCH depends on it would make for an outstanding shot. I leave you with: acknowledge that which is involuntary and make it voluntary. Once you start thinking about keying in, visually, on your front sights, the voluntary commitment will result in satisfying targets. You’ll hit your mark. Your life DOES depend on it.

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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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