Steel Shooting Targets Tips

Jumping Targets helps shooters successfully learn how to accurately aim and pull the trigger. Discharging a firearm involves several important, yet basic techniques.

  • The shooter should hold the gun firmly, using a proper grip.
  • If using metal spinning targets or paper targets, align the sights within the crosshairs.
  • Carefully place the center of the trigger finger’s first pad on the trigger.
  • Slowly begin pressing the trigger smoothly without making any other movements.
  • Once the trigger has enough pressure, the firing pin will active and the gun will fire.

The mistake that first-time shooters make is when they pull the trigger, they flinch or jerk a second before they fire the gun. This makes the bullet head upward, not hitting the intended target. Dedicated shooters will spend hours perfecting their trigger pulls, carefully aiming and slowly pulling the trigger.

The shooter’s shooting stance often varies by physical surroundings and conditions.

  • Arms – Arms require full extension, but do not need to be in a locked position. Shoulders should be relaxed but extended.
  • Leg and Foot Position – There are two main types of leg and foot positions, but knees can remain either bent or locked.
    • Side-to-side – Legs and feet should be hip-distance apart, with each foot remaining stable, yet comfortable.
    • Front-to-back – The strong-hand side leg faces rearward, ahead of the weaker leg by approximately 12 to 18 inches. The distance will vary depending upon the shooter’s weight, balance and strength.
  • Body Position – Never bend backwards at the shoulder, hip or waist area. Shoulders should have a free range of forward motion at the hips. The torso should lean slightly forward at the waist.
  • Balance – Body weight needs to counteract the kick of the gun. This prepares the body for the force of the gun recoiling. A gun should never push the shooter back so far that he/she becomes unbalanced. If this does occur, move the body position forward to help regain balance.
  • Grip – Hold the gun tightly, because slippage can be disastrous if the shooter is not prepared for recoil when the gun fires.

Sight adjustment is very important and is composed of two significant components.

  • Alignment – This provides an exact location where the gun will shoot when fired.
  • Adjustments – To help hone in the exact target, adjust the sight to regulate the exact point of impact.


Jumping Targets offers a superior array of AR 500 targets, which are easily a class above any other types of metal shooting targets. These types of moving targets make it easy for shooters to practice using their guns, getting used to recoil, shooting position and much more.




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