Not 5 minutes after I posted the Down Zero Challenge, I got an email from someone telling me that I had it all backwards and that speed > accuracy. Every now and this will crop up, and I don’t want anyone to think for even a second that I don’t think speed is very important; in fact I think that a balance of speed and accuracy is what’s needed to be successful in action pistol shooting.
But you cannot have speed without accuracy. There is no point in being able to rip your gun out of the holster and fire a shot in 0.8 seconds if you can’t get that shot to hit an 8 inch plate. If you take two shooters of equal speed and put them head to head, the most accurate shooter is going to win. And yes, the inverse is also true – if you take two shooters of equal accuracy the faster shooter will generally win, but then both those shooters have already reached the same standard of accuracy.
That’s why I wanted to try the Down Zero Challenge. I’m personally curious to see how fast I can shoot a match and still get all my hits in the -0 of every single target. I think it’s a worthwhile goal to push my accuracy, and at the same time continue to develop the critical speed needed to win matches.