konkapot Posted February 25, 2008 Share Posted February 25, 2008 From time to time there are discussions as to the relative shooting skills of the "typical" police officer as compared to the "typical" USPSA shooter. I believe it was Mr. Avery who said that earning your "B" card was akin to a blackbelt. Many of the LE shooters in USPSA can hardly be called "typical." Seeklander, Strader, Yong Lee, etc come to mind. So check this out. I work at a high-volume Federal LE training center. We get lots and lots of students, from ALL walks of life. I'm working with a small group doing some very simple dryfire drills. This allows them some gun handling time, and allows me a chance to see Who's Who and What's What. One of the trainees is.....different. He's performing the drill, but is definately in a different dimension than the others. He's smooth, fluid, and competent. So I watch him out of the corner of my eye while I work with folks who are on the other end of the spectrum. We move on to reloads. This trainee does a perfect, precise, Travis Tomasie-style reload. If you search Google for "reload" the first hit is the Travis video...the second hit would be this guy's reload. I chat with him later and inquire as to his shooting pedigree. He says that he's a USPSA shooter....Open...C Class. He was reasonable, polite, and articulate. We chat for a bit about shooting, and have a pleasant exchange. I go home and look him up. Yup, C Open. Hasn't shot USPSA for about 7 months. I have had the opportunity to watch him shoot every day for the past three weeks. As a C class Open shooter, shooting a factory Sig pistol, in a moderate to high stress environment, in a class of about 85% police officers, he absolutely completely totally unequivocally DOMINATES his fellow trainees. If a drill requires you to be fast, he's done first. If you need to be accurate........well, he's the first trainee in a long time to shoot 100% on the qual course. Oh....and he did it on his FIRST attempt. As a C Open shooter. With a factory gun. And major pf ammo. In stark contract to the "I already know how to shoot" guys and the "I was a cop for 4 years so...." and the "Well, that's not how I'm used to reloading" this guy is helpful, polite, eager to learn, and receptive to new things. He helps his fellow trainees, contributes to the workload, and is an all around model trainee. This doesn't end the debate, but struck me as interesting. FY42385 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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