Amen, Davy. Good men are hard to find. Always have been. Who was it who said, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation?"
I disremember. Lotta' Truth there, though, ain't there? So many of us humankind never even try to get "outside the box" and have a look see, that pilots are a group I've always admired. Never had the dough to have my own plane - and anything else - so I just always "worshiped them from afar." I'm acrophobic, so I guess it makes sense that I'd love flying. Aint' it funny how that works? Men who find the "normal" boring, and set out to achieve or know or find something more, have always been the kinds who've taken the risks, and experienced the pleasures that others never know, and don't understand. We parcel our lives out to the great God of mediocrity, and sell our will for the affirmation of others. It's only cragy ol' summiches that won't allow themselves to be satisfied by the many opiates and vices of the masses. It's a dang shame, but that's the way it is, and I think the way it's always been, and likely will always be. Folks who "pay the price" to go beyond what's considered "kosher" in human associations are ....... well, they're "different," and tend to be punished for being different. Look what they did to Jesus! Nailed him down on that cross, and stuck him with a spear, and ........ well, you know the story. If THEY can't do it, or it makes them uneasy about their meager efforts and existence, why then it's just GOT to be STOPPED, doesn't it?
Dang it! That other post of yours has me in "that mode" again!
I wish you wouldn't DO that to me, son! It ain't RIGHT takin' advantage of my impressionability! But it's what you do best, so I reckon it's O.K. ......... kinda' sorta', maybe.
Well, dang it, let's get back on course here, and I'll comment or try to expand on some points here. We oughta' get a good fight goin' here 'fore long, eh? Hee hee hee!
Well, here goes:
1. "..... that the only things you really have to do is Tiger the sights and make the sear break when you are sure the sights are alighned." - Wouldn't that be like sayin that all you gotta do to play the Blues guitar is to hit all the right notes at the right times?
EXACTLY! Only the guitar takes a LOT of finger dexterity that I apparently just don't have. Like you say, every once in a while, when I'm well practiced, I'll hit that "zone" and play above my head. Truly a most gratifying experience! I guess I just don't WANT to play most of the time, which kinda' makes my point. I get caught up in just relaxing with the guitar, I literally forget to PLAY the dang thing! Sure do like your sense of humor!
2. "Brian Enos touched on this stuff a little in his book and I've tried to discuss it with some other shooters, who wind up not getting it. Those are the shooters that don't do very well too."
Interesting! I never read books on how to do stuff, because they never work. I've found that I may screw up a lot more, initially, but if I just "figure it out myself," the process gets me a lot more involved in what's going on, and I notice stuff I'd never notice if I were just following directions. Only AFTER one gets a good feeling for something do I think such books do much good. The benefit of others' experience and observations most definitely ARE helpful, and often highly so, but FIRST, one must, I think, have a basic grasp of the process. That still comes, I think, by doing things, and just noticing what is involved, how it works, and working things out as you go. Others will disagree, of course, and not without reason, but what I'm talking about here is nothing more than getting the basic PROCESS down, and I really DO think it's best done by trial and error, and carefully observing what's going on, and figuring out WHY what works, works. Just MHO, of course.
3. 'Going Zen' on demand is what I cant do yet.
Well, don't be expecting pity from ME, son! Yew ain't by your lonesome! I ga-ron-tee! I doubt there's anyone who ALWAYS does it. That just isn't the way life works. Still, there are those who CAN do it MOST to NEARLY ALL of the time, and THOSE boys (and gals) can't do it, I think, without constant practice. I just haven't been shooting a whole lot for several years, now, and it sure shows! Would that it were not so, but ...... well, that's just the way it is. I should be able to start getting back into some semblance of shape again, soon, when I get the new reloading shanty finished. That ALWAYS helps. I'll have everything set up to where I'll be able to go in and start producing ammo and bullets quickly, and that will be a BIG help! Still, I do have my moments, and most especially when a quick shot's required. One tends to do - in the spur of a moment - what one has TRAINED himself to do, and that's a habit that doesn't go completely away, even without regular practice - not COMPLETELY, anyway. There ARE certain long- lasting benefits of getting good, even once, but the more one trains and practices, the better able they'll be to, as you say, do it on demand.
4. "... but when you get to the point where your sear breaks when you think fire, you have arrived where all good pistol shooters must get to in order to be able to shoot well."
AMEN, Davy! AMEN! Good shooting just can't be done without a good trigger. For fine, precise shooting, that means it has to be light, and maybe even more important than how light it is, within reason, it has to break EVERY TIME at the same exact pressure. All this harks to consistency, of course, and it takes a good gun with a good trigger to be consistent. That's one reason when a good shooter, like Davy, gets a gun that "speaks to him," you'll NEVER pry that particular gun out of their hands.
Now the strange thing is that ol' Ed McGivern, the undisputed
"King" of the double action mode, used full strength springs in all his guns. That pudgy little guy had forearms like a blacksmith, though, and could "trigger cock" a M-10 S&W to perfection. He DID demand that his guns be very SMOOTH, though, in DA mode, and that makes them very consistent. Again, without that consistency, there'll be no record-breaking shooting, whether it be formal competition, or just besting your own best performance to date. Golfers say they like the game because they're always playing against their own personal best prior performance. Good shooting works the same way, in that respect. Good carpenters don't work with cheap Korean made tools, usually. They use GOOD tools, and learn how to maintain and even "tune" them. A good shooter has to do the very same thing. Besides, that's sometimes and in some ways, as absorbing and "fun" as the shooting part. It can become another leg in the "eternal search for perfection," and I think most all the best shooters learn to do their own work. They may THEN give it to someone who does this part even BETTER than they do, but they know how to do it. Learning this helps understand just what it is that you're feeling as you pull that trigger, and helps you know how to "fix" stuff properly when you detect the need.
5. "A good handgun shooter needs strong forearms."
Yup! Wish you hadn't talked about the "D-word," though! Diet!? Yech! ;^) That old trick really works on the forearms and parts of the hands that help one grip stuff.
One other thing that really helps, that you'll never understand how MUCH it helps until you hurt it permanently and irreparably, is a good, strong BACK! I ga-ron-tee you this! Hurt mine darn good in ‘81, and it really affected my shooting. Mostly, at first, it affected my abilities during long strings of fire, but it WILL most definitely affect your ability to shoot in ANY amount to at least some degree. Imagine your upper torso being stable as a rock. Now, inject a mid-section that won't be still, and can't. See what I mean? No way a stable top is going to be any steadier than the middle will allow it to be. Like all athletic endeavors, shooting is a function of one's conditioning and the kind of shape one's in. That's one reason they work soldiers so hard in boot camp, and have regular PT. Looks like they did a superb job on our boys in Iraq, doesn't it? Practice and GOOD training ALWAYS show!
6. "If you shoot tin cans and dirt clods, you get sloppy."
Well, sure, if you do it just to hit the can. It's a lot of fun, though, and if you pick a small spot and aim for that, and CALL your shot to your buddies, you dang well better hit that spot or expect some ragging, and then THEY'll go and shoot your spot right off the can.
Plinking CAN be fun AND good practice, and if you're wanting to be a good field shot, I think the variable shapes and colors (often buff colored and sorta' cammo'd) can add SOME utility to the endeavor. A really great shot I know is fond of plinking pecans and pebbles out in his yard. I've rarely seen him shoot a tin can in years, unless it's at least 200 yds. away with a rifle or 100 with a pistol. It's just no fun to hit something that's easy, and it DOES make us sloppy. Besides, like I said, it's no fun, either. Good targets will ALWAYS be the arbiter for a shooter, though. There's no substitute.