Whenever you fire, your spotter should be lying beside you, observing and coaching. The converse is true when he's firing and you become the spotter. The two of you are a sniper team.
The spotter's role is not one of emotional support. While you're firing, he's 100 percent occupied in specific spotting tasks, to include estimating range and wind, reading mirage, detecting and assessing targets, observing fire, confirming hits, and suggesting corrections.
But since this is practice fire, the spotter also serves as your coach. He assists recoil and trigger-pull drills, watches your breathing, sees if your position is solid and consistent, and so forth. As a coach, he must be honest but diplomatic, patient, and understanding. This builds mutual trust and instills in him a keener focus on his own body position, breathing, trigger control, etc., since he must sensitize himself to these in order to coach you.
At times you'll have to fire in practice without your teammate, but whenever possible it's better to have him with you.
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