Thread: Bad Practice!
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Old October 16, 2012, 07:54 PM   #65
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
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Originally Posted by BlueTrain
...A person can sit and ponder a problem, in this case firearms related, and come up with a reasonable solution. In a perfect world, it works just fine. It is perfect at the pistol range, it works well in competition and it brings home the ribbons, the trophies and praise from well-wishers. But it's not a perfect world and the only thing that's wrong here is that in the real world, it lacks common sense....
I find this completely unintelligible. Exactly what are you trying to say?

If your message has something to do with the fact that sometimes people think up what they think is a good idea, and that idea works in come contexts but not in others, that's certainly not a new or novel insight. If you're claiming that somehow the difference is what you call common sense, how about providing some evidence?

Originally Posted by BlueTrain
...Yet, woe unto you if you dare to attempt shooting with just one hand, for all the reasons offered in this and other threads....
And that is simply not true.

There have been numerous threads here in which the importance of being able to shoot one-handed, either dominant hand only or non-dominant hand only, has been pointed out. One-handed shooting is also commonly included in good defensive pistol training.

But it has also been demonstrated that if one knows what he is doing and has the opportunity to use it, a proper two handed grip facilitates recoil management and will allow quicker, accurate follow-up shots.

Originally Posted by BlueTrain
...Don't say you never dropped a gun in practice...
Actually, it's quite true that I've never dropped a gun, in practice or otherwise.

Originally Posted by BlueTrain
...Do you realize that people have gone into combat with little more than a couple of days of firearms training and practice?...
Yes, and some have survived and some haven't. Do you think, perhaps, that more and better training might have helped more survive?

Originally Posted by BlueTrain isn't an impossible thing to learn, fast and smooth shooting, even with one hand....
No it isn't an impossible thing to learn. In fact, we continually encourage people to learn and practice it, both with one's dominant and non-dominant hand. And one will learn it better and more easily by training with a good instructor.

Originally Posted by Jammer Six
A friend's daughter came home from her first day training at McDonald's and stated that she was going to make suggestions to improve McDonald's methods....
Is there some kind of problem with that? Surely it's just a matter of common sense? Why would she need any experience or knowledge?
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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