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Practicing Vs Training

Aren't they one of the same to practice and train? There are differences in the 2 in my opinion. Commonly, as much as time and ammunition permits we visit a gun range to shoot our personal firearms, try out new firearms that we have heard good things about or to narrow down which firearm we would like to purchase. I believe that when visiting the range you should always go with a goal in mind; rather it be to work on trigger control, sight alignment, reloading or grip, to name a few but ultimately we want to ensure that our marksmanship is at a satisfactory and effective level of proficiency. Most gun ranges will not allow customers to draw and shoot from the holster and understandably so, they don't know your level of safety and the stakes rise when we add another action of movement that ones mistake or negligence can increase the chances of the shooter injuring themselves and others. Shooting from the booth or as I refer to it as practicing, you are picking a firearm up from a stationary position and firing rounds. Training, you are going through a series motions simulating the movement you would perform if in a real world self defense scenario. I encourage every student I've trained, 2A resident and/or firearm owner to practice and train but train more often when possible. In a real world self defense situation your adrenaline will overtake you and I believe a person who trains should be conditioning themselves to be able to bring that high stress adrenaline induced energy down to a controllable level in which will make a huge difference if the use of their firearm needs to be used. Some may believe that the more you train you'll be able to have nerves of steel and don't have to worry about the adrenaline dump but I believe the contrary. Can we void the emotion or feeling of being startled, scared, nervous or shocked? or can we find a method in which we can gain a certain amount of control of them? In addition with training, ranges that will allow you to train, you'll be able to create drills that mimic situations that you can possibly be in and how you will draw and fire which is the difference again in training and practicing. In conclusion, rather its training or practicing get out there as much as possible and put use of your firearm, prepare yourself for the wtf moment and preparation of defending yourself. Don't make your firearm your first option but your last and don't let your last be your last.

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