President Regan used these words. They apply to so many areas in our lives, including shooting.
I was recently caught up in a “debate” involving a premise espoused by a well-known instructor that I was not 100% comfortable with. I took his basic statement, tried it, found that I got a different result, and attempted to explain to some of the followers that while I agreed with part of it, I thought what was missing from the statement was practice on the part of the shooter and that when I recreated the situation, I got a different result.
What followed were multiple men, yes, it was all men, telling me I clearly didn’t understand the concept. To say it went downhill from there would be an understatement. I decided to withdraw from the debate, the FB Group and any association with this particular program.
The whole thing got me to thinking. No matter who your instructor is, you, as a shooter, should be responsible for your own beliefs. If something doesn’t seem quite right, do you homework, challenge. This makes you a better shooter and a better student. Challenge your instructor. If the response is “you just don’t understand”, well, maybe you need a different instructor. If they take the time to listen, explain and consider your point…you have made a better instructor and they are a keeper.
In shooting, as in life, Trust but Verify.