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Old August 23, 2012, 07:47 PM   #4
orionengnr
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Bingo.
I have only competed in a few Steel Challenge and ane or two IDPA matches. The guys and gals with the Mega-High-Cap-with Holo-sight pistols and Team jerseys are awesome to watch.

But... do they carry that gun?
No.

I shoot an old steel 1911 and I am nowhere near what they can do. In speed, anyway. I can hit those targets just fine; I just can't hit all ten of them (twice each) in four seconds.

So.... I have a realistic asessment of what I can do, on any given day, using my own EDC pistol.

That is worth far more than what someone else can do under contrived/controlled circumstances.

Some of the wisest words I have ever heard by on old engineer, and I may be mis-quoting him somewhat, but if you are a thinking man, you will get the idea:

In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are different.


If that didn't get the message through, I will step it down a notch and quote Clint Eastwood:

A man's got to know his limitations.

Which is not to say that you should not strive to expand on those limitations...

Best, Rich
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