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Post by orpheoet on 2/22/2015, 11:06 am

I've been shooting Bullseye for about a year. Just made indoor Sharpshooter and my 1911 scores are creeping up to my .22 level.
How many guns do you practice with at one time? I usually bring .22 with dot 1911 with dot and one or the other with iron sights. But I think I'm doing too many.
I shoot a NMC with each gun and have just started working through the Marine manual with .22. What else should a newbie be doing. I dry fire at home as well....
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Post by Rob Kovach on 2/22/2015, 11:50 am

Did you see this thread?
http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t3838-practice-routine

I saw answers that somewhat speak to your question in the thread that Ed Hall linked to.
http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t2071-what-do-you-practice-at-the-range
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Post by CR10X on 2/22/2015, 12:34 pm

It does not matter what you shoot. It does matter that you have something specific planned and written down in the diary to train on. Then write what and how you did. Sight alignment, trigger, grip, etc.

Have fun but use the time wiselym

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Post by Froneck on 2/25/2015, 7:20 am

One thing I might add to CR10X is other scores mean nothing to you, the score you strive to beat is your previous score. At first it's easy but as you get better another point gets a bit harder to add but it will come with practice. Also remember practice does not make perfect. Shooting until your knee deep in brass will do nothing if you go to the range and just blaze away. Perfect Practice makes Perfect! Make your practice meaningful, practice something.
 One thing I tell all new shooters everyone starts someplace so if your a Marksman now with a bit of practice you be a Sharpshooter and continue upward. But when you need help or have questions ask them of Higher Classifications! It seems every one of the ones that were in the Marksman class for a long time seem to think they know everything about shooting! They know what it takes for everyone else to become High Masters but they can't get out of that classification! Too often they are the ones that will tell you how to shoot a better score! Usually a Master or High Master will not come to you but will be happy to help if you ask them!

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Post by orpheoet on 2/25/2015, 7:40 am

I'm always listening to what the good shooter have to say. At regional I heard a guy saying he's not smart enough to shoot bad. Don't overthink the shot. That little snippet made my scores go up.(that guy knows his stuff, I'm sure you can guess who it was) The range officer at a local 1800 pointed out to all the lousy shots(myself included) that everyone was putting the gun down immediately after every slow fire shot. I took his advice and started reacquiring the target after each shot. My timed and rapid started going up... My ears are open:) thanks for all the info
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Post by mspingeld on 2/25/2015, 8:19 am

I suggest you read Ed Halls articles at http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/12PPC01.html. That's the first one with a link to the next etc.

The Army Marksmanship manual is good reading: http://www.bullseyepistol.com/amucover.htm

The Marine workbook is a great training "program": http://www.brianzins.com/wp-content/uploads/USMCPistolTeamWorkbook.pdf

Hope this is helpful.

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Post by Froneck on 2/25/2015, 8:35 am

One thing is to get a gun that is as accurate as you can afford. Almost any .22 will shoot great. But when choosing a 45 get something that will shoot in the 10 ring, if it don't shoot 10 ring at 50 yards don't use it at 50 yards, shoot reduced 25 yard slow fires. If your shooting a match then do the best you can at 50 yards but practice at 25 yards.
 It's very important that the gun shoot where you pointed it! If you shot a 10 but the gun puts the bullet in the 8 ring you have no idea what you did and assume you shot an 8. After a while you will be completely confused and not know how to make a good shot. Don't do as I see many new shooters do, adjust the sights! I see them adjust after every shot. Adjust to a group, in practice it does not make any difference where your shots are, getting a good group it what you should strive for. Eventually you can adjust the group to the center of the black. Sometimes on bad days I'll shoot indoors at 50', my shots are usually high, I don't care, I look at the group!
 It becomes very important for the gun to put the bullet as you shot it. If you did everything as needed to shoot a 10 you need to have the gun to put that bullet in the 10 ring. When that happens you experience an AH HA moment. You understand what has to be done to shoot a 10 and say Ah Ha!!!

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