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Learn Breathing And Trigger Control Of Your Rifle

Aug 17, 2007
Following is an interview with a gun specialist: "I would start out with a good .22 magnum rifle, in a bolt action. Learn / practice breathing, and practice good trigger control. I do not know if you plan to use iron sights or mount a scope on the rifle, but practice with iron sights first. You can try seachering the web and see what you come up with."

"They make .22 rifles, in a m-16 version. In .22 long rifle. The sights are similar. And you will have a familiarization with "Military" sights. Breathing, use of finger on the trigger, range estimation, and compensating for the wind are just a few of the things you will have to master. Knowing the weapon is the most important thing though."

"Firing a rifle before entering the Military is not a bad thing. Practice basic marksmanship, grouping your shots, practice breathing and trigger control. Yes, different strokes for different folks. I would expect that different branches teach different tactics, and methods for marksmanship. But, the basics of rifleman ship are all the same."

"Imagine how many different answers he is going to get. Well, the idea was that when you start to teach yourself how to shoot you form bad habits which your instructor has to get you to break. I also plan on getting an AR-15 when I get enough money. I wanted to get one so I can get the basic feel of an M-16."

"There's nothing wrong with shooting before entering a service. The problem lies with attitude, thinking that DS doesn't know what he's talking about. I kind of wish I have a .22Magnum, but my 10/22 serves me well. Advantage of 10/22 is that parts are readily available; you can put on heavy barrel, different stocks, upgraded parts on receiver, etc. Also, .22LR is sold almost everywhere and for less than .22Magnum."

"One bad habit that privates need to shake off is insisting that bullets rise up in trajectory after leaving the barrel. It does not rise up, what if you fired the rifle upside down? Is it going to hit the dirt? Bullets initially go up in trajectory only because of your aim point (distance of target). You can ask all the questions you want, but you won't be a better shot without practice."

"I stand behind my comment 100% as a former instructor; I have had to instruct shooters to break all kinds of bad habits. It is actually easier to teach someone who has never shot versus someone who is self taught or taught by friends and family with no military experience in the incorrect manner. As has been abundantly mentioned, a 22LR or Mag would be the optimum starter! First you should familiarize yourself with weapon safety!"

"The 22 has nada for recoil, which allows you to concentrate on the important issues about shooting. Breathe control, trigger squeeze consistency in your aim point and the proper sight picture. Start out with a rifle with iron sights, there'll be time enough (when your eyes get old) to switch to a scope! All these lessons you learn now will serve you very well when (or if) you move up in caliber."

"In my opinion, it's much better if you practice marksmanship before you join. The best snipers were often hunters. I shoot plenty and don't have any bad habits. My dad would correct me on any bad habits, so I see nothing wrong with practicing, as long as you have someone who knows how to shoot. Some of the best snipers are/were hunters... which mean they had been shooting accurately for years, not a few months or weeks. Their military instructors probably didn't notice/mention if they had any bad habits as they were shooting accurately so didn't need more scrutiny."

"Though I have also seen folks who said they had been shooting or hunting for years and said they knew what shooting was all about, shoot horrendously and fail to qualify many times. As to whether you have any bad habits or not I couldn't say. I don't know your fathers history (whom you indicated taught you too shoot) or do I know your history as your profile doesn't give any indication of experience."
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for http://www.WarGear.info/. WarGear.info carries the best selection of military clothing, war gear, and combat accessories on the market.
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