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Shoot Like a Sharp Shooter

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Whether you are a seasoned shooter or a beginner, there is always room for improvement. If you want to improve your skills and become a sharpshooter, Federal Firearms has put together a few tips to help you refine your skills.

Control Your Breathing

Controlling your breathing is crucial when shooting and can affect your accuracy. There are various breathing techniques for shooters, so be sure to find one that works for you and master it.
Some shooters prefer to fully inhale and then squeeze the trigger, while others will wait until they fully exhale to take their shot. Shooters need to find their natural shooting position and do what is most comfortable for them. Be sure to avoid holding your breath. This can cause you to get shaky, elevating your heart rate, and increasing your chances of error.

Work on Your Trigger Control and Anticipation

When you pull the trigger of a handgun or a rifle, it should be a slow, squeezing motion rather than a jerk. Poor trigger control is a common issue caused by the shooter anticipating the weapon’s recoil or kick.
One way to help work on your trigger pull is to do a dry fire drill where you will place a coin on your front sight. Align your sights and slowly squeeze the trigger. If you squeeze the trigger slowly and smoothly, then your coin should stay on the front sight. If the coil falls off, keep practicing until you can consistently squeeze the trigger without the coin falling off.

Use Simple Group Shooting to Improve Your Accuracy

Group shooting can help you increase your accuracy when shooting a handgun. Start by shooting a benchmark group at whatever distance you’ve chosen to shoot from. From a supported position, slowly shoot six rounds. This can be done either benched or prone with your gun fully resting on the table or the ground. This stable position removes a lot of the variables that can make you inaccurate, creating a standard group for you to refer to.
Stand up to an unsupported position. The key here is to accept that there will be movement in your sights. Hold the sights as close as you can to your mark and squeeze the trigger slow and smooth. You want to try to shoot the same size group from an unsupported position as the supported position.

Practice Makes Perfect

Shooting is a perishable skill. If you are truly interested in improving your shooting skills, you need to practice in a variety of conditions and environments, and you must do so regularly. Find drills and techniques that work for you. The more you practice, the more you can hone in on your weaknesses and refine your strengths. When you can’t go to the range, you can do a dry fire drill to sharp.
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