Shooters make a lot of excuses for poor performance, everything from the weather to the light being wrong to not feeling well, but these are usually a cover for their poor application of skill. As Rob Pincus and Rob Leatham explain, we should practice shooting in imperfect conditions, because if we have to defend against a bad guy, it’s most likely going to happen in less-than-ideal conditions.
For competitive shooters, the same applies. Not every competition will take place in an ideal environment.
The two Robs reference their earlier video about perfect body positioning while shooting (there is no such thing).
Rob Pincus clarifies that he is not in favor of conducting handgun training, in which shooters learn new skills, in inclement weather because it is potentially dangerous. But handgun practice, once shooters have acquired the skills, can be done in all conditions, and shooters should push themselves to adapt their skills to less-than-perfect environments.
Teach yourself to shoot so it’s second nature, because in a defensive encounter, there will be other things that are more important than pulling the trigger.
Excellent point!!! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never thought about that. Thank you for the video. One of my problems (excuses) is that I simply can’t do that at the indoor range I practice at. I guess I need to join the more expensive (MUCH more) outdoor range that’s fairly close to where I live.