Attitude when shooting:
To E.Engler: attitude
I can only speak from a competition perspective, but I would be
happy to share with you some things that I have learned the hard way.
If you enter a competition, lets take a 50 shot DCM service rifle match, the first thing to remember is that it is not a 50 shot match. It is a 1 shot match 50 times over. If you fire a very good shot, give yourself a little pat on the back, try to burn it into your subconcience exactly what it felt like. then sort of put it aside and get ready for the next shot. If you fire a bad shot, and know why it was bad, other than marking it down it the logbook. forget it. You dont want to teach your mind to remember how to make bad shots, only good shots. Never try to keep a running tab on what your score might be by the end of the match if you do this or that. Just keep taking those shots one at a time giving each one your best effort until the the match is over. Never give up! I dont know how many times I sort of let down at 600 yards because I did not do as well as I expected to do in the earlier parts of the match figuring that I was out of the running anyway, only to find out that I missed placing by 1 or 2 points. The true competitor also welcomes anything mother nature can throw his way, because he knows that it might make the other guys let down their efforts and thus give him a better chance to win. This is the reason for the old saying "Wind is a shooters friend."
S.C.D.H., Ohio USA - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 07:35:04 (EST)
Steve, it wasn't attitude but your post was right on the money. I get a rush feeling when I just know that the shot was true. Five minutes before a practice shoot I just sit at the bench or lay prone and try to recapture the feeling. My range is limited to 200 yds (not counting action pistol or clay bird ranges), so I don't regularly have 600 to shoot but still even at 200...when your on your on.
Its warming up, 40 deg, Ny USA - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 14:05:23 (EST)
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