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Old February 17, 2015, 11:23 AM   #129
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Posted by BlueTrain:
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Does anyone believe that using a handgun, which one has been using for the last 45 years, is really as difficult as playing a piano?
That's obviously a retort to Frank's sig line, which is based on the old Jeff Copper quote, which continued with "there is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully", which should be self evident. Jeff also said "owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician”.

One can make noise with all of them with no instruction and no practice.

The retort misses the point completely. Cooper did not compare the relative skill levels required, or the amounts of time and effort required to develop them.

Both start with learning the basic functioning of the instruments, and becoming familiar with how they work. Both go much father.

The best way to gain an appreciation of the benefits of defensive pistol shooting training is to attend a session; perhaps watching one for a day or two, or maybe watching a really good, lengthy, and well narrated video would help in that limited regard. But that's not all. One should then go to the range and watch the people standing still and firing at a stationary target directly in front of them at a distance of 21 feet or thereabouts.

Then, one should (1) contrast the training with shooing at the square range, and (2) think very hard about how shooting at that stationary target 21 feet out differs from very markedly from defending against rapidly moving violent criminal actors engaging in a completely unexpected, very violent, and rapidly unfolding attack, most probably within a distance of three to five yards.

As Claude Werner says, one thing about training is that one does not know what one does not know.
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