The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
– Alvin Toffler

I don’t know if Mr. Toffler, author of Future Shock was a marksman but he summed the problem up nicely. “Literacy” in this field increases only when shooters seek out new and advanced marksmanship challenges.

Consider a person that only reads the same, simple children’s books over and over for twenty years. He has done nothing to improve his literacy or ability to learn beyond an elementary level. Many gun owners, including military, police and hunters, have a very similar shooting “experience.”

Police and military qualifications are designed for novice marksman at the academy and/or basic training. Twenty year veterans continue to qualify on the exact same low-level course and are able to pass with the same low-level results. Hunters take hunter education once (if required) and don’t even have the benefit of this.

Look beyond these limits! Find new courses and events to test your skills against.