At the end of the shooting session, you should ask yourself, “How many mistakes did I make?” Whether in practical match competition, practice or on the training range, you should assess your performance from the viewpoint of personal survival. The number of serious tactical mistakes made is more important than the total events you have won.
Over the years I have witnessed many winning performances in serious match competition, on the training range or informal scenario practice. The top shooter was always quite proud of his winning effort. Many times, however, this winning performance was accomplished with techniques and tactics that very well might have gotten the shooter killed out in the real world.
These individuals had completely lost sight that the exercise in question was supposed to reflect a realistic defensive confrontation. Worse yet, many of these individuals had never personally thought about proper tactics for survival, nor had anyone explained it to them.
At the end of the shooting session, you should ask yourself, “How many mistakes did…
by Chuck Taylor / Dec 10, 2008