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When I was just a young Corporal in the Marines, I had the opportunity to serve as a shooting coach on Camp Pendleton. I was a coach on the rifle range and was later put in charge of the pistol range after only a few months of coaching.
I was the guy who ran the pistol range during the Navy/Marine Corps pistol matches that year.
It was an amazing thing to see how skillful some of these Veterans had become with the 1911 pistol.
Let’s just say that I picked up a thing or two from these old salty dogs, and today I’m here to share the top 5 shootings tips that I picked up while training with these experts.
There is nothing worse for a shooter than the distractions encountered while training. The cramp in your leg, the strain in your eye, the cold that makes your muscles tense up. These are just a few examples of the many distractions that should be avoided on the shooting range. With that said, before you take any shot from your weapon make sure that you are completely comfortable. Once the shooting position is assumed, try to relax and position yourself in a way that provides the most stability to you. Many times instructors will tell you to stand a certain way and hold the weapon a certain way. Although they may be technically correct, these positions are not perfect for every shooter. It is up to the shooter to define their style. Once you have defined your position, remember it! It should become muscle memory to the point where you stand exactly the same way every single time. Relax your muscles as much as possible and only use the ones required to take the shot. Certain shooting positions allow you to use your skeleton as a way to support your weapon. Utilizing your bone structure to stabilize is preferred over controlling the weapon with your muscles. Below is a list of some things to keep in mind when it comes to comfort.
- Clothing – Wear the proper clothing for the climate you will be training in.
- Gloves – Wearing leather shooting gloves and inserts is key. Every time your heart beats it pumps a surge of blood through your body including your arms, hands, and fingers. The surge is strong enough to be felt and physically noticeable when looking down the sights of your weapon. Anytime your heart pumps you may notice a slight rise and fall of the sights. Putting gloves on your hands minimizes the slight movement caused by your heart beats. The slightest movement will change your shots by inches downrange…
- Eye Patch – Wear some type of cover or eye patch over your non shooting eye. Closing your eye all day will cause stress and strain in your eyes. As the day goes on your shots may start to get worse. It is better to keep both eyes open. A simple eye cover can be constructed by cutting cardboard off your ammo boxes and taping them onto the inside of your shooting glasses.
- Ear Protection – Always go with double ear protection, it keeps you from going deaf, and will allow you to focus on the shot. It can be distracting to hear another shooter unload a bunch of rounds, right before you take your shot.