Figure 4-7. The Complete Sequence of Firing an Accurate Shot
AN OUTLINE SUMMARY OF THE COMPETE SEQUENCE OF FIRING ONE ACCURATE SHOT
1. Preparation: In assembly area and on firing line
a . Physical
(1) Personal preparation.
(2) Limbering up. Arrive early.
(3) Check out firing line.
(a) Protection from wind and bright or changing sun light.
(b) Smooth and even horizontal surface.
(4) Fit of clothing and shoes
(5) Make final check in assembly area of all necessary equipment and become aware of firing conditions both weather wise and in range operation.
(6) Move to firing line and place equipment on your firing point.
(7) Set telescope up on your target.
(8) Make final check of weapon. Check sight black. Should be Zeroed.
(9) Check for proper caliber and amount of ammunition and load magazines.
(10) Check out stance and position for natural pointing at target center.
(11) Check out grip for natural alignment of sight when incorporating all requirements of a good grip.
(12) Breathe Deeply for increased oxygen retention.
(1) Stimulate confidence.
(2) Think only of shooting and expel all stray thoughts.
(3) Let the coach worry about any distractions or interruptions on the firing line.
(4) Mentally review shot sequence:
(a) Think of the act of extending arm and breathing deeply.
(b) Think of how your minimum arc of movement looks and feels.
(c) Picture properly aligned sights with point focus on front sight.
(d) Decide at what point in sequence you are going to take up slack in trigger and apply initial pressure.
(e) Here you take final deep breath, exhale and hold only part of it.
(f) Remind yourself to maintain sight alignment and a minimum arc of movement while;
(g) Positive, uninterrupted trigger pressure is being applied.
(h) Concentration must shift to and remain unbroken on sight alignment while positive trigger pressure is being applied.
(i) The pistol will seem to almost fire itself because positive trigger pressure is almost involuntary.
(j) The surprise shot is now a possibility because with the employment of positive trigger pressure,
the normal reaction time suffices to delay anticipatory reflexes that could disturb sight alignment, until all the
continuously applied control factors can bring about the delivery of the shot on the target. This is, in effect, follow through.
2. Plan the Shot
(1) Stable balance.
(3) Head position.
(5) Position of feet.
(6) Body erect.
(7) Shoulders level.
(8) Legs firmly straight.
(9) Hips level.
(10) Head level.
(11) Rest non-shooting arm and hand.
(12) Solid firm shooting arm and hand.
(13) Center of gravity slightly forward.
b. Natural Position Orientation.
(1) Start at 45 degree angle.
(2) Turn only head to target.
(3) Extend arm.
(4) Close eyes.
(5) Raise arm and settle.
(6) Open eyes.
(7) Shift trail foot in direction
of error if necessary.
(1) Natural sight alignment.
(2) Firm to prevent shift.
(3) Unchanging tightness.
(4) Independent trigger finger.
(7) Recoil straight to rear.
(8) Avoid fatigue of hand.
d. Breath Control.
(2) Oxygen retention.
(3) Minimize movement.
(4) Respiratory pause.
(6) Concentration aided.
(7) Prior to and during fire commands.
e. Sight Alignment (Relationship of Front and Rear Sights, not Sights to Target).
(1) Front sight point focus.
(2) Rear sight awareness.
(3) Exclusive concentration.
(4) 6 to 8 Seconds Duration.
(5) Coordination with other control factors.
f. Trigger Control.
(1) Positive uninterrupted trigger pressure.
(2) 2 to 5 second duration.
(3) Based on perfect sight alignment.
(4) Undisturbed sight alignment.
(5) Coordinate with optimum perception and minimum arc of movement.
g. Shot Sequence.
(1) Extend arm and breathe.
(2) Settle into minimum arc of movement.
(3) Pick up sight alignment in the aiming area.
(4) Take up trigger slack and apply initial pressure.
(5) Take final breath and hold part of it.
(6) Maintain sight alignment and minimum arc of movement.
(7) Start positive uninterrupted trigger pressure.
(8) Concentrate point of focus on front sight.
a. No unnecessary muscular tension.
b. Relax each major portion of body:
(3) Non-shooting arm
(7) Upper legs.
4. Deliver Shot
a. As planned - Do not compromise. Apply all control factors.
b. Follow through - continue to apply all control factors.
c. Shot will fire as a surprise - no reflex action.
5. Shot Analysis
(Use a target center to plot shot calls)
a. Follow through check.
b. Call shot - Describe sight alignment.
c. Compare hit location with call.
d. If shot or call is bad, determine cause.
e. Watch for error pattern to form.
f. If analysis is vague or unsure, ask yourself some or all of the following questions:
(1) Did shot break in minimum arc of movement?
(2) Hold too long?
(3) Positive trigger pressure?
(4) If shot could not be fired & shooter benched weapon, what was wrong?
(5) Lost concentration
(6) Surprise shot break?
(7) Worried about results?
6. Positive Correction (If Necessary)
a. Promptly applied.
b. Agreement between coach and shooter.
c. Incorporate into plan for