Chris Sajnog carrying a cabled pistol

Learn How To Shoot Without Spending a lot of Money

One of the top questions I get asked is how you can save money while learning to shoot. When it comes to firearms training and learning to shoot, it can get very expensive. Whether it’s going to the range, just driving to the range, buying ammunition, paying for range time, paying for instructors, or paying for bestselling books like Navy SEAL Shooting. Whatever it is, I’ve got five ways that you can learn how to shoot and how you can save money on it.

Learn How To Shoot

1. Learn to Shoot at Home

The number one way to save money is to learn to shoot at home. If you follow me, you know that I teach people to learn how to shoot at home on my membership site, and even through my books, you can learn to shoot at home. In fact, home is where you should learn to shoot because you’re going to save time and money by learning how to stand, how to grip the firearm, how to focus, and how to aim the gun. You can learn all of this without wasting time and money at the shooting range. I am here to save you money, people. So make sure you learn to shoot at home.

Chris Sajnog holding a pistol in front of the Navy SEALs

2. Plan Out Your Training

Money-saving tip number two is to plan out your training. Surprisingly enough, almost nobody plans out their training. They say, I’m going to go with this box of ammunition and my firearm to the range and I’m going to practice shooting. Do you see how vague that “plan” is? Be specific when you plan your shooting. Being vague is the hardest and longest path to ever learning anything in your life. So DO NOT do that. Write down your specific plan in a training notebook and then work the plan. This very simple tip will work miracles and it will also save you money.

3. Isolate Your Weaknesses

The number three way to save money learning to shoot is to isolate your weaknesses. Yes, I used the word weaknesses here, just so you understand, but I would rather you call them things that you can work on the most, the areas where you’re going to get the most improvement because you don’t want to be calling yourself weak, right? Maybe you’ll see the most improvement working on your grip, eyesight, or maybe your draw. As you’re practicing, isolate the things that you need to work on (it’s technically called weakness-bias training), and I want you to focus on what you can turn into your strengths. So what things can you make stronger? Get some grip exercisers for grip strength, or work on your eyesight with a front sight focus string. Find out what it is you need to work on and specifically work on those things. 

Chris aiming a cabled pistol in his belt in the training grounds

4. Use The Right Tools For The Job

Money-saving idea number four to learn how to shoot is using the right tools for the job. So what do I mean by that? Well, use airsoft guns when you don’t need to use an actual firearm and you’re going to save yourself a lot of money (think range, ammo, and time costs). Today’s airsoft guns and laser pistols are not what they were years ago. You will NOT be able to tell the difference in these firearms except in your wallet. If you’re working on your draw stroke, magazine reloads, or clearing malfunctions, you do not need to waste ammunition and you not need to waste money when you’re doing that. So make sure you’re using the right tools for the job.

5. Realize That You Are The Weapon

Number five, last but definitely not least, is to realize that YOU are the weapon and you need to train your mind. You know, firearms are just tools that you, the warrior, choose to use, and the way to get better at that, the way to get better at anything in your life, is to train your mind. I’ve got lots of other videos out there on how to do that, so I hope you check those out, but definitely make sure you’re training your mind before anything else.

Sometimes you just need to see the numbers, so I’ve put together a quick table showing my training program vs. a traditional live-fire shooting course. I think the bottom line speaks for itself here, right?

A table list of training program vs. traditional table

I hope you start using those five money-saving ideas to learn how to shoot and continue paving your path to perfection.

Chris Sajnog carrying a cabled pistol CTA


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