Training or Practice?

Training or Practice?

SO…. Yesterday I shared a post on our Facebook page that was a video of some jackwagon playing tactical operator
in the desert, shooting his AR and sidearm at a few targets he had placed down range.

One of our followers stated the following on the post (caveat: this is not a flame on the person who posted this, I feel that this is an important point that needs to be addressed for the benefit of everyone):

“The guy is a fumbling nervous mess, but I do not understand some of these comments. He is training, and needs much more of it. But never showed his hits so not sure how you can do better with an eotech? It is a funny video, but does give a good point. Practice practice practice. As much as you can afford to do.”

Now… I get it. Practice is important. However I have to disagree that the gentleman in the video is actually training. In my opinion, the guy in the vid is doing himself a disservice by reinforcing poor technique that he probably learned by watching YouTube or a Magpul video or two. The videos are great and can provide good refreshers on technique, but they should never be considered a substitute for actually taking a class.

I had a Gunnery Sergeant that always hammered home this one point: Practice makes Shit. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. The point is we need to make sure that the repetitions we get in practice need to be perfect. Otherwise we are simply developing training scars. Training is another animal in itself.

These days self proclaimed “tactical” instructors are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look there seems to be another group claiming to have the next best techniques. All I can say is choose wisely who you train with and make sure you filter the flash and pizzazz from the actual training points. Everyone has their schtick and to each their own. Just make sure the TTP’s you are being exposed to are legitimate and based in fact, not theory. Otherwise… you could suffer lethal or damaging legal consequences.

Bottom line: make sure every round you fire is accounted for and every repetition of a technique is done perfectly. You will reap your rewards tenfold.

Robert Curran

Rob is co-owner of Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training and is a USMC veteran and active Law Enforcement Officer. Rob is a Sig Sauer Master Rated Firearms Instructor and holds several other ratings from various institutions.

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