We all love to shoot and have fun doing it but sometimes we suffer from a lack of knowledge on how to correct our mistakes when shooting our pistol. Many times we’re not aware of these mistake in the mechanics or finger placement but we are very aware of their effects on paper. (our groupings)
Here are some quick tips to turbo charge your basics that you may have forgotten.
Sources: Omar Gonzalez, Travis Haley
For the gun enthusiasts that want more out of just shooting at paper targets or moving targets. How about moving robot targets that moves autonomously?
Enter Robotic Human-Type Targets from Australia’s Marathon Targets, they’re basically dummy mannequins on wheels with a computer embedded. The bots can be programmed to various scenario whether the bots is hit or not. The idea is to deploy human-looking dummies that can “look, move, and behave like people,” with a degree of networked autonomy. For example, when one bot goes down in a hail of gunfire, the others can respond by heading for cover or regroup for a counter-attack. No joystick required. To further add functionality to the training, scenarios can be program into the robots whether its for a hostage situation to a couple tangos walking along the street from 200 yards out.
Unfortunately, its not available for the public, unless you’re in the military. Have a look at this video below from the U.S. Air Force’s 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico displaying these robot-targets on the move while soldiers shooting at them.
Some info on these Robot Targets:
Other things that can be implemented into the training is to provide some obstacles for the shooter (trainee) to use as cover. One of the things that most real firefight happens is the use of cover while returning fire, other wise known as tactical shooting, thats for another article.
First Lt. Steven Hunter. So Training’s really cool, they have these big huge robots, sorta like… Skynet. Terminator. So you can actually program scenarios into the robots, where you can do like, a hostage scenario, where one of them in the middle’s a hostage, and you have to shoot the ones around him and they’ll bum rush if that one gets shot, so they’re all talking to each-other.
It’s really cool, because it puts a lot more of the ‘here’s how hard it is when a target’s actually moving’ into you. They are just moving around, so you kinda have to make sure. You think you need to lead ’em, but then you don’t, because you remember how fast bullets are, so you gotta remember to breathe, and it’s a whole different discipline than when you’re sitting there, taking nice controlled breaths and doing it.
You’re like, ‘ok, gotta remember to breathe, gotta remember I’m moving’, so, most of the old guys have had some experience being shot at, being in firefights, and with the way AfSoc EOD is going, we’re hoping to be involved in more of those kind of ‘forward action’ type missions anyways. With that being the case, we’re going to need these to hone these skills so that they don’t have to worry about you, and they can take care of their mission, you can take care of your mission.
And it needs to be second nature so that you don’t have to worry about learning that while you’re worrying about doing your job in a new scenario. As many things as can be second nature should be second nature.
Sources: 27th SOW Cannon Air Force Base N.M. Youtube, The Caliente SimIS RHTT, Robert Beckhusen
Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.
“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”
Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.
“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”
Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.
“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.
On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.
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If you are just getting into target shooting and need some help fine tuning your shooting skills. Look no further, the NRA (National Rifle Association) has put together this amazing simple shooting fundamentals infographic that will get you on target.
Handguns vary differently from sizes, feel to weight. With all those variables basic shooting skills itself doesn’t change. This infographic cheat sheet shows you the right way to properly sight align, focus, trigger control, and breath control. This visual will get you on the right track to better your shooting skill.
Source: National Rifle Association
This is one of the big questions among new shooters and veterans of gun enthusiasts. Besides from just shooting your gun more to get better, there are many school of thoughts on the subject. Here are some conversations that have a myriad of advices from poor to sound constructive approaches.
Just a note, though the question is at the best very general, the answers will differ on the type of person that shoots guns. Some are competitive shooters, some plinkers and some are into close quarter shooting.
Excerpt from 1911 Forum and Reddit:
Oberoni: Seriously, go work on your grip strength. Your group sizes will go down.
wuyeah: Not everyone is a natural born good shooter right!? Maybe you are and really talented. To most it takes lots ammo, lots practice to be able to shoot accurately and consistently.
How long/ how many rounds does it take for you to shoot accurately with a hand pistol on a fixed target in 10 yards? That means you have figured out how to fix most of your bad habits, take a shot that where you want to be?
What pistol did you use for your initial practice?
Sock: I took a year and shot a handgun every day (even if it was only ten rounds of .22). Unbelievable how much you can improve with that little effort. 686, xd9, ruger mk ii. Whatever I felt like that day.
Sgt.Y: Some people it takes one box of ammo, others a lifetime, it depends on your mindset, physical ability, and your vision. In the Army they put you through a regimine of six weeks to get you up to snuff. I saw plenty of guys who could barely hit the broad side of the barn with over twenty years in.
My best suggestion is do dry firing at home, unload and clear, aim at a set point in your room like the center of the clock face. If you have a 1911 it can be dry fired all day, but if not see your owners manual. Make sure you have a proper grip on your weapon, and proper triggering. When triggering you press the trigger not squeeze and use the tip of your finger not between the first and second knuckle. Sight in your target and press the trigger, be wary of the aim through the triggerinng. Repeat several times and take note any continued problems. You will need to learn to move the end of your finger and not pull the tendon through your arm.
Some factors are while you have your arm extended how stable you can keep your arm, how you react to the gun firing, do you flinch or do you blink, how focused are you through the shot. How much movement travels through your aim through triggering.
A steady stable repeatable control may take time and persistance.
Flyinrock1: It depends on a lot of elements. The first is good instruction in the basics. Then it takes deliberate participation of the shooter followed by a good shooting coach to show the way for your personal requirements.
I’ve been a shooting instructor/coach for 60 years and have trained some national and international champions and thousands of new shooters.
As in any human endeavor, there will be some better than others. There are those who will prevail in spite of personal deficiencies but have determination to succeed.
I have seen the same as a flight instructor with one student becoming a “Top Gun” instructor, and another now with the “Blue Angels”. Others went on to successful careers in aviation.
The level of expertise you wish to reach, and your motivation are just part of the equation. Good coaching/instruction, good equipment, motivation are all part of it.
boatdoc: depends what you mean by accurate. I see some shooters who think hitting paper @10 feet =accurate
for me, it took a while. I was a bit slow in picking up the basics. I could hit paper and stay close to the center @21 feet from the first month of shooting(never shot before the nra safety class)Read “the perfect pistol shot” it helped and still does. When I go wrong, it corrects me.
I now shoot 2″ groups(.9mm and 45 aco) @ 21-30 feet(depending on how my eyes feel) and I consider that accurate. I will never be a 25 yard handgun shooter.
I am happy where I am and if I want a challenge, I move the target out to 45′
combat_auto: 10 yard accuracy shouldn’t take a lot of months to master for a new shooter. What will facilitate this is to read about shooting accurately (I rec this book “Pistol Shooters Treasury” (when I was starting out some “old-timer” on the 1911 forum recommended it to me, great book). Watch some shooting fundamentals video’s (so many choices, I like the stuff Travis Healy puts out, just my opinion). Practice, practice, practice including dry-fire at home…A word about the main tool, the gun. I started with a Beretta PX4, and it was fine at 10 yards, not so great at 25 yards with it. When I got my first 1911 +4 months later, 25 yards became much more doable. The gun (can) matter…Now I shoot mostly WC 1911’s and they have facilitated my shooting out to 50 yards. That said, with enough practice and dedication one can become proficient with almost any gun. Just some guns help you get their faster than others.
Bottom line, for 10 yards with a little dedication you should get there consistently (from “new shooter” status ) in a month (say going to the range 1X/week) – just to use a rough time-frame (possibly sooner). 25 yards might take longer. If you go to a standard indoor range you will find usually not many shooters are shooting their pistol at 25 yards. It does take some practice to be proficient at 25 yards, but 10 yards should be a fairly quick learning.
hal copple: I have shot a lot in the past 50 years, all sorts of weapons, and shoot pistols just about every day. My learning curve is pretty flat now, my improvement is very incremental. But once a shooter gets what he or she considers acceptably good with the basics, you have to challenge yourself to continue to improve. For instance, our gun club has a weekly evening IDPA indoor practice, and most of the shooters just go for as few points down as possible. A few days ago I shot all my targets strong hand, and went for head shots, and then did a stage weak hand. I did quite well.
If a shooter doesn’t try what they are weakest at, they will never improve on those skills.
roaniecowpony: I shot my first rifle at 6 and my first pistol, a Ruger Mk1, at 12 years of age. By the time I shot that pistol, I had some level of trigger control from shooting my trusty single shot 22 and it took me only a few rounds to hit targets.
My wife recently took some self defense pistol classes with me. She had very little shooting experience in the past 40 years, but had shot some muzzleloader rifle in her 20s. She took to those Sig P239 and P226 40 S&W pistols quickly. She shot about 1000 rounds in these classes, then cleaned my clock on a dueling tree, once our instructor switched our guns, giving her my old Gold Cup and me the Sig.
Exceptions aside, I start new shooters on a 22. I have a friend that bought a Sig 226 .40, just like mine and is having difficulty shooting it. He has poor trigger control and is flinching badly. I moved him to my 22 pistol and he started shooting much better within a half dozen magazines. I put him back with the .40 and he fired several good shots before he deteriorated to missing low/right by 10″ @ 7 yes. Back to the 22. Same cycle. Clearly, shooting a 22 can be a great tool to improve a shooter having difficulty. Hell, anyone can benefit and have fun with a 22.
Oberoni: Seriously, go work on your grip strength. Your group sizes will go down.
And what about you?, what do you do to get your accuracy better?