If you’re looking to become a better shooter, there’s one acronym you absolutely must know and use. Otherwise, you could be wasting a lot of your potential without even realizing it.
This acronym is a simple one to remember: B.R.A.S.S. It stands for:
And, although these words might seem simple, don’t stop reading and assume you know it all. It’s likely you’ll discover at least one shooting tip to implement into your skillset to become a better shooter.
Mastering the art of your breath isn’t easy, and it doesn’t come natural. However, it can really make a huge difference to your ability. Most shooters make the mistake of either breathing abnormally or holding their breath when firing. Both of these can lead to your muscles involuntarily flinching due to lack of oxygen (which can mess up your shot).
Instead, focus on breathing naturally. Once you’re ready, fire in the seconds between your natural inhale and exhale. This window of about five seconds will give your body enough time to calmly and accurately fire your round.
Whether it’s due to pressure, anticipating recoil, or the thrill of the hunt, shooters minds and bodies can often be tense when shooting. And this can prevent them from hitting the bullseye of that target.
The trick to combat this is to get into a predictable routine every time you shoot. When you’re ready to fire, focus on your movements: shouldering the rifle, firmly pressing your cheek against the top of your stock, honing in on the target, placing the finger lightly on the trigger, and fluidly squeezing it back.
The more your brain focuses on this sequence of events, the more your body will relax and follow suit.
Take the opportunity to get in some dry fire practice using the above routine. This can help you be ready next time the pressure’s on.
Aiming may seem simple, but it’s actually more complex than many shooters realize. That’s because sight alignment, developing a sight picture, and a shooter’s natural point of aim all become a factor.
When using iron sights, it’s important to keep your focus on the front sight. On the other hand, if you’re using scopes, you must ensure you have a full field of view.
Once all of these things are taken care of, line up the front blade or crosshairs with where you want your bullet to go.
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This is pre-flight for the moment of truth. For a two-stage trigger, you need to take up the slack before you completely break a shot, ensuring you don’t jerk the trigger. But it’s also the time to stop to re-evaluate your shooting condition and target — has the wind changed? Is that bull elk about to disappear into timber?
You also essentially stop everything that might throw you off the mark — body movement, breathing, disconcerting thoughts about missing the shot. A marksman is at his stillest point of the process in body and mind — one that lasts for fleeting moments. After a few precious seconds, muscles twitch and the mind will wander to next month’s mortgage payment. It’s a tall task learning when to make the most of this opportunity; fundamentally, it’s a chore of shooting batches of ammo until it becomes second nature. But once you learn to capitalize on this golden window, you’ll absolutely make the bullseye tremble.
The trigger squeeze is by far one of the most influential factors in determining your accuracy. And, in the end, it all comes down to just a few tiny muscles in one single finger.
For better or worse, the term “trigger squeeze” is spoken again and again. However, it’s understanding the meaning that makes the difference. It’s a squeeze – not a tap, not a pull, and not a jerk.
This is important because squeezing the trigger gives you the most amount of control, and provides the greatest potential for the bullet to have the smoothest and steady path possible. It also helps maintain the firearm’s alignment with the target.
If you pull, tap, or jerk the trigger, the bullet will likely shift to the side and you’ll miss out on having dead-on accuracy.
It’s also crucial to place your finger correctly on the middle of the trigger. This helps guarantee you have a clean, smooth squeeze all the way through.