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.
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.