There’s a word that didn’t ex­ist un­til a few weeks ago – now we’re all do­ing it! OT shooter Ge­orgina Roberts shares her tips for train­ing at home

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OT shooter Ge­orgina Roberts’ tips for train­ing at home

Now that we’re stuck at home, we all want to con­tinue as best we can with our train­ing, and emerge from lock­down rar­ing to pick up where we left off. There are nu­mer­ous ways we can do this which are still en­gag­ing and ef­fec­tive, with­out even hav­ing to pull the trig­ger. Let’s look at a few ideas that I’ve been us­ing at home my­self, and shar­ing with friends and fel­low shoot­ers via so­cial me­dia.

I’ve also been keep­ing on top of my work­outs – that is an­other way I’m try­ing to stay on track and focused on my end goal, and I’ve found it’s re­ally ben­e­fit­ting my men­tal well­be­ing whilst in lock­down. In fact I’m now re­ally look­ing for­ward to my work­outs each day!

Dry Mount­ing

This is the process of bring­ing the gun to

the shoul­der and then into the face as you would when on the range, but with­out pulling the trig­ger or us­ing am­mu­ni­tion. So why should we do it? Well, when we talk about a con­sis­tent gun mount, we are re­fer­ring to the po­si­tion of the bar­rel and its align­ment to our eye, mak­ing sure this is the same ev­ery time. This also cov­ers the po­si­tion of the gun in the shoul­der and face, en­sur­ing the stock sits com­fort­ably within the shoul­der pocket under the col­lar bone and that the cheek is placed firmly on the comb.

Not ev­ery­one will mount the gun in the same way, but it’s vi­tal that we can re­peat it per­fectly each time. By sim­u­lat­ing this process, it en­ables us to achieve a con­sis­tent gun mount if we prac­tise it re­peat­edly. This can help us de­velop a more smooth and con­trolled move­ment to a tar­get. It also al­lows us to prac­tise our rou­tine – for ex­am­ple, the phys­i­cal and men­tal as­pects of our tech­niques.

So that’s why, now let’s look at how to do it. Be­fore we start it’s im­por­tant to make sure you have a safe space to do this, where you aren’t go­ing to dam­age your gun or other peo­ple if you swing your bar­rels and hit them. It’s also essen­tial to make sure your gun is empty to en­sure there are no mishaps.

If pos­si­ble, wear your full shoot­ing kit to repli­cate a real-life sce­nario. Mak­ing sure your feet are in the right po­si­tion, pick a point on the wall or in the dis­tance that will be your gun hold point and an­other for your eye hold point. Use these as a guide as you fol­low your nor­mal gun mount rou­tine, in­clud­ing any phys­i­cal and men­tal as­pects you use un­til your gun is in your shoul­der. Re­peat this process un­til you’re happy that your gun is con­sis­tently in the right place. You can check this by mount­ing us­ing a mir­ror and by flick­ing your eyes back to the bar­rel to make sure it’s in the right place.

To step it up a notch, go through this same rou­tine with your eyes closed, only open­ing them when your gun is mounted in the shoul­der – then you can check to see if your eyes are still in the same place by look­ing down the rib. If they are, bril­liant. If not, this will al­low you to re-align the bar­rel with the eye and demon­strate that this is some­thing that needs more work.

Olympic Trap is a repet­i­tive sport, so even once you achieve a con­sis­tent gun mount, this type of work is a fan­tas­tic way to keep on top of your train­ing. It’s ef­fec­tive and free, so per­fect for days when you can’t get to the range – and there are plenty of those at the mo­ment!

Dry mount­ing prac­tice helps you achieve a con­sis­tent gun mount

Ge­orgina is for­tu­nate to have space at home to set up a dummy OT lay­out to prac­tise her rou­tines

Ge­orgina keeps in touch with friends and team­mates through so­cial me­dia

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