Last Shot

SHOOT­ING ON THE MOVE

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MAX MICHEL

Shoot­ing on the move is one of the most ad­vanced skills in all of the sport. To mas­ter this skill it takes re­lent­less hours in train­ing, but the even more daunt­ing task is know­ing when and when not to put it to use. This brings me to the first thing I would like to dis­cuss...

A. Risk vs. Re­ward

There are three things I take into con­sid­er­a­tion when de­cid­ing whether or not to shoot on the move. The first is the dif­fi­culty of the shot, sec­ond is the dis­tance of the tar­get, and third is the con­di­tion of the ter­rain. All too of­ten I see shoot­ers en­gag­ing tar­gets while mov­ing be­cause they feel it is nec­es­sary to shave time. But if the dif­fi­culty or the dis­tance of the tar­get forces you to shoot poorly or to take a penalty, what did you re­ally gain? Noth­ing. How­ever, if you do feel you can be suc­cess­ful on a con­sis­tent ba­sis, then go ahead and take ad­van­tage of shoot­ing on the move by ap­ply­ing the fol­low­ing tech­niques.

B. Tech­niques

There are four key steps to re­mem­ber while en­gag­ing tar­gets on the move that will al­low you to be suc­cess­ful.

The first step is keep­ing your knees bent to act as shock ab­sorbers, which will re­duce the move­ment of your weapon’s muz­zle.

Sec­ond is tak­ing small steps, rolling your feet in a heel-to-toe man­ner, and re­main­ing in con­tact with the ground at all times. This will also re­duce the arc of move­ment in your sights. If shoot­ing in re­treat, roll your feet in a toe-to-heel man­ner as this will en­sure there will be no sud­den move­ment of the sights. Third, your feet will be head­ing in the di­rec­tion of travel, so sim­ply pivot your up­per body to be square to the tar­get ar­ray. As you be­come more ad­vanced, you may want to try the tar­get leg method to help open your hips/stance a bit to the tar­get. The tar­get leg method is only dif­fer­ent in that your direc­tional leg will con­tinue head­ing in the di­rec­tion of travel but your tar­get leg will al­ways be point­ing out to­ward the tar­get. The ad­van­tage to this is that you will re­duce ten­sion in your up­per body as you are try­ing to pivot out to the tar­get.

Last, but cer­tainly not least, it’s im­por­tant to use a strict sight fo­cus any­time you’re en­gag­ing tar­gets on the move. I typ­i­cally have three dif­fer­ent types of sight pic­tures I uti­lize in Ac­tion Shoot­ing, but any­time I am mov­ing, I use a 100% sight fo­cus, re­gard­less of dis­tance or dif­fi­culty.

Here’s a sim­ple drill to try at home.

Laser pen/red dot op­tic

Sim­ply take a laser pen and hold it in your hand as if you were shoot­ing. Pick a small ob­ject on the wall such as a light switch and hold the laser on the ob­ject. Move for­ward, back­ward, lat­er­ally, and so on… Your goal is to keep the laser on the ob­ject dur­ing the en­tirety of move­ment. Of course, this doesn’t in­volve any ac­tual shoot­ing, but it does give you a very good idea of your tech­nique and if it is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing your sights on the tar­get while mov­ing. If you can’t main­tain sta­bil­ity while mov­ing, it will make it very dif­fi­cult to land shots on tar­get. Lasers and red dot op­tics teach the shooter so many valu­able lessons as you can see in this sim­ple drill, which aids in your shoot­ing on the move. In short, use the laser or red dot as a self-cor­rect­ing tool.

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