New shooters? “You gotta pay your dues”

From Team Hollis

Are you a new shooter?

Are you attempting to pave a little footpath in this sport?

Are you a little discouraged? Have you been working really hard and have had little in the was of results?

Look no further.. I’ve spent the past year busting my backside. Shooting, dry runs, technique drills, prep work, research, you name it. I have little to show results wise, and boy does that sting. Not towards others in a bad way, but because I expect more from myself. I set my standards high, often too high for my own good.

I started shooting competitively a little over 2 years ago. I watch other shooters compete and have great runs, with fast times and accurate shots. Then I try, and it’s usually a hot mess.  My husband who has been around firearms his entire life, can pick up a 9mm and grab a zero within a breath or two.

Revelation time.

It takes A LOT of time to be good. It takes a lot of hard work and even more patience to shoot well. Yes it’s going to be hard, but nothing worth having ever came easy.

Competitive shooting is one where gender doesn’t matter. Male & female standard.. All the same. As it should be. Just because you’re a female, doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t shoot well. Same goes for a new male shooter.  Figure out what works for you, and stick with it. Don’t be afraid to fail again and again. Over and over, until you finally get it. Most would agree, males dominate this sport.. Respectfully, so what. Go out, pick up your 9mm and start shooting.

Be open to criticism. Be open to help, and ask for it when you know you need it. Be a student of this sport. Go to seminars, classes and conferences. Invest in it if you truly want to be good.

Don’t be afraid to speak up at competitions. Tell them you’re a newer shooter. As long as you are a safe shooter and you follow the rules,  I guarantee they will help and offer for guidance.

Those winning now, those shooting fast accurate runs, have been working on their craft for a very long time. Hundreds, and even probably thousands of repetitions and hours of practice.

Pay your dues & put the time in if you want to be good. And if you stick with it long enough, eventually success will find you.


Candace / TeamHollis

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.