Going away to competitions can be a daunting experience. Its new, there are different people about, it could even be in a different country. Having a productive Official or Pre-Event Training could make the difference between a successful shoot and complete failure!.
These training sessions should be about checking everything is fine, rather than working on problems.
Here’s our advice on making the most of these training sessions.
The first session should be used to gauge the range and ensure your equipment is working well.
Take a walk along the range and have a look at it. Consider the following points
- Is the firing point flat? Does it lean in any direction?
- Does it bounce when walked on?
- What height are the targets at compared to your home range? (do you need to move your butt plate?)
- What tables / chairs are available?
- Where are the results boards (so you know where to ignore them during competition)?
- Which direction is the wind prominent?
- What path will the sun take?
- Will the sun shine in your face at any point?
- Is mirage likely?
- What are the flags like? Light/heavy responsive/”dumbed down”
Write all these things down in your diary (for future reference or to remind yourself on the day of competition)
Firstly – WARM UP!
Set up your rifle checking all bolts are to the required tightness (and I mean every bolt, it is preferred to loosen the bolt then re-tighten. Travel can do strange things to rifles)
Check clothing (sling/straps, buttons)
For your training session, the following session is a simple example and could be modified to your individual needs, however keep it simple.
For this session you will concentrate on technical elements. Observe where the target alignment is in relation to the firing point
Get into position and get comfortable, then check target heights, where are you pointing? Double check and move as needed.
Break position and double check. Then move onto some shooting. Dry fire until you feel that everything feels ok. Take a break, removing jacket and repeat the dry firing exercise.
You are looking to only check that the rifle is performing and has travelled well so there should be no strange sounds, (metallic) or movements.
Once that looks good move onto live shooting but again concentrate only on how the rifle feels and again there are no strange sounds or movements. Do this for 10 shots, then fire another ten shots but concentrate on “good shots” only!
Take note of your settings or any movements you have made in your diary!!!