Time for a perspective check. Every so often, the temptation returns to us all. It could be the Youtube video with the cool guy doing something really fast. It could be the competitive shooter running a stage. But the bug nibbles on your earlobe.

"Gooooooo fassssssterrrrr".

I have my opinions on this. I have read all the old time killers.  Askins was the quintessential killer. I read everything about him. I think we would have been the best of friends actually. I have read Jordan. He is reported to have done some killing but nothing of record that I can find.  And Bryce...he was quite the killer.  And I worked with a great many killers in the old days.

What all the killers shared as of the utmost importance was not speed.  What the killers shared was not blinding speed.  It was the ability to make a deliberate decision to kill that man standing there in front of them, diregarding whether that man be in the process of deciding what to do, drawing a weapon, or already have begun shooting.  And while that other man was still processing information, the hero in the story...the Bryces...the Askins, the Jordans, were already drawing with a resolute mind to kill them.

To put it in perspective for the modern speed-focused recreational shooter, imagine the referee saying, "Shooter Ready...stand..." and at the "stand"...before the "by", you kick off the action and kill all the targets. It would be unfair wouldn't it. All the other competitors would unleash their often-practiced whines of protest. And its true. It would in fact be against the rules.

But that my friends is what killing is like. 

Men that have done their share of killing bad guys always took every advantage.  If they could shoot the adversary in the back when they were reloading, they did. If they could shoot them before they even said word, they did.  It is about being deliberate.  And while the action is not at a leisurely tempo, success has much more to do with your timing than your speed.  Being deliberate, being in a good position, having the correct timing, and being accurate with your hits, is far more important than your one shot draw time or your split times, or any of that stuff the modern recreational shooters focus on.  Unfortunately, all of these important factors in winning the gunfight are not factors in competitive shooting.

So here is a secret. One that the modern, sport-focused, John-Wayne-Good-Guy-minded gun community will not understand.

While natural speed is of some value...it is never about timer-forced speed. Never!

It is about distraction.
It is about timing.
And it is about being deliberate in your actions and accurate in your shooting.

As Musashi would say, think on these matters deeply.