Because most of the points lost in any aggregate are lost at
slow fire it is imperative that this become your strongest stage.
Accept shot values in your aiming area. Focus on the front sight
and squeeze all the way through until the shot breaks.
- Settle Into Your Aiming Area. The normal area of movement
is readily apparent. If it happens to be larger or have
abnormal characteristics and you are unable to reduce it
to normal, accept it and proceed to fire. However, make
every effort to hold the weapon motionless.
- Find Sight Alignment. Your sight alignment must be exact
and in such distinct focus that the bullseye becomes a
blurred gray mass somewhere beyond the front sight.
- Start Positive Squeeze. Be determined that once started,
a positive, constant rate of squeeze is to be completed
without interruption. Any hesitation, change of rate,
doubt about results or loss of concentration must be
- Concentrate on Sight Alignment. Any distraction warrants
benching the weapon and starting over. Do not try to fire
the shot if any controllable irregularity disturbs the
existence of ideal conditions. Do not think of impending
results at the target Any surprise shot within the aiming
area with good sight alignment will be a good shot.
- Try for a Surprise Break of the Shot. Your reflexes
cannot act quickly enough to disturb sight alignment or a
smooth, positive squeeze if the shot breaks as a
surprise. Shots breaking in the aiming area with good
sight alignment will form a group that represents the
equivalent of your holding ability.
- Additional Suggestions. It may be advantageous to rest or
relax after three or four shots. Remember that you do not
have to shoot before bringing your gun down to rest. When
a shooter fatigues, runs short of breath or experiences
difficulty in concentration, by all means he should lower
his arm, relax, breathe deeply and try again. Some
excellent slow fire shooters try two or three times
before getting a shot fired. Do not expect ever to have a
perfect sight picture. You can shoot groups only within
your ability to hold. If you can hold within the ten
ring, they should go there. With experience and practice
your ability to hold will increase and your groups will
consequently grow smaller. Sometime during the 6- 15
seconds required to fire a shot in slow fire, your arc of
movement will be sustained at a minimum. The shot
sequence should progress at such a rate as to attain a
surprise break during this period. Example: If a
shooter's minimum arc of movement is reached at about
nine seconds he should train himself to break his shots
in 8-10 seconds.
and Rapid Fire Techniques:
Prior to firing any string of timed or rapid fire it is
imperative that you mentally run through the sequence of the
string itself. You must be psychologically as well as physically
ready to fire at 25 yards. You will find that this prior
determination will assist in your rhythm, squeeze, and recovery
and ease any match pressure that you are subjected to at the
- Timed Fire. Prepare your lungs by breathing deeply prior
to firing and holding the breath with lungs approximately
half full just as you align your sights. Make rhythm the
prime object. Never vary your rhythm. Adjust your
recovery so that you'll have your sights aligned in time
for the shot to go, but do not wait for the perfect sight
picture. If you maintain your rhythm and fail to get the
sight alignment just right, you may get nines, but if you
make the weapon fire just as the sight picture is
perfect, you will get the axe.
- Rapid Fire. Rapid fire is essentially the same as timed
fire. You can improve your rapid fire by learning to fire
the first shot within the first second after the target
faces you. Immediate recovery of sight alignment and hold
after each shot depends on perfection of uniform position
and grip. Special attention to an uninterrupted,
unchanging rate of squeeze will help develop for you, the
coordinated start your squeeze before the sights become
perfectly aligned. Make every effort to prevent
extraneous thoughts, which may disturb rhythm and
- Shot Sequence for Timed and Rapid Fire.
- Find aiming area on edge of the target frame in
line with your aiming area.
- Settle into aiming area.
- Find sight alignment. The front sight should
settle naturally into alignment with the rear
sight, vertically and horizontally. Concentrate
on looking at the front sight.
- Start positive squeeze on turn of target. If your
position and grip are correct and you are
concentrating on alignment of the sights a
squeeze started at the turn of the target will
give you a 10 every time.
- Squeeze continuously. In rapid fire you must
start your squeeze before you have perfect sight
alignment. This does not mean that you
subordinate sight alignment to squeeze. Start
your squeeze as quickly as possible while
continuously concentrating on and perfecting
sight alignment. Sight alignment not a sight
picture. Your natural aversion to not firing
without correct sight alignment will delay your
squeeze until the sights are aligned.
- Recovery. Correct recovery with the sights
approximately aligned in the aiming area is
obtained only if your position and grip are
- Concentrate on sight alignment. Any time the shot
breaks with good sight alignment, it will strike
the target within your ability to hold.
C. Shooting on Windy Days:
Wind shooting is conducive to jerking the trigger. This is
true because as the arc of movement increases the shooter
develops a tendency to relax his trigger pressure. He is waiting
for a more stable sight picture. His concentration of sight
alignment will diminish and he will make an effort to set the
shot off on the move as the sights pass the vicinity of the
target center. The obvious answer is to, first: wait for a lull
in the wind, next: concentrate as one normally does on sight
alignment and as a minimum of movement is sensed, start an ever
increasing pressure on the trigger until the shot is fired. Do
not continue the hold during extreme gusts. Always take advantage
of a chance to rest. Each attempt to fire a shot should be made
with a firm resolve to align the sights.