I like to use the word knowing in conjunction with the word CONFIDENCE.  Is knowing and confidence the same?  I’m going to talk about knowing in competition and the tactical world.  So what is knowing?  Knowing you have the confidence to make a shot.  Knowing you can hit a steel target at 50 yards.  At a 100 yards.  In competition, having the confidence to take a 30 yard shot on a partial target because you’ve done your homework.  You know what the sight picture looks like for that distance and what type of trigger pull you need.  You’ve zero’d your gun and know where the rounds are going to land.

How many of you can say that?  I don’t care if your a competitor or door kicker.  Do you know right now what your bullet does at 10 yards?  25 yards?  50 yards?  100 yards?

If you don’t then you won’t be confident.  You will either hesitate which will be slow on a timer or cost you or someone else’s life.

Harsh?  If you carry a gun you have the responsibility to know how to use it.

In competition, having the confidence to come up with a stage plan that will save you time because you don’t need to run to a closer position just because you are afraid of missing at distance.  To know that there is no shot you can’t take.  Folks that’s liberating.

In the tactical world, to know that you can hit a bad guy hiding across the parking lot poking his head over the hood at 40 yards.  The ability to hit the guy holding a hostage without fear that you’ll hit the hostage.  Even simpler:  not be nervous at all when you qualify with your duty weapon…you know you can.

This is knowing.  This is confidence.  This is practice.

Stay safe.

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About Arik Levy

Arik Levy is an 12 year veteran law enforcement officer working full time at a major metropolitan agency in the South East. He spent 7 years working the streets in patrol and as a field training officer. For the past four years he has been a full time firearms instructor teaching handgun, rifle and shotgun. Arik also has been competing in USPSA for the past two years where he is currently classified in Production Division at A class. He is a two time gold medalist in his division for the Florida Police and Fire games 3 Gun match, and a gold medalist in both the Practical Pistol and Shotgun match. He is also the Top Cop Pistol Champion for 2014 and 2015. He has trained with an extensive list of both tactical and competitive instructors including: Mike Pannone, Pat McNamara, Frank Proctor, Scott Reitz, Chris Costa, Max Michel, Frank Garcia, Bruce Gray, Ben Stoeger, Steve Anderson and Jerry Barnhart. Arik is also a certified Advanced Armorer with Glock, Colt, Sig Sauer and Smith and Wesson.

4 thoughts on “Knowing

  1. I routinely train with my carry weapons to be able to confidently make a headshot at 18 yards. I can hit steel at 43 yards with my 4 inch (max length of our outdoor bays),

    Why would you need to take a 100 yard shot with a handgun?

    I understand the confidence behind the skill, but I don’t understand the need to be able to neutralize a target at that distance. I recently read about an office taking exactly such a shot successfully; but as a civillian, is there a practical reason to be able to shoot accurately that far with a handgun?

    • It’s not about whether or not there’s a practical reason to be able to shoot that far out. It’s about being able to do it without hesitation if the need ever arises. The probability that a civilian who was carrying a concealed firearm is pinned down by rifle fire from 100 yards out is slim, but nothing is impossible. If said civilian can make the shot to save their own life, as well as others, then having the confidence to be able to do that is better than hiding and praying.

      • I really enjoy this website and what I have learned here, and I do not want to appear to be contentious, but where is it written that the opposite of not being able to make a 100 yard shot with a handgun is ‘hiding and praying’?

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