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Tuesday25 July 2017

Target Acquisition


Target Acquisition

This is also a key to cutting time off a stage, as we acquire multiple targets during a stage.


To move efficiently to the next target, you have to see where you are driving the gun. It is therefore vital that your eyes travel before the gun, and guide it to where it needs to settle.


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But – it is also crucial to maintain the triangular of the head, shoulders and arms through to the grip. Do not flex this at all in the swing, for it will cost you accuracy and control.


Only in very extreme swings should you consider bringing the gun in to you. This can save time when the swing is 120 degrees or more.


The swing has to come from the knees and hips. So in extreme swings, the knees need to bend more.


You should know the sequence of targets you are going to shoot – and practice that motion with your hands a few times. This is not to replace your visual input – but it does help to make the motion smoother. “Muscle memory” can be a powerful tool at high speeds.


Always remember: You are not aiming at the entire, big, brown target – you are aiming only at the A zone! And some say – at the center of the A zone!


You have to see what you need to see, and that is not the same on each type of target. Sometimes you need to see nothing, other times, you need to see the A itself. More difficult targets require seeing the sights perfectly, and even smaller targets may require a perfect follow through.




Pay attention that you are able to shoot equally well from left to right and right to left. This sometimes takes practice, as we all have our favorite side. But, if you ignore this, it will limit your options on a stage.


Be aware that when you shoot right-handed only, it is usually better to shoot from right to left, with the recoil. Go the other way when shooting left-handed.


Your front sight/red dot is your speedometer. It tells you how fast you can shoot your next shot. Make sure you see your sight before each shot.


Recognize what type of target you are about to shoot. Decide in advance what you want to see on that target when you shoot it. Then – see that in your visualization

When you come to the end of a stage, you should know where all your shots went. Be critical about your visual input. This will enable you to maintain a high lever of control.