A quote: “If you can’t explain something so that an eight year old could understand it, you don’t really understand it either.” In the shooting community, especially online there are a considerable number of people who like to take extremely simple topics and make them complicated. For example, in the Revolver physics post I intentionally used very simple math to illustrate the topic. The comments on that post are filled with nerds explaining the actual physics of the reaction, which is great and everything but also completely pointless.
Here’s what the average shooter needs to understand out of that post: heavy bullets have a higher POI for a given type of fixed sights than faster, lighter bullets. If you want to know why, the simple answer is because a slow bullet takes longer to leave the barrel, and recoil will have moved the barrel just enough to make a difference. It’s simple, straightforward, and anyone with the most basic understand of guns will get it.
But we love to take a simple concept and make it complicated, because it gives us a chance to
flex our egos sound smart on the internet. We do this with shooting a lot as well. Here’s the thing – the act of shooting isn’t complicated. You line up the sights, then press the trigger to the rear without disturbing the sights. Piece of cake.
Things do get a little more complicated when you start introducing other things, like movement, reloads, multiple fast shots, but ultimately they’re still just parts of the fundamentals. Grip, stance, sights. There are no advanced shooting techniques – there are only the fundamentals executed faster and more accurately than the other guy. That’s it. No ninjer secrets to learn from tatted up faux-warriors teaching you their secret brand of kung fu. Here’s a fun fact: every single advancement we’ve had in shooting techniques since Jeff Cooper invented the Modern Technique has come from a better understanding of human kinetics. We went from Weaver to Iso because we learned that the body works better when you’re not using push-pull tension.
Keeping it simple makes the sport more accessible to newbies. Yes, there is a time and place for people with Aspergers to talk about spring rates, material hardness, and how recoil is really just acceleration in two directions, but it’s important to remember your audience. If everyone around you is wearing pocket protectors, by all means break out the graphing calculators. Otherwise, keep it simple and keep it accessible.