Why Fight What Comes Naturally : Daring & Dauntless

Why Fight What Comes Naturally

by Jennifer Nagy on 01/25/12

Why do I fight the things that come naturally?  Maybe it's because I was born a fighter of all things that should be easy.  Maybe I'm just a tad to stubborn.  Maybe it's that rebellious streak that's been around for as long as I can remember, fighting the notion that some things I just can't do.  I should probably learn to take my own advice.  You see in every firearms course that I teach, I tell my students they need to find the gun they are comfortable with, the one that fits well in their hand, allowing them a proper grip and fingers that can reach the trigger comfortably.  In our course, we provide ten different handguns for our students to try so each person can at least get an idea of what works for them and what feels the most natural in their hands.  If you train hard enough you can learn to shoot anything, but it seems to me that for each person there will always be that one firearm model that just comes naturally the one that allows you to just relax and shoot. 


Knowing all of the above I still fight my own basic instinct of the right gun for me, the 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.  I can't explain exactly how it feels when I hold a 1911, but every time I pick one up... I feel it.  It's a lack of effort, a oneness with the gun; I don't have to think about proper grip, stance, or breathing.  The gun just becomes a natural extension of my hand which allows me to relax and do what comes naturally.  Almost like magic, my shots hit where I want them to, all in a nice little group.  Perhaps it is because the first gun I ever picked out and purchased for myself was a Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 chambered in .45 ACP, or because a 1911 was the first hand gun I learned to field strip and reassemble.  I can't say for sure but I can say that everything about a well built 1911 just draws me in and speaks to me.  The fact is, it's a mystery to me why I can shoot like that with a 1911 but not always with other gun models.  I know it's not the accuracy of the other firearms because I know how accurate the others can be; they are all good solid shooting firearms.  It's something within me and so I fight it, I fight against what feels natural for a hundred different reasons.  I argue that if I can shoot a 1911 that way then I should be able to shoot the Glock that way or my Smith and Wesson M&P 9c.  I argue that 9mm ammunition is cheaper so it makes more sense to practice with it.  I argue that I am an instructor so I should be able to pick up any gun and do well.  I have heard it time and again from my husband, friends and fellow instructors who have seen me shoot a 1911; "Why are you trying to qualify with that gun (fill in the blank with gun of the day) when you can shoot a 1911 .45 like that".  In the end it boils down to sheer stubbornness; a desire to master something difficult, to prove to myself that I can shoot the other models as well if not better than the 1911.  Today, though, is one of those days when I find myself asking "Why do I fight so hard against what comes naturally to me? Why not just do as I teach?"  Does this mean I have decided to give up on mastering the M&P or the Glock?  Absolutely not! Giving up on such a challenge would not be what comes natural to me. It would go against every rebellious cell in my body.  What it does mean is that I will concede to all who keep saying it; that the 1911 just might be the best gun for me. 


There are a lot of great firearms on the market and not everyone's experience will be the same.  Personal choice of firearms certainly will not be the same for every individual. After all, I have talked to plenty of people who hate the 1911.  However, for me personally, the only other gun I've ever felt this connection with is my Smith & Wesson Model 14 K-frame revolver.  It holds a different type of connection for me but a connection nonetheless.  This gun was passed down to me from my dad and when I shoot it I almost feel him beside me coaching me.  It's my comfort gun, the one I go back to when I'm having a frustrating day at the range.  It puts me back on target, it builds my confidence; it somehow seems to channel the energy and voice of my father.  I wish everyone could own at least one gun that has that effect.  So what is you weapon of choice?




Comments (1)

1. Scott Nagy said on 1/25/12 - 11:35AM
I am proud of you and your achievments, your determination, is what makes you who you are. As for MY pistol of choice...I too find the 1911 platform the Best Pistol for me, but as you know, I am a rifleman first. So the Best weapon for me is The British .303 SMLE. My 'Ol Brit, I rebuilt from a 1915 basket case rifle, I have never had a weapon speak to me as this one dose. Store bought firearms are nice, but to take something broken, left behind, forgotten, and passed up for newer weapons with fancy names is what I do. This rifle is special to me, it is not the newest, greatest, or even most accurate rifle out there, but to me it fits. I know every line, screw, ding, and scratch on it. I refinished it with my own hands, learning as I went of it's details, weakness, and strengths. Shooting is about finding something you are comfortable with, that you can "Feel" but every once in awhile, a gun will find you. You can not put it into words, only the smile on your face, and the feeling you get can do it justice. I am pleased to see this blog, shooting has taught us both more than just saftey, skills, and marksmanship, it has taught about our selves, our weakness, and strengths. Scott Nagy.

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About Me:

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother of 3 gloriously rambunctious boys, and an NRA  Certified Pistol Instructor. I love the outdoors, salt-water fishing, scuba-diving, and spending the day at the range.  I am passionate about firearms and self-defense and about sharing this passion with others.

My father introduced me to firearms when I was a young girl. We lived in a small county with a gun range next door  to our house; in other words, that was the norm.....I thought everybody owned and shot firearms.  As an adult there was always a gun in my home for personal protection and I still enjoyed target shooting however it was not something in which I invested a lot of time or thought. That changed in 2003 when I met my husband Scott; his passion for weapons and his desire to one day own his own business quickly rubbed off on me and we now spend hours together at the range.

In 2008 I obtained my Concealed Weapon License and began searching the internet for information on concealment methods that work best for females.  The lack of information available at that time fueled my desire to become an instructor and provide information to other shooters.  It is my goal to never stop learning, to continue advancing my own knowledge and training so that I can pass that training on to others.