Competitive shooting is a sport, and just like any other competition, it takes practice to succeed. While you can’t expect to be professional from the start, you can avoid common mistakes to ensure you get the most out of your practice sessions and training.
Common Competitive Shooting Mistakes
Rookie competitive shooters are often prone to simple mistakes and gaffes. The good news is, these mistakes are easily correctible with proper instruction. Once you fix them, you’ll be on your way to being an accurate competitive shooter. Before getting discouraged, consider whether your issues stem from one of the following:
- Wrong focal point. When first getting comfortable with competitive shooting, it can be easy to put too much focus on your firearm. While you certainly need to pay attention to how you grip, hold and position the firearm, your focus will also need to be on the target. Once you’re able to strike the correct balance here, you’ll see noticeable improvement in accuracy.
- Too much gear. There’s nothing wrong with having the right gear and equipment, but don’t let it overpower you. Learning to compete without all the bells and whistles will make you better. Once you’ve established some real skill, you can add the gadgets and gizmos to make things even more fun.
- Wrong size. Don’t fall for the more is better argument. As a beginner, the larger firearm may prove more of a detriment than advantage. Practice with multiple firearms and go with the one that makes you comfortable.
- Trigger manipulation. Effectively pulling the trigger is arguably the hardest concept to grasp. It must be done delicately enough so as not to alter your aim, but hard enough to be completed in the appropriate amount of time.
- Poor timing. When aiming for a moving target, poor timing is a sure way to miss. While it can be the result of many things, it’s often a result of overthinking a shot. The best competitive shooters are able to limit distractions and simplify the process.
- Tense posture. There is a fine line between being too relaxed and too tense. You want your frame to be secure, yet loose enough to allow for movement. A tense posture disallows for corrections, adjustments and rapid control of the firearm.