In this installment of our Getting Started in Competition Shooting series we’re going to discuss some skills and topics of discussion for different levels of competition. Things like managing your time and having your DOPE ready can really matter. Different stages are set up in different ways and some can be real time crunchers. There are places to save time and there are places newer shooters make errors. We’re going to discuss some of those. The idea being to prepare those of you interested in getting into competitive shooting for what you are likely to encounter!
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!
So with the first installment of this series we talked about the three different levels of competition and where to begin. In this installment I’m going to talk a little bit about the gear. Specifically, what items and equipment you need to get into each level of competition and have a good time. Excelling in different levels can have much different requirements. The idea behind this series of articles is to encourage new blood to get into long range shooting on a competitive level. So with that in mind I’m going to try and strike a balance between what you really need and what’s nice to have that makes your life a bit easier. Let’s get started!
So the focus of today’s article is going to be competition shooting. Specifically, how to get started and what some of the benefits can be! A lot of guys are interested in shooting in a match and getting started with competition shooting. Unfortunately, a lot of folks are also not sure what to expect at a match. They aren’t sure it’s going to be worth their time and there are some good reasons for wondering. The idea here is to talk about the different levels of competition and what goes on at the matches. This way anybody who’s interested in competing has a good sense of what to expect and what’s required to show up and get their feet wet!