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Training versus Practice

30 May 2018 by Online Carry Training

What is the difference between training and practice? While the two sound very much alike, training is instruction you receive from another person showing you how to do something. However, practice taking the training you received and doing it yourself until you have mastered the concepts.

Going to a shooting range and firing the gun at a target is practice. If you have not received any training first, you are probably practicing the wrong way to operate gun. Without any training, you are just guessing about the correct methods and techniques of firing a gun. What happens if you continue to practice but never actually hit the target? How will you know how to adjust your technique?

Pretty much anything you are taught in training can be practiced at the shooting range or dry at home. That Old saying Practice make perfect rings so true in shooting. You practice something so that it becomes so engrained in your mind that you can do it without consciously thinking about it. It’s much like learning to drive. If you were to attempt to consciously recognize every sensory input you receive while driving, then consciously think of the appropriate response you would have a lot of accidents before you ever arrived at your destination. Learning to shoot a gun under stress is very similar and that is why practice is so necessary.

Shooting at the range allows you to measure the success of your practice. No one wants to go to the range and never hit the target because they are unable to operate the gun correctly. On any given day you can go to a busy public shooting and watch amateur instructors telling their family members or friends to aim a little high and right . . .and then giggle to yourself because you know better. When you are given a weapon that could one day be needed to save your life, you don’t want to have to compensating for poor skill, you want to be trained to hit your target dead on.

You should try to dry practice at home daily and at least once a week or month go to the shooting range to measure the success of your practice. If you want to learn to shoot fast and accurately, enroll in a good training class and start with learning the Fundamentals.  When you have mastered those, get some more training on more advanced skills.  Nothing worth doing every comes easy. Train and Practice. 

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