WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR
In this month’s issue, we have plenty of lovely products that will start you thinking about which new items added to your shooting kit could make you a more successful shot. This applies to us all, whether we’re hunters, competitors or back-garden plinkers. I’m as bad as anybody when it comes to lusting after sexy new products, but I learned a long time ago that 95% of a successful shot is preparation and training. With this is mind, I’ve written the second in my series in understanding what is known as ‘external ballistics‘ – in other words, what happens to our pellets in flight.
Even if we hold the perfect sight picture and release the trigger correctly, if we don’t understand the gravity and wind effect on the pellet’s flight, the chances are we’ll miss. Last month, I covered trajectory and in this issue, I’ve begun to write about windage, which is a tricky subject that needs respect. Practice is your friend when it comes to windage, and although it sounds like a daft idea, doing that on the windiest days can teach you a lot; days when you’d never consider hunting can be used well, to learn about mother nature’s cruel tricks in deflecting your pellet away from where you intended it to land.
Beyond this, time spent with your rifle in hand builds strength in the right areas, and muscle memory, that helps to make shots more instinctive, so that you’ll cope better under stress. Even a few shots every day in your back garden will be of huge benefit to your accuracy, and it’s one area in which we have an advantage over all other shooting sports. Think of it like brushing your teeth – although you don’t see the benefit immediately, in the long term it will reward you for your hard work.
Regular practise is key to shooting in the wind