There must be a systematic approach to obtaining shooting control. To successfully employ the fundamentals the shooter must develop a plan of action and fix it so firmly in mind that distractions do not interfere with his ability to follow a planned sequence. Simply giving yourself the order to watch the sights hold, and squeeze is not sufficient.
A shooter with natural talent may find it possible to occasionally fire good strings without having a plan of action. But regardless of his talent his performance is going to be erratic until he uses a comprehensive plan.
The shooter must realize that his ability to consistently perform well under pressure is related to the uniformity of his preparation. A planned sequence of thinking that will guide his physical actions through the complete string of fire is absolutely necessary.
You must control your mind and stop disconcerting thoughts of the possibility of failure. Picture yourself as you felt and thought while firing good strings and then ask yourself what technique you were using that enabled you to employ the fundamentals so successfully. The difference between champions and the also-rans lies in the ability to control thinking and plan actions from this point on. Prior planning of the delivery of the shot is the shooter's only insurance that the delivery will be consistently controlled. Knowledge of a successful shot sequence is the basis of the plan. The best assurance that a good performance can be duplicated is that the action follow a uniform sequence.
1. Remind yourself that when you consistently controlled your shooting you were using a shot sequence. You proved that there is a shot sequence that will work successfully for you. You must recreate precisely those same conditions to get the same results.
The course of fire may have a successful conclusion only if the shooter in setting-up each shot, goes through all the stages - getting completely ready, planning, relaxing, and delivering the shot, analyzing and correcting in the same manner each time.
2. The following sequence is recommended for slow fire:
a. Extend arm and breathe.
b. Settle into a minimum arc of movement.
c. Pick up sight alignment in the aiming area.
d. Take up trigger slack - apply initial pressure.
e. Hold breath.
f. Maintain sight alignment and minimum arc of movement.
g. Start positive trigger pressure.
h. Concentrate point focus on front sight.
i. Follow through. (Occurs with surprise shot only) (No reflex action)
3. The following sequence is recommended for timed and rapid:
a. Extend shooting arm and breathe.
b. Find sight alignment.
c. Find aiming area on edge of target frame (final deep breath).
d. Settle into minimum arc of movement.
e. Point focus of front sight (Partly release breath).
f. Take up slack - apply initial trigger pressure.
g. Maintain sight alignment (target faces).
h. Start positive trigger pressure.
i. Concentrate on sight alignment (first shot is fired).
4. When a shooter has a system to follow, he can concentrate on performance and not be worried about results. Care should be taken during early stages of instructional practice to comply with each of the items on the shooter's worksheet. As the shooter becomes more capable, sequence, analysis and corrective action becomes more important. Repetition of these steps will instill in the shooter good habits that will enable him to repeat good performance. Further, the worksheet will help the shooter form the habit of not overlooking any factor that will help his shooting. Winning scores are produced by being ready, confident, performing uniformly and being in complete control.
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