Calling your shots…

OR, what do they mean when they ask ‘are you calling your shots?’

 

One of the frustrations facing ‘newbies’ is the meaning of the various phrases beloved by coaches and well-meaning and more experienced colleagues; one of these phrases is…

“ARE YOU CALLING YOUR SHOTS?”

 

What is meant by ‘Calling Your Shots’?

 

At its simplest, ‘Calling Your Shots’ is the procedure of predicting the amount and direction of misplacement of a shot from the watching your sight picture in the period from the release of the shot to the completion of the recoil.

 

What are the advantages of (correctly) ‘Calling Your Shot’?

 

OK! First a few considerations.  Provided:

·         Your firearm/ammunition is consistently accurate (say, equal or better than the inner-10 ring from a machine rest), AND

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How to ‘Call a Shot’

 

 

Three major components:

1.       Alignment between the sight elements as the shot is fired>,

2.       Alignment of the sight picture in relation to the target as the shot is fired>, and

3.       Movement of the sight picture> (both the alignment of the elements, and the alignment of the sight picture in relation to the target) AFTER the shot has been fired.

 

Alignment between the sight elements as the shot is fired

 

First some heresy – misalignment of the front sight / rear sight is one of the least important factors in shot placement at the target.

 

 

Alignment of the sight picture in relation to the target as the shot is fired

 

Some more heresy -

 

Movement of the sight picture (both the alignment of the elements, and the alignment of the sight picture in relation to the target) AFTER the shot has been fired

 

 

 

 

© 2014, Spencer C Tweedie