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Well, the easy answer is to pull the trigger faster! And unfortunately, that’s what most “instructors” (please check background) will teach. Sure they’ll make stuff up about manipulating the trigger a certain way or having a better grip…so basically you’re saying…do better…to shoot faster?
Okay, you might have seen the “Vision and Aging” series and figured it was for old folks. To some extent, you were probably correct. Maybe you read them, and believe those vision problems are still decades away. Or perhaps you’ve begun to notice some of the problems covered in the articles. You might be wondering if…
OK, I’ll admit it. Convincing you that dry fire is more effective than going to the range is a tall order. How in the world could NOT firing a gun make you a better shooter? Well, I’m up to the challenge and to do it – I’m not even going to talk about dry fire!
Have you ever stopped to think about what your training for? If you ever expect to step into harms way, you may want to think about who you train for…
Follow-through is a term that most of us have heard from the first time anyone taught us about marksmanship fundamentals. But it is also one of the most neglected. Maybe because it’s last on every list that shooters assume it’s the least important, but neglecting the follow-through can negate all the steps you previously took to deliver an accurate shot. Follow-through simply means that you continue to apply all fundamentals of marksmanship after the weapon fires. A proper follow-through allows the weapon to deliver the round precisely on target and recoil in a natural and consistent manner. To follow-through in shooting, you need to do the following:
Right after the invention of rifling, sight alignment is the most important contribution to man to fire an accurate shot. Sight alignment and sight picture are two terms that are often used interchangeably and many times used as one and the same. It’s fine to put them together once they are both understood, but it is vital to know that they are two different and vary distinct things. Sight alignment has nothing to do with the target (well, besides hitting it) and I will be covering this relationship in the upcoming, The Fourth Habit of Highly Effective Shooters.
I remember being taught what many of you were likely also taught in regards to breathing as a marksmanship fundamental…to hold your breath. At the time it made sense. I was being told this by an instructor who shot better than me and who was running the course of instruction I was attending. I was in the military at the time and being taught by some of the best shooters in the world. Specifically I was told to, “Shoot during the Natural Respiratory Pause.” I did this for many years as a SEAL Sniper and never found any reason to question what I had learned.
No matter what weapon system we’re talking about or what shooting position; a solid shooting position is essential to good shooting. The more solid the position, the easier it is to hold the gun and control the trigger without disturbing the sight picture. Whether you’re shooting prone, kneeling, standing or any unconventional shooting position, you should have as much of your body directly behind the weapons as possible. You need to be able to drive the gun, and just like driving your car you should have the seat adjusted properly.
Navy SEALS are required to be experts in a variety of disciplines’ – shooting, demolition, Close Quarters Combat, skydiving, and SCUBA diving just to name a few. That’s a lot of stuff to keep in our heads, especially when we may not use some of these skills for months at a time due to deployments or training in the other areas. To accomplish this task we’ve learned to keep logbooks to document the details needed to successfully employ these skills when the need arises.