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The Secret to Becoming An Expert Shooter. [Its Not What You Think]

August 03, 20215 min read

What's Up Sheepdogs? Ryan here with Tampa Carry.

Do you know the secret to becoming an expert pistol shooter? For most of human existence, scientists have believed that the human brain was limited in its capacity to grow and change over a certain point in a person's life. Most scientists believed that once a person reached their early 20s, their brain would no longer change or grow. 

However, due to recent advancements in brain research, we know now that this is not the case.

Neuroplasticity is the ability for the neural pathways inside of your brain to change through growth and reorganization. I want you to think about the neural networks inside of your brain as a grass field. 

Just Imagine...
Imagine you've never walked through this grass field before, but today is the day you decide to go for a walk through this field. Now, your movements are going to be very slow, and they're going to be difficult because you are blazing a new trail.

Now, let's say the very next day you decide, "Hey, you know what? I'm going to go for that same walk, and I'm going to walk along that same path I walked yesterday." 

It Gets Easier...
As you approach the field, you notice that you can actually see where you walked yesterday. You can see that the grass is kind of bent down a bit and the path is sort of defined. So you start walking through, but even though you've walked down this path before, it's still very challenging. You're still trying to figure out, “Where exactly is the path? Where did I take that next footstep?” 

Let's say over the course of the next week, you choose to walk down this exact same path each day. What would you notice at the end of that week?

You would definitely notice that more of the grass is beginning to get pushed down. You would notice that the path is easier to follow and identify because it's becoming more well-defined. It's probably taking you less effort to actually walk down this path.

What Would Happen In 21 Days?

Now, what would happen if you walked down the exact same path every day for 21 days? Most of the grass would probably be completely trampled, and you'd probably start seeing dirt coming through. The grass would be dying because you just keep walking in that exact same area. 

This well-defined path is going to make it a lot simpler for you to stay on the path instead of veering off and taking a new path. In fact, every single day that you walk down this path, it's going to become easier, it's going to become more efficient, and the path is going to become more permanent in that field.

Now, you guys are probably thinking at this point, "Man, I thought I was reading a book about guns and this dude's over here talking about grass and fields." 

How Your Brain Works...
The reason this is important is that this is exactly how the neural pathways inside of your brain actually function. When you decide to learn a brand new skill, like presenting your firearm from a position of concealment, it's just like that very first day that you walked through the field. It's going to be very challenging. It's going to be difficult. You're going to make a lot of little mistakes because it's a new path. It's a new neural network that you're attempting to form. 

This is why when people are first learning to present their gun, they will snag the firearm on their clothing. They will be very rigid in their movements because they have not created a well-defined pathway or neural network.

The Secret...

However, if you focus on performing this drill slowly and perfectly every single time you perform it, the drill will become easier. It will become more well-defined, and it will become embedded inside of your brain.

Soon, you will have performed the presentation from the holster drill so many times that your brain doesn't have to actively think about how to perform each action. This is where you're going to begin to see the speed and the efficiency. Now, I'm sure you guys have watched people on Instagram, on YouTube, or even competitive shooters when they present their firearm or perform an emergency reload or malfunction clearing drill. They perform that task really, really fast. And we all, deep down inside, are like, "Man, I wish I could do it fast like that." 

The reason that these expert shooters are able to move so quickly and so efficiently is because instead of attempting to perform these drills very quickly in the beginning, they focus on performing these drills perfectly, deliberately, and consistently over an extended period of time.

Then, with consistent practice, the neural network inside of their brain got larger and more efficient, and the speed began to come naturally as their movements became more automated. 

You Have 1.5 Seconds...

This is the goal of defensive pistol shooting. During a violent attack, you will have 1.5 seconds to identify the threat, orient your body towards the threat, decide the level of force that is justified under the law, present your firearm, achieve a proper two-handed grip, sight alignment, sight picture, identify what is in front of and beyond the target, and finally press the trigger smoothly to achieve an accurate hit. You read that right. You will have to accomplish all of this in under 1.5 seconds, and the only way to do it is by properly developing the neural pathways in your brain for high performance. 

The 21 Day Dry Fire Challenge is going to teach you exactly how to perform advanced shooting techniques perfectly every single time. This is going to allow your brain to develop strong and efficient neural pathways. Over time, with consistent deliberate practice, you will begin to perform these advanced firearm handling techniques on autopilot. And isn't that what we really want? If somebody attempted to stab you, you want to be able to present your firearm from a position of concealment and make accurate hits on that threat without having to consciously think about all of the different steps that are involved.

That's all I have for today. So until next time keep training and stay safe...

Ryan G. Thomas

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Ryan G. Thomas

Ryan believes a trained and aware citizen is the best way to minimize crime, victims and senseless acts of violence. Ryan is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a father of three beautiful children. Ryan and his wife Tiffany met while doing inner city ministry for Operation Explosion in Tampa 12 years ago. He is passionate about God, his family, and his community. Ryan has a passion for the 2nd amendment and believes all Americans should have the right and ability to protect themselves and their families.

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