You may have finally decided to start shooting practice. Either it can be to make a career out of this sport or as a hobby. Whatever it is, you can take it to a higher level and become a great shooter. But the question is how to become a ‘great’ shooter from an ‘ordinary’ one. The answer to this lies in how serious you are about this sport and the amount of time you put to practice it.
Understanding the basics
According to the certified trainers at the Number 1 Shooting Academy In Noida, shooting does take much more than mere knowledge of guns. Rather, you need to have an in-depth understanding of the basics concerning marksmanship. Without practicing the fundamentals, it will be tough for any person to become a ‘great’ shooter. The truth is very few are born with inborn skills while the rest acquire through sincerity, dedication, and lots of practice. So what should you do?
Vital basics to know about
- Grip: It applies to both long guns and handguns. Your holding of the gun determines your ability in managing the recoil. Similarly, how quickly you manage to fire several well-aimed shots determines your recoiling ability. In case you fail to use skeletal and muscular grip alignment, then you are simply not up to your maximum potential. Again high thumbs forwards refer to the high axis concerning momentum while thumbs forwards suggest the target.
- Platform/Stance: This is rather a primary aspect that most instructors tend to focus upon as it is quite simple to perform. You just need to place your feet properly in a manner to manage recoil. At the same time, gun cycling should not knock you down. Although surprising as it might appear, your left hits are not likely to determine anything. ‘Platform or Stance’ is favored as the gun is not always fired in a shooting stance.
- Sight Picture/Alignment: Both are rather combined together as properly aligned sights do not mean you lack the knowledge to place them correctly on the target. Sight alignment can be termed to be a front sight that is viewed over the rear sight using iron pistol sights. They are spaced equally and evenly across the top. Rather, sight pictures can be termed to be properly aligned sights that are placed appropriately on the desired targets.
- Presentation/Draw: This basic step ensures the weapon is kept in a plane of vision that is right between the target and your eyes. This should be done efficiently and very quickly possible. Presentation and draw include your initial grip movement of the weapon including dealing with essential retention devices present on its holsters. It is not just about pointing the weapon at the set target. Here, the drawing process is not 1-2-3-4-5. Initial teachings might involve such steps, however, the key here is fluid motion.
- Breathing: Action-style shooting and breathing are not related to one another. Rather, in action shooting, you need to breathe deeply to focus on the set task and reduce stress. It is sure to boost your overall performance. Do understand that precision shooting needs you to proper focusing on the target. A better way to remember the same will be to follow the traditional military BRASS-F, namely, “Breathe; Aim; Stop, Squeeze and Follow-through’.
- Trigger management: It is also referred to as trigger control or trigger press. It involves pressing steady pressure rearward without disturbing sight pictures or alignment in any manner before firing the round. It simply does not matter if it is done slowly or quickly. Instead, the trigger should be managed in a way that is based on target distance and size. You need to be aware of the target distance, size, and time available.
Other factors to consider
Besides the above, do take into account other basic steps like follow-through and recovery. The experienced trainers at the academy will show you the steps that you need to practice properly and regularly to become a great shooter.