Max Wins, eleventy-time national pistol champion, closes his eyes when he draws and turns his pistol upside down to reload.
Should you? Maybe, maybe not.
When thinking about changing or adopting a technique, it’s not good enough simply to say Max Wins does it and he wins! or Sheepdog247 does it and he’s hard core! The questions I always ask myself when considering someone’s technique are: why, where, and how?
Why is he doing it that way? Is there really an advantage or is it just habit? A good shooter should understand why he does things. A good instructor needs to be able to explain the why in a way students can understand. If there isn’t an intelligent reason behind a technique, copying it just because you hope it has some magical power is probably silly.
Where does it apply? Something that works awesome after a five minute air gunning session on a square range with predetermined easily identified targets in bright daylight may not be as ideal when you’re ambushed in a mall parking lot at 9pm in the rain with bystanders everywhere. Or it may, in fact, be every bit as awesome. But you need to figure out if the why applies to your where.
How did he get that good at it? This is the big one that people often ignore. Some techniques are simply easier to learn — and easier to apply under stress — than others. Just because something works well for the guy whose weekly practice routine includes 20 hours of dry fire and 2,000 rounds downrange doesn’t mean it will be the best choice for someone who only gets that much practice in a month, or a year, or a lifetime. Even if it’s the best, most applicable technique in the world it’s only good for you if you can achieve it.
Don’t be afraid to try new techniques. Don’t be afraid to question the way you do things today. But don’t assume that what works best for Max Wins will necessarily be the best choice for you. Ask yourself why, where, and how… then decide if it’s something to pursue.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
(gun logo courtesy wikimedia Open Clip Art Library)