Improving your target shooting accuracy can be a long process, especially if you want to play around with distance.
At the core, improving target shooting accuracy requires the interaction of three elements. The first being weapon or rifle accuracy, the second being practice, and the third being technique.
Before beginning, here’s a little safety reminder.
- Always treat your gun as if it is loaded.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot (even if you’re dry firing).
- Never direct your gun at something you would not want to damage.
- Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.
Likely you already know these things, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. As well, make sure you are following the rules and guidelines within your state or country. You can’t keep getting better at target shooting if your license is removed because you weren’t keeping the rules in mind.
Many factors can influence how accurate your weapon is. If you are unsure of what your weapon and accessories need in terms of care, the experts at this optics blog share the three most important things that affect accuracy:
- Check your zero regularly.
- Even fantastic optics with sturdy mounting systems can get knocked off a little over time. Check if your scope rings have become loose, again, this can happen over time.
- Always make sure your weapon is in tip-top shape.
A weapon that is poorly cared for can influence your ability to hit the target. So, keep your weapon cleaned, oiled, and cared for.
You knew this one was coming. Practise makes perfect. Target accuracy is no exception. In addition to the standard practice, involving you aiming at a target and firing, again and again, there are a few other things you can include in your practice regimen to help you improve more quickly.
Dry Firing Practise
Practice without bullets. Focus on your trigger pull on distance landmarks. This is one of the best forms of practice you can take. The positioning of your finger on the trigger can have a much more significant impact on your shot than you might think. Likewise, the speed at which you press the trigger can have a big effect on your shot. Pressing too quickly can cause your positioning to change.
I know it doesn’t sound related, but it is. Mastering when to take your breath, when to hold, and when to release as well as the proper length of time each breath should be will help keep you calm and steady. Which is something you need. There are many other benefits to learning how to control and direct your breath as well. Breathing affects your heart rate as well, which, whether you’re aware of it or not, is affecting your shot.
Another one that sounds cheesy, but isn’t. World-class athletes constantly cite visualization as part of their process. This is because, in addition to muscle memory, there are circuitry patterns in your mind. Even if you’re not at the shooting range or wherever it is you practice, you can still strengthen those thought patterns necessary for flawless accuracy.
Improve Your Technique
Practice alone is not enough. You need to be practicing well. This means you need to be improving on your technique. If you don’t include this, you might end up practicing and forcing your muscles to remember the wrong things.
Follow Through Or Lack Of Follow Through
The shot does not end until the target has been hit. This is a crucial part of your technique and likely will require conscious focus to improve upon, especially if you are new to target practice. The only advice here is to keep practicing until it becomes automatic.
Perfect Your Stance And Positioning
Just like when you’re playing golf, the positioning of your body when you take a shot will affect where the shot lands. This is one area where you might need to seek assistance, allowing someone very skilled to watch and correct your posture. Suppose this isn’t an option for you. In that case, you can record your positioning on your phone and compare the video to online videos of experts performing a shot of the same distance and environmental factors.
There you have it, several things you can do to improve your target shooting accuracy. Like with any precision-based task, improving your target shooting accuracy can take time. It can be frustrating and disheartening. Many people find it useful to keep a log where they note down the results of their practice sessions (sometimes meticulously keeping track of the exact measurements of each shot). This will help you notice which forms of practice are producing the best results for you.