Reply To: Accurate Shooting Tips for Struggling Shooters – UPDATED ON 2/11/2016
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One way of comprehending how not to introduce pressure is by doing something like this: let the gun rest while it is aimed at a target. Next, look through your scope; when you bring your firing hand into position the crosshairs should not move away from your aim point. The aim here (excuse the pun) is to let your firing hand function to merely pull the trigger and not be used as additional support in holding the rifle. When slowly pulling the trigger, once you have followed what has been delineated so far, you will see that the crosshairs of your scope stay fixed to your point-of-aim.
ADDENDUM: When pulling the trigger, the motion of your trigger finger should be straight back. Try to draw an imaginary line that runs straight from the center of the trigger shoe to the rear center of the butt of the stock or grip. What I like to do instead is focus on the crosshairs, and as I pull the trigger I imagine that I am reeling them into my sighting eye. It is kind of like how an aircraft ground marshall guides a plane in front of him onto the runway with his two batons.
In order for the pellet to fly straight everything has to be straight! The front and rear bags as well as the movement of your hands and trigger finger-pull has to follow one line and one line only. If these are done perfectly, the crosshairs/sights of your gun will stay glued to the point-of-aim as stated in the article. However, the rifle is actually moving as you slowly pull the trigger, only it is doing so straight back. You just cannot see it; if you are shooting off hand, though, you can feel it move. This is an indication that you have done everything right and are ready to fire.