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|Posted by Lance Earl of Lance Earl, LLC on April 03, 2012|
The DallyPost Tactical firearms training program is different. In fact, it is different by design and we are proud of those things that make us unique. However, some shooters take a while to get use to things that break with tradition. From the very beginning we have heard a few folks offer a variety of reasons why they are unable to get past a specific Challenge. These include:
- The ground is too rough.
- The target does not move the same for every shooter.
- Challenges require too much thinking and I get a little bit rattled.
- The wind moved my target.
- Judging is too strict.
- Insert your favorite here ________________________________________________________.
DallyPost recognizes that these concerns are real. We recognize that one or more of these may combine to cause a shooter to fail in their attempt to master a given Challenge. We acknowledge the frustration that they may cause from time to time. And yet, we reject all excuses because they are counterproductive.
When a shooter arrives at a Challenge, he or she should recognize and try to accept the following:
- DallyPost Tactical attempts to train for the worst case scenario. Therefore, until you face a Challenge that is worse than the worst case scenario, all training is valid and realistic. That is a good thing.
- DallyPost Tactical Challenges are designed so that every shooter will experience multiple failures along the path of progressive proficiency. That is a good thing.
- Real-world shootouts happen on rough ground so we will not always train on a flat range. That is a good thing.
- Bad guys are all individuals and they do not all act the same way. We have done all in our power to make a target that thinks like a bad guy. That is a good thing.
- The mental stress and pressure that will accompany a real-world shootout will be immense. Each progressive challenge will require more ability, more thought, and more awareness. The shooter will feel more pressure. That is a good thing.
- Wind and other natural forces will have an effect on you and the target. Bad guys do not cancel their activities for inclement weather and neither do we. That is a good thing.
- When you make a tactical error in a worst case scenario, your opponent just may take your life. DallyPost instructors only take a point or two. If we could maintain our training standards while taking something more in line with what a bad might take, we would do it. And that would be a good thing too.
If you are tempted to make an excuse for failing to master a Challenge, we suggest another approach. Remember that you did not succeed for one reason, and for one reason only. You failed to get the job done. Now this is a good thing too. Your failure will highlight holes and weakness in your current proficiency. You can let your failure become the basis of an excuse or it can become the basis of your continued growth. We encourage all shooters to try, fail, eventually succeed, and enjoy this path that we call progressive proficiency.
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