(OR: Why I Felt Great About Shooting A 73 The Day After Gabe & Manny Shot Record-Setting Perfect 125’s)
It’s been said that overcoming adversity on the way to achieving your goals makes victory all the sweeter. In the case of Rogers, I could have used just a little less adversity… But earning a Basic rating on my first trip there, having taken no formal pistol instruction before attending, was sweet indeed.
I originally set out to construct an easy-to-follow narrative about my week at Rogers, but I kept getting self-conscious about how it ended up being all about me. In the interests of actually getting this finished and published, I’m going to deviate from the first-person travelogue format and instead share the most interesting stories, observations, and tips gleaned from my time there.
Proof that not every instructor demo at Rogers Shooting School goes perfectly, but also an example of how to handle the situation with humor and grace. In this video, chief instructor Ronnie Dodd executes his first reload cleanly, but on the second reload comes up with a multi-tool instead of a magazine when he reaches back to the pouches on his belt.
For the vast majority of my adult life, all the way through 2012, I was a perfectly stereotypical casual shooter. I made it to the indoor range every month or three and shot 150-200 rounds of ammo. Because I shot better than the drunk monkeys in the stalls around me, I told myself that I was a pretty good shot and felt good leaving the range.
The problem was, every once in a while, there would be someone there who didn’t just shoot better than the drunk monkeys — they’d shoot so much better than me that I could hardly believe it. For a long time, I convinced myself that these folks were specially trained ex-SOCOM types, freaks of nature, or possibly both.
Total of 18 students in this private class, including course-destroying perfect score shooters Gabe White (OrigamiAK) and Manny Bragg. Chief Instructor Ronnie Dodd on far left. Class organized by GJM (green jacket, front) and Astro The Wonder Dog (center). Gabe shot … Continue reading →