So we’ve talked a lot about positional shooting lately. Especially, as I’ve been preparing for my first national level match in a while. We’ve talked about the importance of dry fire. What we haven’t done much of is talk about positional shooting itself. What positions are commonly encountered? Which sort of props or obstacles you might be likely to encounter at a match? How do you approach them? These are all topics that will take some time to hash out. So this will be another multi part series! For this week, we’re just going to get started!
Maybe a confusing title, but I think you’ll understand what I mean when I say consistent frequency improves shooter performance by the end of the article. In essence I’m highlighting what we already know. Shooting is a perishable skill. A certain level of shooter performance and proficiency is attainable. That is to say that once you learn how to do some things you won’t forget. So you will never go back to square one. However, how good you are at the skill sets you’ve attained is in flux. This article is about recognizing that skill falloff and some ways to prevent it.
This week’s topic of discussion is going to center on observing impacts, not watching them! In other words as you go out and shoot you should be actively engaged in observing the results. Don’t fall into a sort of lull where you just hammer away at a target. Try to watch where the rounds land. Hit or miss is irrelevant. Watch where the impact falls and adjust. Do what is necessary to center your hits on the target. We often enjoy the experience of hitting a target so much we just repeat the last shot. Then we get to enjoy the triumphant sensation of a hit again. Ask yourself where your shot landed! Maybe you should increase or decrease your hold or elevation, consider all of it!
Scope reticle choices are numerous today. This week we want to discuss some of the different features that are out there. We also want to discuss a trend that we’re seeing and why it’s a good one. The reason for this should be fairly straight forward. A scope reticle is a very personal choice to make. In all honesty it can be even more important than the brand of scope you buy. What I mean is which scope reticle choices are available can actually drive sales of a given scope brand.
Today I’m going to talk a bit about wind meters and why they’re a necessary tool for the precision shooter. I see this question a bunch, especially among newer shooters; what do I need first? You can do a lot in this game without spending crazy money, especially in the beginning. However, you really need to have a wind meter as you get started and throughout your journey into precision shooting. The main reason why is because trying to guesstimate the wind speed based on what you see and feel is just that…a guess. In order to learn and to calibrate your senses to what that means in terms of wind speed you need a wind meter. The technical term is anemometer. What we mean is a device that measures wind speed.