Posted: 1/2/2003 6:56:53 AM EDT
I have been using my scoped bushy for a while now and have been getting better groupings at the 100 yd range...but, I would really like to get better. Are there any recommended books or tapes out there that help teach someone the finer points of target shooting? I don't have military experience to fall back on, so I have to find other sources.
I really want to step up to the 200 yd range, but want to get better before I decide to start embarrassing myself at the 200.
Thanks for your input.
I'd say, get better at offhand shooting. There are not going to be any benches on the battlefield. Besides I think the better you become at shooting offhand, the better you will be on a bench.
Not to many ways to improve the groupings on a 16" bbl AR, other than going to a longer bbl, match grade ammo, match grade trigger, matched upper and lower etc.
1. Shooting stance
2. Sight allignment
3. Breath control
4. Trigger pull
The rest is your weapon, ammo, visibility and weather conditions.
There is also something known as the "pucker factor". (In combat it's harder to maintain #'s 1 thru 4. That's why #5 is important.
Books are OK but you need practical expierence. Maybe you could meet some expeirenced shooters at the range who could give you some pointers?
Just a thought.
thanks guys..looks like I will keep doing what I have been doing....lots of practice from a lot of positions.
Good thing the ammo isn't too expensive or my wife would start giving me 'laser eyes".
If you'll look in (I think) American Rifleman there's several books written by retired Marines about shooting rifles. While we Marines didn't invent good shooting, we sure did make it our standard! >gg<
There's also some videos out but I haven't seen any of them so I cannot comment on their quality.
One thing I learned to get better was have someone watch me to see if I was doing anything noticeably wrong: jerking the trigger, body position, etc. etc.
Hope this helps.
Not to steal your thread here to go off on a rant but. I often go out a couple times a years with my brother and we go shooting. He really likes shooting his Old Muaser. Anyway we were at my club like many other times, And I asked him when is he going to get off the bench. He said He cant good unless he is shooting from the bench. I tried to tell him that unless he tries and starts practicing to shoot prine sitting kneelin and offhand you are not going to get any better. It Just bugs me how people always shoot from the bench. I had one guy tell me at my club while I was between strings of Rapid fire prone practice for my highpower matches., You know if you rest the rifle on something you will get better groups.
Oh and by the way if you want to get some tips on shooting see if a club in your area has a reduced course Highpower Match. You will see alot of shooters and get some tips.
And one other Dont be afraid to shoot is 200 yards, Just give it a shot. Get something that is like 12 inches in Diameter and give it a shot. Its only 100 more yards.