|Its’ not the gun! Article#6
How many times at the range do you hear… Stupid (insert firearm name here), Dam Ammo, Freeken bag,
crappy scope, slippery grip, etc etc etc. You hear everything from equipment to weather as explanations
as to why we miss. 99% of the time we miss, “It’s not the gun” or ammo or anything else but us!
Rushing shots, breathing, grip, sight picture, trigger pull, aiming, follow through, we all forget our basic of
these things we do or do not do together in one shot that makes us hit or miss. Some days 200 yard
shots with a iron sight .22 at clays is no effort. Then there are those days we can’t hit the broad side of a
barn with a banjo standing on the roof. When was the last time you brushed up on your shooting
fundamentals? Read a good book, manual, article, drag a friend who is an instructor with you to the
range or even take a basic class. If you think you are above all that, you might want to reconsider if you
have ever said “Stupid XXXXX!”.
I find most people are in a great hurry to launch lead down range. Remember that paper doesn’t shoot
back so take you time, follow the basics. Firm grip but don’t white knuckle it, bring the firearm into your
visual sight, not your head to the gun, align the sights to the target, concentrate on the front sight, hold
your breath (Max six seconds) , pressure backwards on the trigger until it breaks, hold your grip, sight
picture, breath and the trigger back for a second after the bullet exits the muzzle.
When shooting always remember safety,
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction,
Always keep your finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
I would bet you a cookie you’re shooting improves if you follow the basic fundamentals every time you
shoot. Accuracy comes from consistency and practice. Remember, “Shooting is a perishable skill”.
Robert "Chet" Wilson
President SHOOT NJ LLC
NRA Appointed Training Counselor
NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Regional Counselor
NRA Certified Instructor All Disciplines
Chief Range Safety Officer
Former US Army MP and other stuff