I was the guy who ran the pistol range during the Navy/Marine Corps pistol matches that year.
It was an amazing thing to see how skillful some of these Veterans had become with the 1911 pistol.
Let's just say that I picked up a thing or two from these old salty dogs, and today I'm here to share the top 5 shootings tips that I picked up while training with these experts.
- Clothing – Wear the proper clothing for the climate you will be training in.
- Gloves – Wearing leather shooting gloves and inserts is key. Every time your heart beats it pumps a surge of blood through your body including your arms, hands, and fingers. The surge is strong enough to be felt and physically noticeable when looking down the sights of your weapon. Anytime your heart pumps you may notice a slight rise and fall of the sights. Putting gloves on your hands minimizes the slight movement caused by your heart beats. The slightest movement will change your shots by inches downrange…
- Eye Patch – Wear some type of cover or eye patch over your non shooting eye. Closing your eye all day will cause stress and strain in your eyes. As the day goes on your shots may start to get worse. It is better to keep both eyes open. A simple eye cover can be constructed by cutting cardboard off your ammo boxes and taping them onto the inside of your shooting glasses.
- Ear Protection – Always go with double ear protection, it keeps you from going deaf, and will allow you to focus on the shot. It can be distracting to hear another shooter unload a bunch of rounds, right before you take your shot.