Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday night shoot

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Went shooting on Wednesday, much to my dismay it was not a competition, but all is not lost as practice makes perfect and I learned few things. The above photos are my targets from the shoot. The top photo is my best shoot free hand and the bottom is my best target shoot from a bi-pod. The bottom target is 4 points out of a hundred short of a perfect score.

It was ten volleys of ten rounds. I was not planning on going but decided to go just before it started. The fist five volleys I shot from a bi-pod to make get used to shooting at closer range as my gun was not sighted in for it. I made due, aiming a little low and to the left. I would have preferred to adjust my sight but it was a very fast pace.

An awareness of the pace of the event is something I will definitely take away from the experience. Keeping pace with the other shooters was a challenge as I often found myself struggling to load my gun in time. One of the volleys I even failed to get all ten of shots off. This was due mostly to my gun jamming. But constantly striving to load up in time was no help. Over all I was fairly tensed about trying to keep up.

Accuracy in shooting comes from a number of different factors. One of these factors is a steady hand. The less relaxed I am the worse my hand shakes. So to better myself as a shooter I need to work on relieving tension during shoots. There isn’t much I can I do about my gun my gun jamming as it was fully cleaned before the shoot; however I will able to better deal with the overall pace of the matches by purchasing a couple of additional 10 round clips. That would set my total count up to five allowing me to load up all before hand and then load up again during the halftime break.

Recently I have been debating on purchasing an upgrade to gun, something to improve my accuracy. Already having a sight that cost twice my gun it would have to help me steady my shot. In my experience, steadying the gun is the main issue that holds cost most shooters steadying the gun. For a while I was debating a front pistol grip. When a camera is mounted on a helicopter it is mounted with a soft mount as apposed to a solid mount as there will inevitability be shaking in the helicopter and the soft mount won’t transfer the shaking to the camera shot. This got me thinking if I did spend the money on the front grip it would only transfer more of my shake to the gun and ultimately through my shots. Furthermore when shooting I realized that I shot better with a light grip then a solid grip. My trigger is stiff in that it takes eight pounds of pressure to pull the trigger. While applying this to pull the trigger my aim is thrown off the most. So rather then spend my money on a front grip I will be spending my money on a lighter pull trigger. Normally a match trigger is only a two and a half pound lighter.

So from the trial run of the shooting match I learned that getting used to a match pace is something I will need to practice on and that I will be buying a couple of clips and a match trigger set. I am happy with how well I am shooting as I out shot the guy that ran the competition. That’s a feather in my hat.

1 comment:

  1. Hey nice article, i am into shooting, not competitively, just practice shooting for hunting. I went to a sporting clay shoot last weekend. Awesome, after 100some rounds you get alittle sore but it was fun