(You think that’s a typo, don’t you?)
Two different things got me thinking about this recently. First was Tim (TCinVA) writing his post “Good Enough” on Gun Nuts, and talking about how relative the term is.
The second involved an unplanned drill at the range last week. For giggles I set the target — 8″ circle at 7yd — for an eight second exposure and tried to draw from concealment, fire five, reload and fire five, and then reload a second time and fire five more shots. I barely made it in time and missed four of the fifteen shots. It was far from impressive. But then the guy taking his first pistol lesson on the lane next to me came over and talked about how awesome it looked. I thanked him. But really, I wanted to pull him aside and show him some YouTube videos so he understand just how much it sucked by comparison.
So when someone starts talking about what defines good in terms of shooting, it has to be in context. A two second draw wouldn’t earn you any congratulations among the group of guys I shoot with. But I’ve been to local club matches where a two second draw would make you king of their fiefdom. I remember shooting the IDPA Classifier fifteen years ago and making Master by a fraction of a second. I was so impressed with myself! Today I can shoot it about 20 seconds faster, and have watched too many people who can shoot it 10-15 seconds faster than that to feel too awesome about it.
The important thing is to focus on yourself and your skill. You can become your own idea of awesome.
And by then, your idea of awesome will have changed, and so will your goals.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG