Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 8

EDITOR’S DIARY

Editor’s Diary
Practice Habits
BY CHIP LOHMAN, MANAGING EDITOR

There is no short cut to learning how to shoot accurately during match conditions. Here’s what master shooters remind us about the importance of practice—lots of it.

op shooters I’ve spoken with have earned their classification the old fashioned way—through hard work. While one champion I interviewed seems to have been born with the right “programming” for competitive shooting, most became masters through years of climbing, rather than standing in line for the

T

helicopter ride to the mountain top. We’ve all been tempted to purchase, make or borrow a new gizmo to help leapfrog us into the winner’s circle. After all, confidence in our equipment is a good thing. My weakness is late at night, staring at a website that offers a trigger, sight or ammunition that will expedite my ascent on Mt. Everest, a place I very much want to visit. So

I thought I could return to competitive shooting after a 35-year layoff like riding a bike...
here’s an infomercial—not for an accuracy pill, but for an attitude that will help us to shoot better. In a recent discussion with someone who has “walked the walk” in competitive shooting sports, I was reminded of something I teach, but haven’t used in my own plans for better shooting. What I had known, but paid too little attention to recently, was this: To override a million years of what evolution has taught us about loud noises that are 20 inches from our face, we need to repeat (practice) the desired actions of a consistent hold and trigger squeeze until THAT message is louder than what is being shouted by our evolutionary “lizard brain.” Like bulldozing a

Kerrin Brinkman’s photo of author on the short line at Camp Perry, 2010.

new riverbed for a centuries-old river, it takes time. No websites. No gizmos. Shooters with high expectations for accuracy need a strongly programmed logic circuit that rationalizes: “It is more important that my eye initiate a smooth trigger squeeze at the moment things look right, than for my conscious brain to topple the first domino in a much slower sequence of see-anticipate-pull.” Like training your eye not to blink when the rock hits the windshield, it takes a ridiculous amount of repetition. I thought I could return to competitive shooting after a 35-year layoff like riding a bike. The knowledge was there, ready to be dusted off. But my “shooting circuits” that were bulldozed back in the 1970s had been reclaimed by the centuriesold river of fight or flight; to flinch from a loud noise. Through a stubborn mind-over-matter approach, I was able to muscle my lizard brain into submission, but only occasionally. With the slightest distraction, my instinctive brain would wiggle out from my strong hold and win the wrestling match— meaning I shot poorly. So, with tail somewhat between my legs, I have resigned to becoming “knee deep in brass” until my rehearsed logic circuit is stronger than my lizard brain’s concern over muzzle blast. Now, where is a good place to set-up my reloading bench?

8 SSUSA OCTOBER 2011

ILLUSTRATION BY LISA WILDER



Shooting Sports USA - October 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - October 2011

Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Editor’s Diary
Score Sheets
2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
2011 National Rifle Championships
How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
A Page from History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Editor’s Diary
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 9
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 National Rifle Championships
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 16
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 17
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 18
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 19
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 20
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 21
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 23
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 24
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 25
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - A Page from History
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Coming Events
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 28
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 29
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 30
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 31
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 32
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 33
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 34
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 35
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 36
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 37
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 38
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 40
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Cover3
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202106
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202105
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202010
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202009
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202008
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202007
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202006
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202005
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202004
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202003
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202002
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_202001
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201912
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201911
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201909
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201908
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201907
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201906
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201905
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201904
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201903
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201902
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201901
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201812
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201811
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201810
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201809
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201808
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201807
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201806
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201805
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201804
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201803
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201802
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201801
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201712
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201711
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201710
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201709
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201707
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201706
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201705
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201704
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201703
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201702
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201701
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201612
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201611
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201610
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201609
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201608
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201606
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201605
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201604
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201603
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201602
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201601
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201512
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201511
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201507
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201510
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201509
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201508
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201507
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201505
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201504
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201503
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201502
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201501
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201411
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201410
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201409
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201408
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201407
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201406
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201405
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201404
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201403
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201402
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201401
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201312
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201311
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/susa_201310
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201309
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201308
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201307
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201306
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201305
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201303
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201302
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201301
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201212
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201211
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201210
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201209
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201208
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201207
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201206
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201205
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201204
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201203
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201202
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201201
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201111
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201110
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201109
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201108
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201107
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201106
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201105
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201010
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201009
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201008
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201007
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201006
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201005
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201004
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201003
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201002
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201001
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200912
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200911
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200909
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200908
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200907
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_200906
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com