You can work on the fundamentals of shooting like breath control, consistent grip tension, sight alignment and trigger squeeze
, and not burn up a lot of money doing it.
A slow shift of the shotgun and a trigger squeeze
produced my first Osceola gobbler.
I don't even feel my trigger squeeze
until I feel the weight of the shaft leaving the gun."
Breath control, trigger squeeze
and technique, everything comes into play as you aim at the target which is 10 metres away.
With their slow barrel times, air rifles demand the best trigger squeeze
and follow-through you can muster.
Just remember that the most important thing is not the location of the pin at the time of the shot but the consistent trigger squeeze
and the ensuing surprise release.
Normal procedure in firing a rifle is to apply even thumb pressure to the stock equal to that of the trigger finger during trigger squeeze
. Such pressure is not always equal between thumb and finger, resulting in uneven pressure to the stock, which was exactly what I was seeing.
This also makes it easier to use a back-tension trigger squeeze
, slowly closing the entire hand (or at least index and middle finger in unison) to tension the trigger, instead of the single trigger digit.
The SWAT team immediately noticed that the officers lacked sight picture, trigger squeeze
, and proper sight alignment (front and rear sighting).
The trigger squeeze
should be an intentional and controlled action, almost gentle, applying even rearward pressure on the trigger until the round is fired.
Though the AQT has its roots in a time when the bolt-action Springfield '03 was still in common use, and Appleseed lore is the record score on the course, which was set by a septuagenarian Master competitor in NRA Smallbore using an iron sight, bolt-action .22, the simple fact is the semiautomatic gives the shooter more time to concentrate on trigger squeeze
. When you have less than a minute to drop from standing into the designated shooting position, load, fire two and reload eight (an homage to the honored M1 Garand and its 8-round en bloc clip), and do it all in less than a minute, a "time and motion study" favors the autoloader.
Prices range from less than a buck per trigger squeeze
for mart-special ammunition to just over a buck for premium-grade ammo.