19 Nov Frank Proctor – “The Fundamentals of Fast”
Balance, trigger control and the ability to shoot quickly and accurately while moving. These are a few of the issues that I personally struggle with along with many other individuals attempting the steep upward path to shooting mastery. I recently had the privilege of learning from USPSA Grand Master Frank Proctor. Frank’s impressive background in operating firearms paints an image of an individual whose passion for shooting goes far beyond the majority. His experience and knowledge invite the average shooter to look through the sights of a master, and dramatically improve their own ability to outshoot the competition. Frank Proctor dedicated 18 years of his life to multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army Special Forces and walked the extra mile by Instructing for the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course. His passion for finding the most effective way to operate a firearm is like watching a starving kid in a candy store with unlimited funds. It was a literal treat to learn from an individual as dedicated to his craft.
Putting admiration of Frank’s credentials aside, lets jump into the 2 day class (The Fundamentals of Fast) I had the privilege of participating in. The biggest hurdle is always going to start with safety. Handling firearms safely is not only paramount but a vital key before jumping into the trenches of perfecting your shooting ability, particularly when pushing for higher levels of performance where one isn’t operating on a standard square range. The basic idea is to avoid shooting at things we don’t intend on destroying. After a thorough discussion on how to accomplish handling firearms safely we took a detailed look into the mechanics and amazing balance the human body is designed for. Proper grip and stance were discussed in terms of placing the hands on the firearm to achieve maximum coverage and control. This portion of the class took a detailed look at why we make the movements we do to keep and maintain proper balance and how to use this to our advantages while moving and shooting; simple concepts of keeping a comfortable and upright posture seemed to be the core foundation in maintaining a solid and effective shooting stance. The biggest take away from the class is to keep movements minimal, fluid, with muscles and joints being used to your greatest possible advantage. Keeping those movements FLUID by simply allowing your body to move seems to be a concept that a lot of people struggle with. By allowing this to happen, we’re taking advantage of our own physiology for optimum performance.
Stealing a phrase from the expert “LETITDO” the mind has the fascinating capability to take something that appears complicated and translates it into a simplified form. At first glance the words combined appear odd until the mind can translate those words to be read separately to be understood. The concept is the same for grasping how the brain commands the body’s movements while shooting. Picture walking with a hot cup of coffee in your hand. Your bodies supercomputer understands and implements the proper commands to keep that cup of hot liquid from spilling over the edge. Muscles, Nerves and joints automatically take the reigns without much thought. The same happens when handling a firearm once the fear of the firearm subsides with the respect and understanding of how it operates.
In Summary, understanding the connection of mental, visual and physical while safely handling a firearm is truly the heart of honing your ability to excel in the competitive world of shooting. Frank brings an informative and relaxed vibe to the table with the knowledge and mastery of an individual who has experienced shooting in its highest form. If given the chance I would highly recommend attending one of his courses. Please see the attached link for upcoming classes and their locations. If you care to take the plunge down range towards improving your shooting ability, you won’t be disappointed with this class.
PREPARE – PROTECT – PREVAIL
By: Heather Crockett, Range Manager and Firearms Instructor