If you’re interested in sport shooting or hunting, one skill that you’re going to want to practice is your accuracy. While some people may feel like they’re naturally more accurate when it comes to shooting, you can practice and train yourself to be a better shot and hit your intended target more often.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three things that will help you become a more accurate shot.
Practice Pressing The Trigger
One thing that many beginners don’t understand is that there’s a difference between pulling the trigger and pressing the trigger when you’re shooting a gun.
According to Curtis Niedermier, a contributor to Outdoor Life, pressing the trigger is much preferred to pulling the trigger. When you pull the trigger, you’re making a fast motion that could move the gun at the last second. And if this happens, your shot is going to be off. But when you press the trigger, meaning you apply steady pressure to the trigger until it engages, there will be a lot less disturbance to your gun and your shot will line up more closely to how you set it up. So rather than yanking on the trigger when you’re ready to hit your target, take up any slack that’s in the trigger until it breaks right over your intended target.
Watch Your Breath
To get the most accurate shot, you want there to be as little movement as possible between yourself and your gun as you line up your shot. To reduce as much movement as you can, it’s important that you control your breathing when getting ready to fire. This can be especially hard when you’re hunting and have your adrenaline going, so it’s vital that you practice this beforehand.
To do this, Hunter-Ed.com recommends that you learn how to take slow, steady breaths as you get prepared to shoot. Then, when you’re about ready to pull the trigger, take one deep breath and exhale it out about halfway. As you’re holding this big breath, you should then pull the trigger so you’re not breathing at all when you actually fire. This will keep you from moving with your breath at the most important moment of taking your shot.
Don’t Take Your Eye Off The Target
If you’re just shooting once, you don’t really have to worry about taking your eye off your target after you’ve shot. But if you’re going to be shooting multiple times, the American Gun Association shares that you’ll want to learn how to turn on and off the safety, reload the magazine, and use the bolt action all without taking your eyes off your target. With practice, you should be able to do all these things with very little movement, making you much more accurate.
If you’re wanting to learn how to be a more accurate shot, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you achieve this goal.