You achive stability through balance, statics, conscious
relaxation and through shooting attire. A stable shooting
position is steadier and offers greater resistance to the
Our thoughts have a stubborn character. We can hardly steer
them away from something. Should, for example, a light panic
take hold of us during a competition, our mind would clutch
the nega-tive pictures and fears. As with stubborn children,
however, a trick can help to release this fixation. The
knack lies in captivating the thoughts with a different
topic. Sensibly enough in sports, these are subject matters
that benefit the action- Such as breathing or certain,
technical details. Whoever concentrates on the balance and
statics of his shooting position automatically forgets
everything negative. Try it with your next panic attack.
Simply think of your next shot, and the bad thoughts will
disappear, as of their own accord.
STANDING SHOOTING POSITION-STABILITY
The stability of your standing shooting posi-tion only
affects the steadiness of your stance. Furthermore, it has a
considerable influence on the gun's deflection when a shot
is tired. When your stance is firm and your body parts are
braced together, your smallbore rifle will not jump nearly
as much, upon releasing a shot, as when your stance is
relaxed. With an air line, this difference is not so
noticeable, but it has an equally strong effect on your
shooting accuracy. A solid shooting position "absorbs" minor
mistakes, when a shot is released, because the position's
stability offers greater resistance to such impulses.
A vital factor in the stabilization of the shooting position
is the shooting attire. Jackets and trousers made of stiff
canvas envelope the body like a casing and thus absorb many
disturbances resulting from your swaying, mistakes with the
release and the recoil of the gun. Consequently, your
movements increase considerably when you shoot without a
jacket, and the deflection of your rifle is far greater when
you fire a shot.
TEST AND TRAINING
Shooting without a jacket or even without trousers and shoes
is an excellent way to per-ceive and improve the stability
of your shooting position. Before beginning your normal
shooting, you should fire ten to 20 shots without your usual
shooting garb in order to preserve your sturdiness.
Increased sturdiness is achieved through various measures,
that are taken one after the other. so tliat the rirle is
ultimately steady and stable.
1. Balance: As explained in part one, you should make sure
that your weight is equally distributed over your heels
2. Statics: Weight is placed on your bones and joints.
Muscular tension is reduced as much as possible.
3. Breathing: Breathe deeply from the stomach and let
yourself "sink together". While you sink several
millimeters in yourself, your sta-bility increases
4. Inward rotation: When you turn your shoulders toward
the target, the mucles and tendons of your upper body
stiffen. Find the right extent here which must always be
the same. When you breathe out and relax, your torso
stabilizey even more.
5. Feel the shot: Concentrate on the impulse upon releasing
a shot and observe the deflec-tion of the muzzle
(maintain your hold!).
Try to increase resistance by modifying your shooting
position and muscular tension intuitively.
6. Release: Your stability is right, when nothing more
occurs with the shot release than a small jump which is
caused by the system. After the shot, the front sight
should exactly return to the center.
Following this practice, you should put on your shooting
jacket. You will be amazed how much stability your shooting
position gains by this. Since you practically shot
"undressed" be-fore, you had to work more carefully and
neat-ly. This training experience will have clearly
improved the precision of your preparation.
Shots fired without a jacket are also naturally I allowed
during trial shooting before a match. They draw your
attention to the technique and give you additional
confidence after you put on your jacket.
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