How To Improve Your Shooting Skills
Written by Priotosh Karmakar,
in Section Safety And Education
Everything needs a substantial amount of practice to perfect it, be it cooking, golfing, swimming, tennis, etc. It does not really matter what. As the old saying goes; “Practice makes perfect.” Hence it goes without saying that the sport or art of shooting is something that requires years of practice and dedication to it as well. This may seem like a turn off for amateurs who have just gotten involved in the world of shooting or hunting, but hey, this does not mean that you cannot start small and learn the way of the rope little by little. In fact, this article is going to help you with just that.
You may not be able to become the best hunter or shooter out there within a short span of a week, but you will definitely see some improvements in your shooting game if you follow the tips and advices that will be enlisted in this article here today. So without further ado, read on to get to know some of the ways in which you can improve your shooting skills. Happy reading!
Get The Hang Of It
To put it in a simple and easy to understand way, familiarize yourself with your gun or pistol at first. There is no way to stress enough on how important it is to get to know your equipment before you actually make use of it in a professional or competitive way. This goes without saying that your choice of equipment must feel comfortable in your hands while holding it. If it is too small or too large, you are obviously going to have a hard time dealing with the pressure on it.
On top of that, this may increase chances of you losing your grip on the equipment itself. So unless you want to lose sight of your buck in a hunting zone or miss the bulls-eye in a competitive arena, it is better if you invest some time and effort into finding the right pistol or rifle for your built. If you can somehow get your equipment custom made, then even better!
Slow And Steady
If you are someone who is taking up shooting for a competition, the last thing you want to do is slow down. I mean why should you, right? What you should be doing instead is try to one up your opponent. However, even though that should be your main concern, you might want to slow down instead of just trying to be quicker and swifter than your fellow competitors. The reason for this is because the faster you want to be, the more inaccurate your shot will get. If your bulls-eye is a rotating one, slow down and take some time to find the pattern of it first.
Chances are that your opponents are trying to just take down one board after the other without taking up accuracy much into consideration. What you should actually do is be calm, focus on the center and the way the boards come and go, then slowly make your move from there. Note that this does not mean you are going to shoot at a snail’s pace, not at all! Once you get your trigger control figured out and aims in place, feel free to fasten up your pace from that point on.
Practice At A Range
This is very necessary! As much as practicing dry firing at home may seem like a less stressful and relaxed alternative, it is very important for you to practice firing at a real range even if it does not have all the facilities a professional one would have. A range is always going to be much better than your own home because most of the times you will not have to worry about hitting someone by accident at all. This way you can be worry free while shooting at your own pace. On top of that, even if your local neighborhood range is not all that high end and fancy as a professional one, it will still have the basic facilities you could definitely make good use of.
Let Go Of The Bench
This mainly goes out to rifle shooters in small groups. Yes, having a bench to use your rifle with does seem like a very good way to learn how to balance yourself and your rifle to take proper shots. But, if you think of it this way, it’s kind of like being used to riding a bicycle with training wheels.On top of that, if you really want to improve your shooting skills you will need to learn how to take shots from different angles and/or positions. A bench sort of obstructs that from happening.
Try to get into new positions such as kneeling, sitting, squatting, etc for every new shot. This way you can also learn which position you operate best in and also get a new perspective on your overall aim. Also, make sure to make a proper evaluation of your aim and the distance without sugar coating it just for the moment. If you really want to improve your shooting skills, you need to be honest in evaluation and also take healthy criticism from your peers or instructors.
Take A Break
Maybe you have been following all the tips and advices you have been reading on various different articles but even after all that research and long hours spent practicing, you do not see any good results at the end of the process.This does not mean that you are a bad shooter. Like everything, shooting needs time. But you need to know when to stop for the day. Instead of getting stressed out, notice where you went wrong and start off from that the next time you practice.
It takes a lot of effort and dedication to get the hang of shooting like a pro, but even then you will find some new issue. And that’s okay. You have an entire lifetime for improvement.
We hope you had fun reading this article and that it helped you out in some way. Continue practicing diligently and one day maybe you will be the one advising a newbie on how to improve their shooting skills instead!