Improving Group size and consistency
- Improving Group size and consistency
The previous sections describe in some detail how a new smallbore rifle shooter can get into the prone position whilst consistently remaining comfortable and stable. This section provides information on topics that may not immediately occur to the shooter as well as a number of exercises that can help to develop the skills of breathing, aiming, trigger control, follow through and natural alignment. The exercises will help a shooter progress to the point where they can take the next step and shoot a scored card.
It can be nice to be able to put a value on ability and provide something that can be used as a mark of progress and improvement. Many sports have some measure of standard, such as coloured belts to mark the grade in martial arts, and in shooting the skill of an individual can be seen by the scores they achieve. However, many shooters progress to shooting ‘scored cards’ before they are truly ready and this can prevent them from progressing as their goal becomes getting a better score instead of improving the skills to maintain a smaller group size.
Unless the shooter has developed their core skills to be able to shoot a group where most of the shots are inside the 9 ring on the target then they will only achieve slow progress when shooting scored cards.
IMPROVEING CONSISTENCY DO’S AND DON’TS
- DO take time to set up the firing point correctly, mat position is important to help build a naturally aligned prone position
- DO keep the shooting mat within the 1m width of the firing lane
- DO consider other people using the range. Be aware of anything that encroaches onto someone else’s firing point
- DO warm up before shooting
- DON’T put the ammunition too far away otherwise it will be difficult to reach
- DON’T worry if the results seen after the exercises differ from the ‘usual result described’, this information is for guidance only and may not be true for all people
Practice Exercises for Prone rifle shooters
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The Information and images in these sections are taken directly from the early chapters in Smallbore Rifle Shooting: A Practical Guide (with permission from the author)
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