Knowing how to shoot is not an innate ability in human beings. As in many other fields, only practice can make you “a good trigger”. So there is no miracle to learn to shoot, you simply have to shoot. Do not skimp on training since it is the only key to your future success.
In terms of shooting, even if schools exist, only the basics can be taught to you. The positions of the body, the precision of your movements, and your agility in appreciating the trajectory of your target are all factors that can be taught to them.
In this famous moment of pressing the trigger, you are the only decision maker. If you apply these few recommendations, there is no doubt that your abilities will evolve quickly until they become formidable!
- 1. Make a Plan
- 2. Don’t Move Until You See Clearly
- 3. Keep Your Eyes on the Set
- 4. Don’t Rush the Shot
- 5. Be Relaxed
- 6. Don’t Listen Too Much to What Other People are Saying
- 7. Don’t Think the Problem is the Gun or the Cartridges
- 8. Learn the Shooting Positions for Each Position by Heart
- 9. Course Learn the Maintained Lead
- 10. Take a Class
- 11. Train at Home
- 5 Quick Tips for Shooting Long Distance
1. Make a Plan
Before each shot, determine where you will break. It’s simple on the way. In the pit, you don’t know where the board goes. Visualize a left, center, and right zone. Before each shot, you need to know what is going to happen. Your eyes must be placed precisely, your rifles and your feet too. So Make a plan, visualize it, and execute it.
2. Don’t Move Until You See Clearly
The shooters are always in too much of a hurry. In fact, you have time. Because at the exit of the launcher your brain cannot clearly identify the plate, so give it a little time to analyze the speed and the trajectory. You’ll never shoot something you can’t see. So call the set, let it go, take time to assess its trajectory and speed, and then move.
3. Keep Your Eyes on the Set
To increase your chances of being able to break the board, your eyes should stay on the board, never on the barrels. When we drive, we look at the road, not the steering wheel. If you look at the guns to measure the advance, your brain no longer knows what to aim for. So keep your eyes glued to the board.
4. Don’t Rush the Shot
Very good shooters are precise and take the time to analyze the situation before shooting. In the pit, just shooting more relaxed earns you a few targets. A good shot is a smooth, calm and confident shot. The shooters throwing themselves on the board are not regular.
Do not rush your shot, otherwise it will increase your stress and therefore reduce your concentration for the rest of the competition.
5. Be Relaxed
If you grip the rifle too hard, the forearms are tense, the nape of the neck and the neck too. You won’t go the distance. Grip the rifle no harder than a hammer at the back hand. The hand before her is only a guide. Ball-trap is a sport where you compete with yourself before competing with other shooters.
6. Don’t Listen Too Much to What Other People are Saying
The majority of shooters have never taken a course and have never read a shooting book. We hear everything and its opposite. It is therefore necessary to focus on oneself, to make one’s own experience while basing oneself on solid technical bases.
7. Don’t Think the Problem is the Gun or the Cartridges
99.9% of missed targets are due to a technical error. If the slope of the rifle is ok, the targeting tests are conclusive, the rifle is ok. It doesn’t matter that it’s an 800 euro model. Same for cartridges. From the entry-level 28 grams, it’s perfect.
8. Learn the Shooting Positions for Each Position by Heart
You should learn the shooting positions for each position very carefully. It’s not the fleeing shot that’s hard. The difficulty is that you don’t know which launcher fires. The thing is, for every shooting position, there is a magic point that covers any start. It is therefore necessary to know the positions of the feet, cannons and eyes at each position. Then apply the first 3 tips from this list.
9. Course Learn the Maintained Lead
This discipline is much more technical because the trajectories are variable. Make that effort and learn the maintained lead. It literally changes everything. This shot is simpler, slower, easier. This method consists of shouldering in front of the plateau and following the race of the latter always in front. The advantage is that the cannons go at the same speed as the board. Once you understand this technique, the course becomes much simpler.
10. Take a Class
Taking a class is a good way to learn the basics and techniques with a professional. He can also advise you on the appropriate equipment for rifle shooting. It will be just as important to learn with this professional the right postures and the right gestures to implement to increase your shooting efficiency.
11. Train at Home
All good lessons are learned by repetition. Do not hesitate to practice your movements and postures at home. It only takes a few minutes but will greatly increase your shooting performance.
Expert tip: to have a fluid movement, practice following a line with your rifle. This line will symbolize the trajectory of the board and these movements will become automatic during the next shots.
5 Quick Tips for Shooting Long Distance
The importance of targeting your cartridge with your rifle
Each bullet tends to react differently depending on the barrel of the rifle it is fired from. Therefore, a cartridge can give you excellent performance and obtain a totally different pattern from another weapon.
Hence the importance, each beginning of the season if you change bullet, to perform different shots on targets. Test the original chokes supplied with this same cartridge at different distances. You may be quite surprised by the results obtained and the best performance is not always the one expected. Knowing how your bullets behave in your gun is essential if you want to improve your shooting skills.
A shooter, whether hunting or trapping, must have a quality essential to his success: concentration. Stay focused on your target and only on it. If you concentrate on your target, ignoring its surroundings, you will be better able to interpret its trajectory and its speed and therefore intercept it. So stay focused on, say, your target bird’s beak, with that precise vision in mind, your gun trajectory will become more instinctive and you’ll hit many more birds.
Choose a bird
We have all been confronted with it: a flock of birds comes within range, the hunter gets up and empties his magazine in less time than it takes to write it down, and nothing falls!
In this context, the hunter often leaves the decided excitement of his shot. Again with concentration, the shooter will choose a particular target. He will apply tip #2 and get results immediately!
Follow him until he falls!
“He was falling, I took another one, then he left” Who has this never happened to? Too often, the hunter overlooks his first target, eager to move on to the next, and in many cases sees every bird walk away unscathed. When you decide to shoot a bird, keep your sights on it until it falls before moving on to the next one.
The right cartridge
Too many hunters opt for the cheapest bullets on the market. He does not hesitate to spend several hundred dollars on a hunting action, hunting blind, decoys, a 4×4, deer cart, a trained dog, etc… but skimps on a few dollars for his cartridges.
Of course, some will tell us “but I kill with”, of course, but for how many misses? It would be harder to kill a bird with a “high-end” cartridge than it was with more common bullet.
However, for those birds you missed or worse still injured, the result could have been different with suitable bullets. Internal materials depend on the performance of a cartridge, the better the quality of the balls, the powder or the wad and the better your results.