Gabby Franco, an American firearms instructor and Olympian competitor, comments on some common mistakes shooters make. Some of the errors are made without shooters even noticing and in some cases these mistakes go undetected for years.
The first mistake is when shooters blink with every shot. Gabby says that this is a normal reaction of the body, but shooters need to learn how to control this. Blinking generally tends to happen before or during the most important moment of the shooting process, which is when the shooter squeezes the trigger.
The second mistake is the so-called "Death Grip"Â�. Most shooters don't realize that they tend to grip the gun increasingly tighter as they shoot. This mistake makes the shooter pull the trigger more aggressively, which has a detrimental effect on their aim and the accuracy of their shot placement.
The third mistake is to focus on the target and ignore the sight alignment. Most shooters know that in order to shoot accurately they need to focus on the front sight at all times, however it is very common for them to switch their focus from the sight alignment to the target whilst shooting. This results in their shot group becoming wider and they have less probabilities to hit the bullseye.
The last mistake is to squeeze the trigger with the joint of the finger. With a few exceptions, like firearms with heavy trigger pulls, some shooters use the joint of their finger to pull the trigger on standard semi-automatic firearms which makes their shots to land below the bullseye. This usually results in right-hand shooters hitting at the bottom left and left-hand shooters hitting the target at the bottom right.
By being mindful of these potential pitfalls during the shooting process, bad habits and other mistakes can be avoided and accuracy will improve.
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