Originally posted April 14, 2015.
You better be ready to defend yourself and your family. Self-defense is a perishable skill. Simply buying a weapon is not enough. It takes practice, practice, and more practice. It is one of the most important takeaways I’ve learned in the shooter training courses I’ve taken at Sig Sauer Academy in Exeter, NH.
Last week, after a long New England Winter, my friend and I hit our local range to work with our rifles. The last time we were there together was in the Fall before the snow. I was rusty to say the least. Shooting is a lot like golf. It takes some time to get back the muscle memory.
Our club is known for its world-class youth precision shooters. Talk about practice. They hit their target, then practice putting the next shot through the hole, over and over again.
You get a feel for the seriousness of the trade in the following article. You don’t need to be world-class to defend yourself and your family. You don’t need a sniper rifle. But you do need to practice self-defense. It is a perishable skill.
Sofrep.com’s Nick Irving writes:
Precision long-rang shooting is an absolute art. Everything has to be perfect in order for the round to impact its intended target. Factors including humidity, barometric pressure, density, altitude, wind, temperature, flight time, etc., are all considerations that the shooter must overcome to place a small projectile onto a target generally the size of human torso.
This is the world with which most military snipers and precision shooters are far too familiar.
Now take a look at the average Olympic shooter, an athlete who typically shoots in ideal conditions and at distances that don’t exceed 50 meters. Comparing the two very different styles of shooting, one may assume from the job description alone that the two have absolutely no comparison, or that military snipers are the best at their craft. This may hold true… to some extent.
Over the course of four days, I had the chance to work with Amanda Furrer, an Olympic Precision Shooter, and wanted to somehow compare the two styles of shooting and shed some light on the art of precision shooting, if it was possible. Amanda’s style of shooting does indeed differ from that of my job and what most military snipers are used to, but the difference was not as drastic as I thought before meeting up.
Read more here.