Measure Twice, Cut Once.
I often use the analogy of sawing through a piece of wood to describe how the dry weapons training, at the core of the New Rules of Marksmanship, works.
The idea came to me as I was helping one of my sons build a box for cub scouts. He didn’t want any help from Dad on how to saw through a board. He knew how to do it! Well, he hacked the wood apart for awhile and then finally asked, “Dad, how to I go back and fix this cut?”
I taught my son the same lesson I’d like to teach you today — you can’t. Once you’ve made that path, you can’t fix it. You need to start over.
What you can do is start off slowly. Slower than you think. Make sure everything is perfect. And if you do, your saw will soon be gliding straight through the wood. If you start off correctly, there will be very little effort needed. The real effort is having the discipline to do it correctly.
The other problem, of course, is kids don’t want to admit that they need help — that they might be doing something wrong. Kids these days, right? I’m glad you’re not like that!
Check out this video to learn why New Rule #5 is vital to becoming a better shooter.
By the way — Do not watch the video all the way to the end!
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- Dry weapons training is simply training without stress.
- Don’t get caught up in the best way to hold the gun or stand. They will all work if you train properly.
- By going slowly without any stress, we can create perfect neural pathways.
- Do it enough and training becomes easier.
- Do it enough and our neural impulses just naturally move faster along that path.
- Do it enough and when stress is added, it won’t affect your perfect path.
Are you just hacking away and hoping for the best with your shooting?
Let me know how much “sawdust” you’re making in the comments below.