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Shooter Consistency – Name of the Game

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We talk a lot about shooter consistency on this website and for good reason. Shooter consistency is really the name of the game when it comes to long range precision marksmanship. The reason for that has to do with elimination of variables, or a more fun way of saying, “Bettering my chances of a hit!” There are a lot of those variables that come into play depending on how far away the target is from the shooter. Things like varying wind speeds, temperature changes, consistency of the shooter’s ammunition, the amount of ranging error when you hit the target with a laser range finder, etc.

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Breathing – Marksmanship Fundamental

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Breathing gets a lot of attention when people want to learn how to shoot farther than most people think is possible. It is important as a fundamental of marksmanship but it is actually a lot simpler to do properly than some of the other fundamentals. All you really need to do as a new shooter learning how to shoot long range with regard to breathing is adopt a method of breathing that allows for consistency, and break your shot at the same point in the breathing cycle. Sounds easy, right? It is! The problem is the ‘grandpappy’ methods that a lot of people learn growing up.

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Sight Picture – Marksmanship Fundamental

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Another of the fundamentals that I find myself trying to explain and fix with friends that I’m showing how to shoot a bit farther away than they are used to is Sight Picture. While easily defined, it can be a little tricky to practice properly for a newer shooter. Sight Picture is just what it sounds like. The picture you see through the scope, optic, or sights which typically includes varying amounts of the area around the target, the target itself, and the sights or reticle of the rifle you are using indicating to you where the gun is aimed. A number of concepts come into play with this so I will try to explain each clearly so a newer shooter can get a good grasp of what’s going on.

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Natural Point of Aim

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In an effort to give people some information on how better to attain the maximum accuracy for their shooting system we will address some of the fundamentals individually to make sure newer shooters have a good grasp of the basics. One of the most important, is Natural Point of Aim or NPA. Put simply, this is the place in space where your crosshairs naturally fall after you lay down behind a rifle, kneel with one, or set up some kind of barricade shot. Natural point of aim is where the gun and shooter wind up aiming by default.

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Long Range Shooting – Gear for Matches

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So, you are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about and attending your first tactical rifle match? That’s excellent! First off, pat yourself on the back. Competition can be a little nerve racking but it’s also a ton of fun and nothing will advance you as a shooter faster than a competitive environment. You will quickly discover what gear works, what gear doesn’t, and where you do and don’t need practice with regard to your long range marksmanship skills.