Whether you’re hunting or just having target practice, shooting just isn’t as fun when you are not able to consistently hit your target.
You may even feel embarrassed at the range when others have small, tight groupings, but yours look more like a scatter plot.
Don’t fret, there are things you can do to get better! Here are 4 tips you can use to start shooting like a pro.
Upgrade Your Sights
Stock sights on some firearms just aren’t quite up to the task.
For handguns and close range, you may consider laser optics. If you have red dot astigmatism, check out this list for recommended products. The proper optics can make a world of difference in your experience.
Choose the Right Firearm
Firearm choice plays a big role in your ability to consistently hit the bullseye when shooting.
For example, if you are shooting rifles, a heavier rifle — like the .338 Lapua rifle — will generally allow you to be more accurate because it is more stable.
However, if you are hiking through difficult terrain to reach your hunting spot, a heavy rifle may not be practical. Look for one that provides a good balance of weight and portability.
When it comes to handguns, smaller handguns with short barrels are notoriously difficult to aim. If you’re going for precise accuracy, then your small conceal carry weapon probably is not the right choice. You should opt for a handgun with a longer barrel that provides more stability.
Many people get nervous when shooting, and this has a detrimental effect on their accuracy.
You should maintain a nice, relaxed position when aiming and shooting. Make sure that you keep a firm grip with your firing hand but not too tense. A grip that is too tight will cause you to pull your shot to one side.
Your breathing cycle is also important as you get ready to take your shot. Take a deep breath as you aim, and then slightly exhale. Hold your breath when you pull the trigger. Attempting to make the shot while inhaling or exhaling will cause you to be off target.
This one can’t be stressed enough. Getting better at anything takes practice, and shooting is no different. Practice as much as possible!
Practice allows you to learn your weapon better, and it also helps you get better at being very consistent in your shot process. This will lead to better results and make you enjoy shooting even more!
Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.