Sin-ster Posted January 30, 2012 Share Posted January 30, 2012 I am 90% sure this is where my points are going (Production shooter), but I wanted to run my thought process/evidence across some other folks and see what they think. Evidence: 1) I am "really close" to where I want/need to be in calling my shots-- when the sights jerk, I see it; some of the time, I even notice them indexed on the wrong part of the target (stand-and delivers especially, like Standards, Speed Shoots and Classifiers). But I wind up with a lot of "outside C's" and several D's that I had no clue were going to be on the target. 2) I maul plate racks, pins, and consecutive/lined up pieces of steel-- and call the shots that miss them 95% of the time. Steel mixed in with paper is a one-for-one proposition 90%+ of the time as well. I am in fact MOST confident/comfortable on steel-- especially poppers. 3) A few of my "surprise points down" are clearly from transitioning too early-- right on line with where the gun would be moving towards the next target. Many are "early" in the transition to the next target-- where the gun is tracking towards the A-zone. 4) Running Bill Drills at even 10 yards, I simply do not get past the middle of the C-zone with bad shots-- even out running my eyes/the sights, when I'm pushing/searching out my limits. Non-A hits are extremely rare to find any more than 1" outside of the zone, and I always have some visual or even physical feedback to indicate when/why it happened. (I.E. watching the sights drift towards the left of the target and start to track erratically, while feeling my right arm tense up, and death grip set in.) However, many of my "surprise points down" come on targets at or well inside this range. 5) While running my rifle, in practice and mini-matches, I know with 100% certainty where every shot goes-- called off the movement of the dot (EOTech) *and* the spot on the target where it's located. (Wow, it's such a cool feeling-- to the point where I realized yesterday it's not happening that way with my Production gun.) Subsequent conclusions: 1) Indeed, the sights are not being disturbed through the trigger press-- I'm just not aiming where I need to be. Movement exacerbates this-- I'm not being visually patient enough, or just not looking for the proper spot on the targets. "Shooting brown." 2) The fixed distances, limited hit zones, lack of different scoring zones, and the distinct outlines of the plates, pins and poppers doesn't allow me to "shoot brown". It's hit or miss, and I have to index the sights properly no matter what. 3) I am fixated on the sights, and only half-aware of the target beyond them. I move the gun early and don't notice it, or break the shot early because I see "enough" target beyond the sights. (I think I'm jumping the gun on some of the transitions as well, and losing the visual patience to see the sights lift-- but it's far more rare, and a separate issue.) 4) With one target to draw to, I obviously start focused in on the upper A-zone and the first shot goes there. With nothing else to worry about, my visual focus keeps it there. As my technique breaks down on the trigger, it's simply not enough to account for the bad shots I see in stages (especially Field Courses). I *must* be "shooting brown". 5) Shooting a "dot" on the rifle means that there's only one focal plane, upon which the actual POA is super-imposed on a clearly visible target. I don't have anything else to be aware of-- no "clear focus on the front sight", sense of its relationship to the rears, and (the one I seem to be forgetting) awareness of how they're both indexed on the target. In other words, it's a lot easier-- and seeing what I need to see comes naturally. It also occurs to me that I have never once worked on this in the time I've been taking my shooting seriously. That changes today in dry fire, for better or for worse-- and will extend to my long live-fire day on Friday. I just wanted to make sure this all made sense, and I wasn't ignoring/overlooking something... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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