Tips for Improving Shooting Skills
Unless someone is an expert on “Top Shot,” there is always room for improved shooting aim and accuracy. Whether someone shoots for hunting, competitive or tactical reasons, there are several ways for shooters to further develop their skills. Jumping Targets features helpful tips for novice, intermediate and advanced shooters alike.
- Prepare – While everyone wants to mimic a “Rambo” or “Die Hard” flick, the reality of becoming an accurate shot is slowing down, which greatly helps improve accuracy. This allows shooters to focus on their intended targets, sight their weapons and calmly pull the triggers. Time and again, shooters fail to realize that speed is the ultimate accuracy sacrifice. A helpful tip is practicing with a target. Starting at a close range, fire a single round. Try to maintain the same stance and empty the cartridge into the same hole. This is an extremely difficult exercise, which teaches advanced aim and accuracy. Expert shooters commonly refer to this exercise as a slow-fire drill. Continually increase distance to help improve accuracy.
- Dry Fire – Dry firing a weapon involves shooting a weapon without live ammunition. While some novice shooters consider this a boring drill, it helps teach shooters about their weapons, trigger control and aim. Before beginning this drill, it is imperative that all ammunition is unloaded. Consider going a step further and removing ammunition from the room where the dry firing exercise is being held. The benefit of dry fire is that there is no weapon recoil or noise, which allows shooters to become more familiar with the basic, standard elements of his or her choice weapon.
- Positions – Instead of always practicing in the same position or at the same immobile target, consider expanding practices to include a variety of shooting positions. Even if shooting for self-defense scenarios, it’s very unlikely that someone will be standing in the same exact position they practice in. It’s important to practice standing, hunching, sitting, kneeling or even exercise positions that are slightly outside standard comfort zones. This helps improve skills, while allowing shooters become more fluent and flexible for hunting, competition or self-defense scenarios.
- Routines – For people that are serious about becoming expert shooters, it’s important to make shooting a regular part of routines. Consider comprising regular practice of approximately 20% basic skill training, 50% to maintaining and honing shooting accuracy and 20% towards focusing on advanced or new shooting skills.
- Walking Away – It’s possible for anyone to have a tiring, exhausting day. When one of these days is in full swing, it’s best to just leave regular routines behind and refocus efforts on a more positive tomorrow.
Jumping Targets offers several outstanding, high quality steel shooting targets. These targets are made of durable AR500 steel, making them among the best moving targets on today’s current market.
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