This past weekend I shot my favorite local match of the year, UDPL’s Super Shoot. This was my 6th time shooting the annual match, and my second time winning the Ten Round Max division (TRM). I didn’t take the match seriously until about 2014 when I shot the match with my Beretta 90-two. I took 4th that year in TRM, then 4th with a Glock 34 in 2015 and 1st in 2016 with my M&P pro. I have always wanted to win it with my favorite gun, the Beretta 92fs.
This year I took out a well used Beretta 92 fs Vertec and tried to get it ready for the match. It needed new sights that hit point of aim, and some more trigger work. Done and done. What I should have focused on was reloading some better ammo. But all is well that ends well. Here is the video of this fun match. You should come shoot it next year, with a Beretta.
I have been asked “what is the difference between your pistol classes and all the others?” My answer is that PARA is about hard tangible skill building, not about tactics or mindset. We build a foundation of skill, then add the two later. In today’s pistol classes there is a tendency to train to a easier standard of accuracy saying “it’s good enough for that speed” or “that is combat accurate.” This is mainly due to instructors trying to get a lot of subject matter covered in a day and for most classes it is enough for what they want you to accomplish in that class. That kind of training still leaves hard dependable accuracy being neglected. Solid accurate hits should be one of the training industry’s highest standards but it is not. I hold myself to a high standard of accuracy and I will teach and hold my students in class to the same high standard.
Training in fundamentals sounds slow and boring but it is the opposite of that. Hitting targets at range or of a small perceptive size feels amazing, while hitting them at a fast pace makes you feel unstoppable. I want my students to be able to push the mechanical accuracy of their weapons, to feel confident in their ability to make timely and devastatingly accurate hits. Reload and move with smooth motions and manipulate the weapon like a professional. This smoothness comes from not only teaching how to perform but also how to practice it via live and dry fire.
I hear a lot of the balance between speed and accuracy in classes, from articles and other shooters, I have no problem with this term but I prefer “accuracy at speed.” You either hit a target or not. Did I hit where I intended to? Why did my bullet impact there? Why was this motion so slow when we review it? How can I go faster? These are the question that I will answer.I will not pass on them and tell you it was good enough. This is the attitude of PARA and what sets us apart.
To better serve individual with time restraints I am now offering One on One three hour training appointments. These sessions are designed to give the students most of Practical Pistol in a more focused and schedule friendly format. To schedule email me at Tom@para-training.com