6 Mistakes Untrained Shooters Make
Maybe you just bought a gun for the first time. Maybe you've never been taught how to shoot or the extent of your training has been, "point it at the target and pull the trigger." This article is a primer for new shooters, inexperienced shooters, untrained shooters, or anyone that wants to improve their shooting. It's just 6 simple things that you can improve that will noticeably increase your skill level. 1. They don't have a plan. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Too often new shooters go to the range, squeeze off a box or two of ammo praying to hit the bullseye and leave. There is no rhyme or reason, and they'll do the exact same thing next time they get to the range. Here's a simple solution. Start with 10 rounds and practice slow aimed fire. Pay attention to the fundamentals (stance, breath, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger squeeze, grip, and follow through) and shoot just one round at a time, trying to hit the target exactly where you want to. For the next 10 rounds, do the same thing, but start with the gun in the #3 position (for further reference on the #3 position, see this article: https://greyhive.com/articles/combative_pistol_use_part_2). Practice pushing the gun out, acquiring the sights and placing them onto the exact spot you want to hit with minimal movement after the gun settles on the target. For the next 20 rounds, practice controlled pairs. These don't need to be fast. The key word is controlled. Watch how your sights move when re-acquiring the target for the second shot. The muzzle should rise slightly when you fire and fall naturally back to your initial point of aim. If it doesn't, this means you're not following the fundamentals. For the last 10 rounds, practice from the draw or with your rifle hanging loose. If you have more than 50 rounds, practice on your weak points or an even better idea is to download a Baer Solutions target (https://baersolutionsllc.com/freetargets/), follow the directions given, and watch yourself improve because of your focused approach.