See Everything!

“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” 

In Practical Shooting, Beyond Fundamentals, I outlined 5 types of seeing—to call the shot—which vary with the shot’s difficulty. I wonder, however, if that caused more confusion than it helped. Because within a single course of fire, seldom is there “one way” to see.

Shooting a plate rack, you might only remember seeing the front sight track up and down from plate to plate. That’s okay. Until you try to see like that on a course with oddly spaced targets… You’ll notice that the sights did not stop on the center of each target, because you did not see the center of each target before moving the pistol to it.

For a typical USPSA stage with irregularly spaced targets, this is how I would see: Look to the center of the target, then bring the focus back to the sights as they arrive on that spot. And endlessly repeat… 

While shooting a stage, you see a lot of things you can’t remember. What you can remember seeing for a particular course of fire, however, will guide you the next time you shoot a similar array of targets.

Me and Robby in our natural state of awe and wonder.

But even that idea can be dangerous. On a plate rack at 20 yards, I can remember a beautiful run… The front sight in razor sharp focus as it tracked up and down from plate to plate, the shot breaking effortlessly in the center of each target. That was so fun and easy, now I think I have that figured out. So I try to repeat that on the next rack. You guessed it: failure. 

I stopped letting the seeing produce the activity.

Relentlessly observe; you never know what you will learn in pure seeing. In shooting, the mantra see everything! …was key for me.

If you are fully attentive—when shooting and living—the activity accomplishes itself.

I’ll post a new topic each Friday afternoon, in one of two categories. One will be on shooting, and the other will be on living. Or: how I learned to live from what I learned by competing.
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