A little while back, I got sent a link to this article ( Why We Suck ) discussing beliefs, training, and practice. It resonated with a couple of things I’d been thinking recently (based on someone telling me that since they’d been carrying for awhile they didn’t need a scenario-training class in CCW) along with some other articles by Claude Werner and the Defensive Daddy which resulted in this post.
So here you go. Some truth you probably don’t want to hear:
You aren’t a special snowflake.
If you aren’t a competition shooter, then you probably aren’t as good at shooting as you think you are. (If you are a competition shooter, that doesn’t mean you are automatically good—but it DOES mean you probably have a pretty good idea of how good you are.)
If you’ve never done scenario training, then you probably aren’t as good at self-defense as you think you are. (If you have done solid scenario training, that doesn’t mean you are good at self-defense–but it DOES mean you probably have a pretty good idea of how you will react in stressful situations, and how quickly things can occur.)
For some people (a small small tiny few), this won’t be true. But for most people (and yes, this means you no matter how much you think you are the Special Snowflake that is one of those small few)–if you’ve never actually done anything that forced you to perform under stress and had that performance critiqued and compared to others, then you really have no idea how good you are.
And most likely, it isn’t nearly as good as you think. Matter of fact, it’s probably pretty bad.
Don’t believe me? Okay–actually put your Dunning-Kruger-ed self out there and find out. Shoot a Steel Challenge match. Shoot a USPSA match. Take a scenario training class. Take a force-on-force course. Put yourself on a timer, and find out if that “fast draw” of yours is actually what anyone ELSE would call fast. Try to hit those 8″ steel targets at speed from 20 yards. What you learn will be important.
Maybe you’ll learn that you really ARE as good as you think you are.
More likely, maybe you’ll learn that if you want to actually be able to defend yourself and your loved ones, you’d better practice, because you aren’t nearly as good as you think you are.
And isn’t that something you’d like to find out BEFORE it becomes important?
Everyone thinks they are above average, everyone wants to be the Special Snowflake that really IS that good. Well, chances are you aren’t. And if you haven’t tested yourself, you have no way of knowing.