Let's start at the beginning, where are your feet? A key element to precision shooting is consistency. You want to shoot the same way every time you pull the trigger. The more you eliminate inconsistency the more you can focus on other things that impact your shot. For me, that starts with my feet. When I first get to the firing line, before I even touch my gear, I find where my feet go. I practice arm raises with my eyes closed and then adjust my feet based on where my eyes tell me to move. No twisting, no lateral arm movement. Close your eyes, raise your arm, look down your arm at the target then move your feet to adjust. And once you find where your feet go, mark it. I prefer a couple of simple pieces of tape. Now over the course of the match you can return quickly and easily to your shooting position.
If you'd like to get a consistent grip on your gun, look to the Precision Target Pistol Grips website and learn more about the benefits of a custom grip.
One Size Does Not Fit All- I wanted to share two stories of one size does not fit all. Granted, they are extremes, but in precision shooting we all need gear that fits us best. Precision Target Pistol Grips was glad to help these two outstanding young shooters get into gear that actually fits them. Both happen to be rifle grips, but the same lessons and benefits apply to pistol shooters as well.
First meet Gracie Hoyt. I met Gracie last year at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She was there competing and needed a very particular grip for her rifle. Gracie is a para-Olympic shooter and needs a small secondary grip behind her standard grip to accommodate how she shoots. I’ve circled it in the photo. It is very small, but exactly what she needs. And as you can see from the electronic scoring report, she really can shoot with it.
The second is Ben Collins, a collegiate shooter from Purdue University. He had exactly the opposite issue. Ben’s hand is so large that it overflowed around the bottom of a standard-size rifle grip. I created the grip you see here for him to finally be able to get a solid hold on his rifle.
It doesn’t matter of you’ve got a very big hand, a very small one, or like most of us, one somewhere in between. A grip properly sized will help you get a consistent hold on your gun and that in turn will result in more 10s down range. Reach out to Precision Target Pistol Grips today to see how we might be able to help you get a grip that finally fits. And if you know someone who might appreciate Gracie and Ben’s stories, Share this post with them.
About the blog-
In addition to making grips, customers who know my background in coaching often look to me for advice on how to become a more accurate shooter. In the interest of sharing some knowledge, READY ON THE FIRING LINE will be a regular feature with tips and advice on precision shooting.
Andrew Berryhill is the creator of Precision Target Pistol Grips, an International and Bullseye coach and competitive shooter.