Even 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.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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