Competition Skill Carry Over


There are people that wrongly claim there is no use or carry over of skill from competitive events and equipment to “real world” or other places.

Here’s an example of a skilled competitive shooter using a Remington RM380 subcompact .380 pistol shot from concealment.

Here is another top competitive shooter demonstrating with his actual carry gear:

Many of these defensive/tactical classes are a few days long. Is anyone so stupid as to believe a person with well-developed, demonstrably higher skill such as this couldn’t absorb that knowledge as well or better than anyone else taking such a class, especially compared to the novice-level shooters in attendance at such classes?

What makes you certain this or any other competitive shooter hasn’t already learned and studied such skills? Just because a specific tactical idea wasn’t tested or demonstrated in a specific range exercise or competitive event doesn’t mean the competitors aren’t aware of them.

Training Scars and New York Reloads


Thomas Howard of Precision Response Training put together another good article and video testing a long-held popular truism of the defensive shooting world. The “New York Reload” involves drawing a secondary firearm under the assumption that this is faster than reloading the primary. “The fastest reload is a second gun” is the buzz phrase that “proves” it.

Is it actually faster? Here’s a test to find out.

Killed in the Streets again…

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Good discussion and video of a skilled competitor demonstrating with actual concealed carry gear. Only a fool fails to recognize the obvious skill carry over.


The Myth of Competition Training Scars runs strong, as evidenced by some of the comments to this post.

Novices claim competition is bad because of match gear. Upon witnessing top tier results with actual carry gear, they instead focus on how preparation for the next string is gonna getcha killed. Had the shooter performed a currently-popular tactically-appropriate post shooting scan after each string, they’d instead complain about how the stage didn’t have the shooter moving, or the targets didn’t move, or there was no target identification, or the shooter only fired one shot on each, or… Novices gonna novice.

Note these complaints only apply to skilled competitive shooters. Ever hear someone complain how Marine, Army, or police training is gonna getcha killed in the streets, even when those courses and qualifications suffer from the same “problems” (and the shooting is at a ridiculously lower level of skill.)

Here is an example how this myth propagates:

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“This is likely to be my last post. This morning I was told in no uncertain terms that using the sights is slow and I should point shoot ‘cause the fight will be less than three yards and I won’t have time to use the sights and shooting competition will likely get me killed on the streets and fine motor control…”

…such was the post from a friend of mine the other day on Facebook.

(Jump to the end for the TL;DR version, but first make sure to watch the video in the middle.)

Leaving aside the research on actual engagement distances for citizen self-defense situations, the research on sight usage (and the resulting effect on the various police departments that have updated their training methodology on sighted fire and have statistics on hit ratios that far exceed the national norms), our beyond-grade-school-level understanding of what the terms “gross motor…

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Skill Development and the Real World

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It all came together… for once.

Didya ever notice how it’s not hard to nail a reload, not hard to nail the draw, not hard to fire 6 fast accurate shots, but all together with 6 more accurate shots?

Yeah, not that easy.

Which puts the foolish bleating from self-appointed tactical experts about why a drill like this isn’t useful into perspective.

Yes, the skills involved are elementary. Yes, the targets and scenario are known in advance. It should be easy. Overcoming the various gremlins involved make it a challenge.

Consistently performing this drill under 10 seconds with all centered hits indicates sufficient skill to shoot at the “speed of life.” The performance above is twice that fast.

Context Matters


Words of wisdom from Thomas Howard

Anyone who assumes that people playing a game by the rules attempting to win will be acting anything like they would in a combat/gunfight/self-defense situation is pretty much stupid, or at least ignorant of how humans establish habits.

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