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brownie: (over my shoulder) how's it going?...looks like youve got it...
me: this **** really works...
brownie: see that hole you just put in the target right above the 7?...put another one in the same hole...
me: you friggin nuts?...
brownie: just do it...
me: (raise gun and boom...siamesed the original hole)...holy ****...i did it...
brownie: i told you...youve got it...
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brownie: (over my shoulder) how's it going?...looks like youve got it...
me: this **** really works...
brownie: see that hole you just put in the target right above the 7?...put another one in the same hole...
me: you friggin nuts?...
brownie: just do it...
me: (raise gun and boom...siamesed the original hole)...holy ****...i did it...
brownie: i told you...youve got it...
:D
And that’s the way it goes.

You don’t know what you don’t know; until you do, and it IS an epiphany!

Then it becomes “they don’t know what they don’t know;” and often they’re the first to tell everyone they can that “you must use the sights to hit anything,” and refuse to believe anyone who knows better...
 

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Same here. It was evident within about 15 min that I didn't know what I didn't know when he had me hitting BBs with BBs, cutting blades of grass, and then the rest of that first course over a long weekend went the same with rifles, pistols, and shotguns. However, what brownie showed me I could really do with a pistol was most enlightening. The second time through the course was even better. I'm eternally grateful for brownie showing me what I didn't know that I didn't know then and will now never forget! (y)
 

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We had a long run with the Florida courses, one of the highlights of my world, to have passed the knowledge to so many others. Paying it forward in honor of Bobby Lamar McDaniel and WerBell III was something I'd have never dreamed possible. Just a conduit from mentors to others and it was only possible because students had an open mind and stepped up to the plate.

Thanks for the memories, Tom, what you recited will always be one of the highlights of the courses for me. That light bulb going off in you at that very moment was priceless.

I started this venture at 52, and there's a few around the country that have advanced most of the skills for about the same time, but we're all now getting older, and the number still holding court on the skills that CAN impart them properly has dwindled down to just a few. In the next couple of years, there may be no one advancing them to others. That will be history repeating itself, unfortunately.

To the students who've passed through my guidance, the best thing you could do is pass what you know to as many as are willing to listen. A few of us took up where the real mentors left off, now it's up to others to take it up where people like a few of us who trained with the masters have left off.
 

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I still treasure the memories from the Rifle Quick Kill course. hitting BBs with freaking BBs was, well it was mindblowing after the fact. in the midst of the situation there was only time for the shocked face, followed up by shat eating grin followed up by hitting more BBs. and the piece de resistance...... Tears of the Sun maneuver. Good times sir!!!! Forever thankful for that weekend
 

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The grin on both of you in that picture has to be a direct result of the light bulbs going off and the understanding that people have always made making hits seem so complicated? :eek:
the wife is blown away when i drop an unwanted visitor off the cage screen without putting a hole in the screen and no sights...
 

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the wife is blown away when i drop an unwanted visitor off the cage screen without putting a hole in the screen and no sights...
I'm still practicing once a month or so in the back yard with the red ryder. It's a stress reliever of sorts, and it keeps the skills sharp.
 

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Brownie, you have no idea how much I enjoyed the handgun and H2H training. As many have said, it’s been eye opening and mind opening to say the least. I will always treasure the full-day one-on-one H2H training at your home in AZ. The extras you threw in like the mind blowing stories of your adventures, QK with the BB gun, disarms and seeing some of the goodies you own.

With that said, this thread is beginning to sound like a eulogy. I’m hopeful we will be able to train again soon. You still have much to teach and we still have much to learn.

Jose
 
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