Unexpected Benefits of Competitive Shooting
For some shooters, the word "competition" may be a little intimidating. It conjures up images of athletes who, no matter what target they face, can place their shot in the bullseye with little to no effort. I hear this explanation many times as a reason for not engaging in the shooting sports or competitions. Another reason some give is that having their shooting timed makes them nervous. That little innocuous box with the loud beep tends to make shooter forget everything they had in mind before it went off. Yet, another reason I have heard is that someone new to the shooting sports gets nervous when people are watching them. Or, a shooter doesn’t feel ready yet. Sadly, all these reasons have kept beginning to intermediate shooters away from a sport that has many benefits.
Learn to Shoot Under Pressure
If you think that little timer is scary, think of facing a bad guy. Getting out to local matches on a regular basis and shooting under the pressure of the clock is a great way to cultivate your shooting skills with the presence of adrenaline and with a little less risk. From personal experience, I learned that this type of pressure practice created benefits in other areas of my life, not just shooting. Over time I was less prone to anxiety in stressful situations and was less likely to panic in the face of an emergency.
Learn to Focus
This may not happen at first, but shoot enough matches and you’ll be able to tune out what is going on around you as far as a distraction. You’ll learn that you won’t get the hits you need unless you are focused on what you’re doing, focusing on your front sight or focusing on the plan for shooting the scenario that is part of a stage. When you are fully focused on the task at hand, your shooting will become smoother.
Tracy Hughes is a firearms instructor, competitive shooter, facilitator for A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League and the owner of Brilliant Backstraps.
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