Have standards!

The specific standards are less important than the fact that you have some and they are currently challenging for you.

“I’m a better shooter now than I was while with the [SEAL] teams.”

You have to have some type of scale to score yourself on and that scale needs to be difficult to you in your training. [Good standards] hit every aspect of weapons manipulation, hits things done under pressure in front of people, and smaller hit zones that might be needed real world.

When we take a timer and scoring rings into the equation to get guys to work under stress, what I’ve found over the years is guy capable of 80% or better on the Hackathorn Standards or pretty much any other challenging standard has dramatically better results in real world engagements. Like astronomically better.

This improves first encounters, such as a cop in the U.S. getting into his very first gun fight ever. Before we’re talking low hit rates, like 50% hit ratio or 5 out of 10 [or only 3-4] hits. Now we’re hovering around seven or eight hits out of ten [70%-80%]. Significantly better results. Guys over seas seeing fight every night or every other night has the same results as the cops but now here, after the first two or three, it becomes a routine for them.

– Kyle Defoor

Having standards and striving to perform well is critical to real world performance. Shooters performing well on challenging, scored shooting courses perform better under stressful, real world encounters.

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