By Bob Harvey
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I was in a conversation with a relatively new shooter that has not taken a professional marksmanship or self-defense firearms course.
He was explaining to me how he trained weekly. It got rather heated when I explained that he was not really training weekly and that he was practicing. And that I was not exactly sure what he was practicing, since he had no previous training. Over the years, I have had this argument many times. The majority of people, including professionals don’t know the difference.
They do not know the difference between training, practice, qualification, competition (gaming IDPA/IPSC/3gun) and actual defensive shooting. So I thought I would clarify for those that do not know the difference.
- a : to undergo instruction, discipline, or drill
- b : to form by instruction, discipline, or drill
- c : to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient
- d : to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill
- a : systematic exercise for proficiency b: the condition of being proficient through systematic exercise
I would contend perfect practice makes perfect proficiency.