The parallel between teaching kids to drive and self-defense shooting…

There’s a tendency in the human brain that causes it to think that a little bit of knowledge about a topic translates into a lot of skill.  It’s called the Dunning Kruger effect.

If you can remember learning to drive or teaching a teen to drive, you can probably relate.

A teenager may have devoured dozens magazine articles on driving.

Watched every “Fast & Furious” until they were memorized.

and

Played hundreds of hours of racing video games.

They KNOW the facts about how to drive.

But…

They KNOW where the brake pedal is…but do they know how to quickly pick up and put down their foot without it getting caught up or pushing too hard when something appears in front of them while driving?

They KNOW they should keep the car centered in the lane, but how far out of center do they get before doing a jerky correction?

They KNOW that if there’s an obstacle in front of them that they need to turn the wheel to miss it, but can they do it smoothly enough at high speed to avoid hitting another car or going off the road?

They KNOW that they’re not supposed to lock the brakes on ice, but how many times will they lock the brakes before it becomes automatic to tap or feather the brakes?

They KNOW (from Tokyo Drift, of course) that they’re supposed to turn into a skid, but how many times will they turn away from it before it becomes instinct?

The fact is, just because a kid knows ABOUT driving and can explain how to do it doesn’t mean they can do it well at speed with a little bit of stress.

And it takes a bit of practice in controlled conditions at low speed to be able to start making the transition to driving well at higher speeds in more complicated situations.

When you’re an adult and you’ve internalized these lessons…the lessons that only come after actually driving and making mistakes…it’s pretty obvious that teenage drivers aren’t as skilled as they think they are.

Even if they know more facts and figures, see better, and have faster reflexes than you.

Like I said, this tendency for people with just a little bit of knowledge to think that they have a LOT more skill than they actually do is called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

And, it’s why almost every red-blooded American male believes that they’re born with the birth-right to…

Drive a car like Mario Andretti…

Be a tiger between the sheets…

And shoot like a Delta Force commando…

even if they haven’t done anything to earn that confidence.

We laugh at the absurdity, but the fact is that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing…

And, just to be clear, going through a concealed carry permit class is just a little bit of knowledge–it’ not enough.

In fact, less than 10% of the 10 million people who have their concealed carry permit go on to do additional formal training in a given year.

But it’s not just permit holders.

A recent study that I’m going to discuss on Thursday showed that the average officer, within months of leaving an academy, will have little ability to actually apply their skills in a dynamic encounter against a defiantly resistant subject.

Just a few months.

This is a HUGE deal…

When people try to stop a lethal threat with more confidence than skill, the end result is more shots fired, more ineffective hits, more misses, and more risk to everyone around.

As I asked yesterday, what’s the answer?

The first thing you need to do is nail the shooting fundamentals with guided step-by-step training like 21 Day Alpha Shooter.

The next step is to take those fundamentals and begin adding in the factors that exist in a real gunfight that you can’t practice at a traditional range…like:

shooting off balance and at odd angles,

putting accurate hits on target while moving and turning,

incorporating cover & concealment into your training,

adding cognitive load to your training,

adding decision making to your shooting,

and more.

Traditionally, this kind of training has been almost impossible to find and ridiculously expensive to do—both in terms of learning cost and ammo/time.

But, this Thursday, I’m going to share with you a step-by-step process that anyone can do in the comfort of your home that will take you from being a flat-range shooter to being able to respond quicker and more effectively to threats in a 360 degree real-world environment.  It’s fun, it’s easy, and anyone can do it.

This training is going to challenge many of the assumptions you have about effective gun training.

There are several myths that are pervasive in today’s gun training culture that are causing you to work harder and shoot worse than you need to–and nobody likes wasting time and hard-earned money.

We’ll cover some of these myths…as well as the solutions.

So, head on over >HERE< right now to reserve your spots.  It’s free for you, but spots are limited.  When you do, I’m going to send you a series of videos between now and Thursday about winning gunfights from behind the 8-ball…worst case scenarios when you don’t realize you’re in a fight until you’ve got a gun pointed at you.  (Traditional range training doesn’t get shooters ready for this kind of reality.)

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