In this posting we’re going to discuss the proper terminology for wind calls. Newer shooters are often eager to get into learning the wind and there is some misinformation out there. As a result we have newer shooters using the wrong terms or incorrectly communicating with their spotter or the shooter they are spotting for. The goal of this article is going to be the proper communication and terminology to use when describing what we see happening with the wind. The idea is that by all using the right terms and communicating what we see based on the same set of ground rules that we can eliminate some of the errors between shooters when trying to help each other out with what’s happening down range.
What we are describing here is the choice between physically dialing a windage adjustment in by physically moving the windage turret and using a hold off for wind. Hold offs are another term for Kentucky Windage. The process is fairly simple and most people do it instinctively if they are able to observe a shot and how far they miss the target. Rather than aim dead center of a bulls eye with your sights lets say you noticed that you missed by six inches off to your left. You can then hold off six inches to the right, so the center of the bulls eye is no longer the point of aim, but when you fire the additional round you score a hit.