Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

The following is great advice for anyone who wants to get into competitions, defensive shooting (or carry), or just someone who wants to do better at the range.

I don’t invest high dollars into my competition or carry gear. I do however, buy quality gear, and practice using time and expert tested practice/training techniques. Often I will out-shoot the “weekend warier” who has invested a mint into his pistol and gear.

In other words, it is my experience, that higher end or better equipment will not make up for poor shooting skills. Spending more, or buying higher quality, may improve your shooting ability, but it will not make up the difference of poor shooting skills and techniques.

Don’t put yourself or other at risk because of incorrect or untested shooting gear

Higher end equipment may even make your shooting skills worse, and put you and other around you at more risk. Some equipment takes unique training and practice to use, while other equipment might have higher tolerances engineered into them, or it may not be best for every situation.

Here are a few examples:

Buying up:

It has been my experience that when looking down the sites of a Glock (roughly $550) compared to a Sig Sauer (roughly $1000), that the Sig has “tighter” tolerances. Your eye has align the sites up almost perfectly in order to bull-eye the target.

Using higher end equipment incorrectly:

After watching a few professionals on YouTube, you run out and buy the “race” holster that they were using. (These are specially designed holsters that allow the wearer to unholster the weapon faster, but may not always provide maximum retention.) While open carrying your defensive pistol in your new race holster, you bump into a desk, and your pistol falls to the floor endangering you and everyone around you.

With any equipment purchase, make sure that you test it, and of course, if you haven’t already, get quality training.


The often say “Practice makes perfect.” Some of the top firearms instructors have added, “Perfect practice, makes perfect!”

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