The New Rules of Marksmanship: A Firearms Training Manifesto
I developed The New Rules of Marksmanship, which is my personal firearms training manifesto and firearms training system after becoming frustrated with how shooting was being taught. After teaching firearms at all levels for the past twenty-five years, I realized that the way most people learn to shoot was fundamentally flawed. The methods of their techniques are not wrong; the methods of learning they use – or more correctly – don’t use are wrong.
What I mean is that for the past twenty-five years we’ve been debating over how to stand or how to hold the gun, when almost any way will work if you train the right way. But until now, nobody has focused on the methods of learning how to shoot as the issue. Was Michael Jordan a great basketball player because of the way he held the ball or how he stood when he did free throws? Or, was it because he trained properly? Did Bobby Fischer become a chess master because he grabbed his pieces from the top when other players grabbed them too low? Or, was it because he studied and used his mind to dominate his opponents? We all know the answers to these questions and the same logic applies to becoming a great shooter.
Since holding a ball or chess piece a certain way clearly is not the path to becoming the next Jorden or Fischer, why are we still thinking that if we change our grip or stance we'll magically become a better shooter? Well, we know it's not a problem with understanding that there is a better way to train. The problem is that most people have built up what’s known in the investment world as a sunk cost bias.
It Hasn’t Worked Yet, Why Stop?
Sunk cost bias is when you’ve already invested so much money (time training) into an investment (shooting method) that you don’t want to give it up because you think there’s a better chance of you making money (shooting better) by just maintaining course than by pulling a Crazy Ivan. I can tell you that I’ve seen what’s at the end of each path: one is more of the same, ending in feelings of “I guess I’m just not a good shooter.” and the other ends with amazement that shooting could be so easy.
Green Eggs and Ham
Ever since I started teaching civilians and law enforcement the right way to train back in 2009, I’ve felt like Sam in Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. I keep repeating how good dry weapons training is, but people fight it and protest. That Sajnog man, that Sajnog man, I do not like that Sajnog man – I do not like dry weapons manipulation!
Yes, of course you don’t like it, but just try it and you will see!
You see, I’ve never had anyone who followed my training methods and didn’t make dramatic improvements in their shooting. That is why I'm writing this series about The New Rules of Marksmanship — to get you to try it.
Just try it and you will see!
Back in 2011, I wrote a series called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shooters, which led to me writing How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL. In that series, I went over the seven fundamentals of marksmanship that I learned as a Navy SEAL and teach to my students. Well, the New Rules of Marksmanship is the basis for my latest book, Navy SEAL Shooting, how I teach my online members to learn how to shoot at home and a free online video training course I’ll be releasing soon. I'm also in the process of publishing The New Rules of Marksmanship, but members get a free copy of the eBook **HINT***
Listen, the New Rules do not replace how you shoot but give you a way to learn and train more efficiently.
The New Rules of Marksmanship:
Dry Weapons Manipulation
I initially wrote this series last year and gave away the e-book for free. Because only members get the ebook and it won't be in print until later this year, I'm re-releasing the series because it's the basis for everything I teach on the site. Most of this series was only available to my paid members until now, but I'm opening the veil to the entire system for the first time. Each article or video will be updated and by the end of the series, you'll have all the tools you need to fundamentally change the way you shoot. You'll save time and money as well as learn the secrets to training faster and easier at home than by going to any range.
I've also partnered with some amazing companies over the past year that have tools you can use to learn most effectively at home. I'll be sharing some of these with you along the way.
If you’re one of the nearly 20,000 people who have already joined the New Rules revolution — thank you! Please share your stories here to help the revolution grow.