Shooting is easy. It really is. You pull the trigger, the gun goes bang. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Shooting well on the other hand, is a different story.
I participated in my first IDPA style practice match last night and it was awesome. (Much thanks to the guys from the J&G club at WAC and my new friend, the shrimp farmer, who helped me at every step along the way). However, I finally realized how much I don’t know. As they say – train like you fight because you’ll fight like you train. I realized simple things like shooting from reset rather than a full trigger press is something that I had completely overlooked and forgotten about when the time came to act.
Sure that doesn’t sound like it’s that big of a deal, but it is.
I only know my score for one of the three stages because quite frankly, I didn’t know what I was doing: -7 points and 2 procedurals. I’m not all that concerned with the procedurals as it was my first time shooting in that fashion and I was becoming acclimated to using cover, leaning, and shooting a safe run. The -7 is the concerning number to me. That means there were at least 3 shots that I did not get center of mass, or possibly completely missed. Damn.
What did strike me was the ease with which I drew my gun and the ease with which I reloaded. I know that if i were to watch it on video, it’s probably be ugliest most inefficient movements – but what amazed me was that I knew what I was doing. I didn’t think twice, much less once, about dropping the magazine, inserting a fresh one, and racking the slide. I didn’t have to stop to think about how I was going to draw my weapon and present it to the target, I just… did it.
I never had to look at my weapon to assess a malfunction or an empty magazine – I knew what the issue was – I was relying on instinct. My point is – I didn’t think about these things because I’d practiced them. Granted, I didn’t shoot from reset, even though I practice that all the time at the regular box range, but I’m at the level where I’m realizing my mistakes and will attempt to correct them. Which is the same reason you run these types of matches, for practice and correction. God forbid you ever have to actually use what you’ve practiced in a real life situation.
I was fighting like I trained. It was easy, but I’ll be damned if I did it well.