Precision Rifle Competition Preparation is going to be this week’s topic of discussion. It’s no coincidence that I’m headed to Arizona this week for the Owen’s Armory Sickness for Distance match at Gunsite. It’s part of the first season of matches in the National Rifle League. Often some of these articles are inspired by what I’m doing in our great sport at the time. As I’m getting ready for a match there are some things I like to do to prepare. It sounded like the makings of a decent article. There are plenty of questions about what to do with regard to precision rifle competition preparation. We’ll discuss some of those now!
Hey everyone it’s your favorite Langobard from the Lands of the North again. It’s confession time. There’s something I’ve been keeping from all of you. It’s important considering our subject material here at Accuracy-Tech. Are we ready for this? Here it goes. Until recently I had never shot in a …
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!
So this week I wanted to talk a little about magnification level and target transitions. In other words, what magnification levels are conducive to shooting and how does it affect your ability to transition targets? I also wanted to discuss magnification levels in general as it’s often misunderstood. Plenty of people think that the higher the magnification level the more detail you can see and the better off you are. That isn’t always the case! Especially if you are in some sort of dynamic shooting environment and need to transition between targets or have to change positions or firing points!