“Shoot­ing well is a jour­ney, not a race”

To be­come a bet­ter shot, you have to be ded­i­cated. Tom Payne be­lieves Pa­trick Gal­braith might fi­nally be get­ting some­where

Shooting Times & Country Magazine - - GAME SHOOTING -

As this se­ries draws to a close, it would be safe to say that it has been an in­ter­est­ing and amus­ing ride. At the start, Pa­trick ap­proached me about a se­ries of ar­ti­cles look­ing at how much the av­er­age Shot can im­prove their game shoot­ing dur­ing the off sea­son.

I spent some time think­ing about who might be a good sub­ject and then went back to him: “You’re pretty av­er­age. If you’ve got the time, why don’t you do it?”

He took this well and said he’d get back to me. The fol­low­ing week he called to say he was keen. In many ways, he was the per­fect can­di­date. Like so many Shoot­ing Times read­ers, he gets out a lot, but is ul­ti­mately self­taught, so finds him­self con­tin­u­ally re­in­forc­ing bad habits he has picked up over the years.

It wasn’t an easy start be­cause, in or­der to im­prove your shoot­ing, you have to com­mit, ded­i­cate your­self and your time to get­ting bet­ter and be able to ride the ups and downs that come with im­prov­ing. It is never plain sail­ing and lots of peo­ple don’t want to face get­ting worse be­fore they get much bet­ter.

I work on my shoot­ing all the time and I still have those frus­trat­ing days where, for no rhyme or rea­son, things just don’t click. In that re­gard, it is just like any other sport.

Trust your eyes

At the be­gin­ning, Pa­trick’s first de­ci­sion was to see if he could shoot with both eyes open — some­thing he’d never done, hav­ing grad­u­ated from an air ri­fle. Eye dom­i­nance aside, and that must be cor­rect in or­der to even at­tempt the change, it takes time learn­ing to trust your eyes and move away from aim­ing a shot­gun. The first few ses­sions for Pa­trick, as you would ex­pect, were met with vary­ing suc­cess, but as he started to un­der­stand bet­ter how a shot­gun works, he be­gan to be­lieve in what he was see­ing.

We spent a lot of time de­vel­op­ing his tech­nique, again not an easy task

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