More Slow Fire scores

I shot again this evening. My first target of the night was not a great start: 74. The very first shot was way out in the white, and I had a few more by the time my first ten shots were up. The string felt reckless. I took shots I should not have taken, and the second target, though better, had some similar aspects.

In both cases, the very first shot of the string was a flier. I seem to remember that same phenomenon happening on a few targets. On one target, the first shot was in the white, but then the next four were tens.

So, I will try to counter that first shot problem by not taking the first shot. Instead, I will dry fire the first shot on Slow Fire targets until I see a clean shot break. Then I will move to live rounds.

Another thought that occurred to me while I was shooting was a memory from a Small Arms Firing School I attended at Camp Perry a number of years ago. One of the shooters giving a talk proposed this: Many of you want to hear us spill the secrets of great shooting. Well, there is no secret. The difference between a great shooter and an average shooter is just this: A great shooter doesn’t fire the bad shots.

So, underlying that idea is this: It is my decision to fire or not to fire. If I bring the gun up and something in the process indicates that the shot is questionable, there is no reason to take the shot, during Slow Fire. I should lower the gun, take a breath, and start the cycle over.

So, with those in mind, I finally did shoot a decent Slow Fire target. It was a 93, with all the shots in the 8-ring or higher (X, 10, 10, 10, 10, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8).

It is good to end on a good target, but, wow, what a spread from 74 to 93. That’s a really big spread. Part of the game is consistency, and that first target was very telling. I need a little more focus.

Author: Davin Granroth

Davin is Chief Operating Officer for Covenant Eyes, Inc. in Owosso, MI, USA, where he gets to mix his background in user experience design, research, and strategy with the operation of a software company. For more, see his LinkedIn profile.

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  1. Dear Sir:
    I am the Moderator for ‘BULLSEYESHOOTERS’ at Yahoo Groups. This Group is “Dedicated to all aspects of Bullseye Pistol Shooting…” (See URL)
    I am writing to request your permission to post your “More Slow Fire scores” to help answer a Group member’s question on ‘Lower Slow Fire Scores’.
    Or, better yet, your participation in this discussion would be most welcome. As such I ask you please consider posting it to the Group directly along with any other insights you may have.
    Thank you,
    Patrick Cimo

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