There is a difference between the three and precision shooting and hunting are separate monsters of their own. So like Biggie would say: "If you don't know, now you know." In this article we will examine each of the three aspects mentioned and explore the differences between them so that those that are not initiated can understand the perspective of each and how they may or may not apply to them.
This is important because all too often people for whatever reason (due to Hollywood and Magpul videos) seem to either have the roles confused and or twisted. When this twisted perception is allowed to fester it does nothing but create unnecessary confusion between people within and external to the Gun Game.
The pillars of competition shooting are as follows:
The funny thing about these three pillars is that they contradict each other. Not in the negative sense but simply because they don’t mix! I hold the position that they don’t mix because they seeming overlap each other with diminishment. Again, this is not a bad thing, in fact, it can be seen as way to triangulate the skill set of the subject behind the gun in a way that it challenges them to push themselves to the brink of combining all three into perfect harmony. Now of course we all should know that no one will achieve this harmony 100% of the time but I think a strong 93% is not only accomplishable but a great endeavor to aspire to!
Even more than that we must also take a look at the negative side of competition shooting. Targets are stationary for the most part and do not shoot back. There no way to get around this. This is not to belittle competition shooting because it is a great source of training especially when talking about transitioning and target discrimination and target acquisition. But the fact, still remains that Competition Shooting does not fully prepare you for the real world shooting application.
I have yet to see John Wick 2 but the training provided by Taran Butler and Bob Vogel who are great Shooters in their respects simple will not suffice in a real world shooting application. There are simply too many variables that are in motion to account for. however, as entertaining as the John Wick series very well may be, the "go balls out and blast'em all" action shooting seen from the film and from Competition Shooters in general are simply not applicable in the real world.
Another thing that is seen with competition shooters is that they run extremely "ninjafied" guns. Modifications such as these are not done for style but, the guns that they run are generally set up for speed and efficiency. now that is not to say that these guns do not serve a more practical purpose in the real world because there are some modifications on these guns that absolutely do.
However, could you imagine utilizing a gun for Conceal Carry that has a huge mag well on it? Yeah it helps you load faster but what about the printing and the sheer extra girth and size added to the gun. RULE OF THUMB: EVERYTHING HAS IT'S PLACE - AND EVERY GUN HAS IT'S PLACE.
The Shooter does that SHOOT! And there is nothing wrong with that. In fact the Shooter maybe be exceptionally good at what he or she does! The Shooter should be well versed in Marksmanship, safety and various other shooting fundamentals but may not be necessarily ready for the real world shooting application. The reason for this is that the Shooter may simply be a great Recreational Shooter or Marksmen and these two characteristics may be the only thing that they know or the only thing they want to know (who knows but only them).
However, there is one critical thing missing from the Shooter in many of the cases: and that is cognitive maturity and Cognitive insight. It is my professional consultative position that cognitive maturity and cognitive insight are more important than shooting itself. This is because in the real world any ape can press the trigger! Like the late great Louis Awerbuck once said (paraphrasing):
"There must be a brain behind the weapon - anything less than that you are relying on pure dumb luck."
Again, there is nothing wrong with the Shooter, it’s just that the Shooter may or may not be well rounded enough to engage in the real world Gun-Fighting applications.
The Gun-Fighter is the most well rounded of the three mentioned in this article. I hold this position because the Gun-Fighter is able to adapt, remain flexible as well as be resourceful while operating in the real world application. Even more than that the Gun-Fighter seeks to UNDERSTAND Law and how it may work in in and out of his or her favor. The Gun-Fighter doesn't simply seek to go to the range to hit the "bulls-eye" or to punch holes in paper.
For the Gun-Fighter, each round that is expelled has a purpose. For he or she UNDERSTANDS that this purpose is what’s makes the difference between going home, getting placed in a bag or a box or a prison cell. The Gun-Fighter knows that behind every round there is an ATTORNEY.
Even more that that the Gun-Fighter when in engagements has an acquired sense of cover and concealment. This is something that is often times taken for granted with Competition Shooter and almost non-existent with general Shooters. The most important thing for the Gun-Fighter is that he or she recognizes that there is always more than one way to train, and constantly seeks to add more tools to his or her toolbox. The Gun-Fighter keeps an open mind to new possibilities.
When fighting, the Gun-Fighter seeks not for a long drawn out fight like some Hollywood Blockbuster - but the Gun-Fighter seeks to end the Gun-fight as often as he or she can way before the Gun-Fighting starts. And if for whatever reason, bullets must be exchanged the Gun-Fighter will seek to neutralize his or her opponent in the short amount of time. The Gun-Fighter seek to maximize their Fight-Efficiency™ so that when fighting each press of the trigger in conjunction with each action should be perceived as effortless.