All Time, # 1 Best Shooting Method?
January 2008 Sporting Clays Tip
by Dan Schindler
As you would expect, the "best" shooting method is and always has been a hotly debated topic. Shooters who frequent the tournament circuit are always looking for that "1 thing" that might give them more X's, hence the "best" shooting method invariably rises to the top of the discussion checklist.
So who's teaching the "best" shooting method out here? Why I am of course. That said, it is commonly known-and true-that various successful and rightfully respected teachers around the US don't teach the same shooting methods. And trust me, those teacher's methods work, and work very well thank you. Proving not just one but several points.
First, there are-and always have been-multiple ways to break a target, consistently and reliably. Second, following the sound advice of a competent teacher will not only get you the X, but will teach you-precisely-what to do and how to repeat that successful shot again and again. Third-and in my opinion the most important point here-your application of this shooting method, correctly or incorrectly, will ultimately determine the result of each shot and your rate of improvement.
Right now, this is the very best time to consult with a teacher to learn why you are not consistent in the shooting box. There are no mysteries here, just unanswered questions. Teachers, and especially Paragon Professional Associate teachers, have those answers,...and the "best" shooting methods.
There are basically 3 ballistics in rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. 1) Internal ballistics, or what takes place inside the chamber and barrel; 2) external ballistics, what takes place during the shot string flight; and 3) terminal ballistics, what happens when the shot string impacts the target.
It was a sunny, crisp day at Upper Nisqually Gun Club in Eatonville WA. Joe and I were putting the finishing touches on the target presentations before I began teaching the next day..............
I commonly hear stories of my student shooting a station very well, or a course very well, and suddenly concentration is gone. Result: 00 or worse. It is frustrating and usually occurs without notice. Why does this happen?
First, it's simply a matter of our attention moving somewhere else, away from the task in front of us. It can happen when we are distracted, or when we take a target or pair for granted. Our attention moves or our focus intensity slips..............