Dan Schindler's Blog
If I'd Only Known Back Then...
05/18/2019
If I'd Only Known Back Then...

“It ain't what we don't know that gets us in trouble. It’s what we know for sure that just ain't so.”It was the early 1980’s. Hummelstown Field & Stream (HFS) was a small gun club in Hummelstown PA offering one Trap range and a 100-yard rifle range. I was there when an unknown game called Sporting Clays came to the US and HFS purchased a few manual trap machines. A 50 bird Sporting Clays course was born and open to the public on Sundays. Once the word got out, not only was the small parking lot full by 8:30 AM but there were no vacant spaces on either side of the long winding driveway. Lucky if we got to shoot the course twice that day, when I wasn’t ...

What are you fighting in the Shooting Box?
05/08/2019
If I'd Only Known Back Then...

Maybe it's time we take a slightly different look at what's affecting our performance in the shooting box? We're not talking about the gun, strategies, the shooting methods, or gun management. Here we're talking about what we think and feel in the box, why, and whether or not we have any say in how we respond to that. I'm sharing one of my favorite stories that is filled with crucial life lessons: Cherokee WisdomThe Battle of Two Wolves One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a "battle" that goes on inside people.He said: "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' One wolf is SELF-CENTERED....It is anger, envy, jealousy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, ...

Shooter: X Bully: 0
05/04/2019
If I'd Only Known Back Then...

Humbled by the scores of teaching opportunities presented to me over the decades, I’ve come to realize how a few simple solutions answer so many student questions. By simple, I’m not implying the solutions are easy. I am saying, the solutions are not complicated and don’t need to be. Here’s a good example.Problems typically arise when we attempt to use our skills under pressure. Once distracted – the bully has come into the box with us, a.k.a. fear. A trillion words have been written on how to manage pressure so let’s take a look at the cliff notesA few words on fear…Every time a shooter faces fear – what he/she is really facing are the ...

The Story of Simon
04/20/2019
If I'd Only Known Back Then...

The story goes like this…Simon’s been at the local tavern a little too long. It’s well after midnight and he’s definitely had a few too many. A storm is brewing and the walk home with his lantern will be a long one. Gloves on, Simon tightens his coat. The narrow path that leads down the mountain will be alongside a few steep cliffs.Shoving off into the wind, the rain pelts against him like a grudge. Head down, weaving, he stops for a moment to steady himself against the cliff wall on his left. As he gathers himself before taking his next step, his lantern sputters and dies. Fighting darkness and too many brews, his foot slips and a wave of dizziness tilts him over ...

X - The Miracle Medicine
04/06/2019
If I'd Only Known Back Then...

"If we do not face our fears, they will rule us forever."~ Cheryl SchindlerA few years back, my wife Cheryl contacted a local organization that helped older foster children get adopted, about helping their youngsters overcome their fear of guns. You can imagine the initial resistance as the only experiences the social workers and youngsters had about guns was 100% negative. We’d all have that view if all we’d been exposed to were gang activities, family members or friends bleeding from gunshot wounds or worse…dead. One of their youngsters had a friend die in her arms after being shot.With a big fundraiser coming up in Greenville, SC, we invited the Director to attend the ...