Shooting a weapon is easy. Shot, hit, or slip … Slip is always a nuisance; in some hunting clubs you may be loosened by the hem of a shirt, in order to show your negative attitude towards your blunders. But all is not so scary, and the grief can be helped. The ability to shoot well does not come by itself, just as there is no one solution that can instantly turn a loser into a shooting champion. The speed and accuracy of shooting depends, first of all, on the correct performance of a number of basic things. And those, in turn, from the constant and effective training. So – or read further our tips on how to improve your shooting skills from rifles (rifle) as well shotgun (shotgun) and even the gun (handgun), memorize and put into practice, or … buy a few shirts for the future.
How to improve your rifle shooting skills?
Follow these rules:
1. Learn to shoot offhand and from the knee
The man who taught me almost everything I know about in terms of weapons used to say: “Learn to shoot standing up like a Man.” Experienced “field” arrows never shoot without preparation, if there is such an opportunity. But they can do without it …
In the course of training, I burned about 80% of the cartridges that way, offhand.
Many experienced shooters prefer the sitting position to the shooting position from the knee. But I found that this method often makes it difficult to shoot in the underbrush or in a field with tall grass. Moving to the rack “from the knee” solves the problem.
2. Make sure the rifle is working
Every year thousands of hunters get frustrated with untested and scrubbed rifles – and “wind up fishing rods”. The cartridge does not want to be fed from the magazine, the magazine cover is detachable at the most inopportune moment, the fuse clicks incredibly loud, the trigger is not pressed, the sight is fidgeted, the scope itself is loose in the rings, the screws are turned out, the uncleaned or broken cartridge chamber is holding the cartridge case dead. Sadly …
If you are not sure about your gunsmith skills, then give the rifle to a specialist and ask to bring everything to mind. It is advisable – not a week before the opening, but earlier.
3. Participate in shooting competitions
As my friend G. Sitton used to say: “The best shooters I know have reptile nerves.” The best way to imitate stress when hunting for a large and dangerous animal is shooting at competitions. It does not matter what level … You just have to put yourself in a situation where you can experience the joy of victory and the horror of defeat. I note that the horror of defeat is a much stronger factor than the joy of victory. Try to compete often enough so that it becomes a habit, like going to work.
4. Do not feel sorry for the cartridges.
It is impossible to acquire any “physical” skill without training. Shooting is just such a skill. If you do not burn even 100 rounds per year in training, then this is self-deception.
Cool shooters burn a couple thousand bullets per year, or even more. Those who are seriously puzzled by such a problem are buying “small box” as a training substitute for their rifle. Then a box of .22 cartridges is bought (500 pieces) – and go ahead to the workout!
5. Learn to aim fast
Finding a target in a telescopic sight is a problem for many hunters, which is further aggravated by the fashion for sights, which are more suitable for astronomical observations than for hunting. To quickly point to the “object”, set the multiplicity of 4 or more, do not touch the adjustment. When you do an applet, try to do it more or less horizontally, as if on the same level. Do not try to aim first at the sky, and then lower the barrel to the level of the target. Keep both eyes open, and through multiple idle “shots”, develop the habit of pulling the trigger as soon as the crosshair falls on the target.
6. Learn to make a mark.
Every shooter deserving even the slightest attention can tell you where the shot just fired will fall. This is one of the skills you will need and the way in which you can acquire multiple idle “shots” and focus on the position of the aiming mark at the time of the “shot”.
After you have worked it out idle, go to normal ammunition, and continue to mark EVERY shot.
7. Shooting lessons
No one is born with a weapon in hand. So silence your own pride, and take a few shooting lessons from a qualified instructor.
When you choose an instructor, immediately tell him that winning a skete-ladder competition does not interest you. Explain that you just want to shoot and successfully hit a boron / waterfowl. Prices for the services of an instructor can vary widely. So it makes sense to consider this item of expenditure when purchasing a shotgun. Remember – it’s not the guns that shoot well, but the people!
Practice the weapon rack at home in front of the mirror. The gun must be unloaded!
Start from the “readiness” position – stand right in front of the mirror, the gun is more or less horizontal, butt slightly lower than the level of the forearm. Concentrate on the reflection of your right (if you’re right-handed) eyes in the mirror. Trying to keep your head in a stillness, raise your gun smoothly to the cheekbone, transferring the weight of the body forward, on the left leg. Then bring your right shoulder forward, all the way to the butt plate.
If everything is done correctly, then you will see a reflection of the right eye right over the front sight. At first, do not pay attention to the speed of execution. Try to do everything smoothly. The speed will come by itself, with experience. The main point of this is to keep BOTH eyes open, to raise the gun to the shoulder, and not to pull the neck to the butt. It makes sense to start with 10-20 reps per set. If time permits, work the rack 100-200 times a day.
9. Beat little plates
It makes no sense to run to the stand on the eve of the opening of the season, and try to “practice” the day before. It is much more useful to make it a rule to fulfill the rate of 50-75 plates per week, regardless of how much time is left before the opening …
Ask your buddy to throw plates at your leisure. For a change, you can try to shoot both with the butt in your shoulder and without it. The latter is more like a real situation on the hunt. Do not bother with the score downed “dishes”; After all, you train not for competition in trap shooting, but for yourself. Do not be afraid to ask advice from more experienced shooters, as a rule, they are very friendly people, and with what they can, they will help, they will prompt.
10. Check the bout gun
Are you sure that the gun shoots exactly where you are aiming?
Draw a triangle with a side of about 75 mm on a sheet of 1×1 m … Then choose the cartridges with which you are going to shoot. From a distance of 18 m, sighting, make a shot at the base of the triangle. Change the target, and repeat the procedure three times. If the center of the scree does not coincide with the triangle, then something is wrong with the gun. It makes sense to show the shotgun and the shot targets to a skilled gunsmith; It is fixable.
Try to vary the choke, for example, shoot a half-shot instead of a full choke, or even with a choke 0.25. The reason for failures may lie in the wrong bed for you. Most hunters fit standard lodges mounted on rifles. The stock of suitable length provides comfortable and easy shooting. A skilled gunsmith will be able to help fit any “tree” to your physique.
11. Eye training
Experienced shooters are able to quickly single out one bird from a whole flock, and keep their attention on it (the bird). Even more experienced emit a bird, and concentrate on its “beak” (or the area near it)! Such exercises improve vision. Like any other muscles, eyes, too, are amenable to training. When you are shooting at the skeet, do not try to concentrate on the whole plate, but learn to focus on the leading edge of the dish. Try to concentrate on the beak of a dove taking off! Walking down the street, at an opportunity, make a visual “leash” of a pigeon, a crow, a goose, concentrating attention on the area of the beak. If no one is looking at you at this moment, you can point your finger at the “object” and say quietly “bbah!”.
By David Petzel, OUTDOOR Life
Translation – KirSanych