1. Training session length: Marksmanship, that is the study of accuracy, requires an incredible attention to detail. It has been my experience that students over-estimate the amount of time they will be able to focus on live-fire training. When frustration and impatience set-in, training is done. Learning to waste shots is foolish for the sports shooter and potentially deadly for the defensive shooter. Successful training ends before fatigue begins. It’s not a question of how much time you spend on the firing line, it’s a matter of what you do with it. Ten perfect shots will develop skill; fifty hurried shots will diminish skill.
  2. Dry-fire saves money, makes range time more worthwhile, and remains un-paralleled for marksmanship training. Each range session should be preceded by twice as much time spent on dry-fire. The shooter who has dry-fired during the days prior to rang time will notice an exponential increase in live fire improvement. Most average shooters won’t dry-fire while most bulls-eye competitors will spend the night before competition doing nothing else. Dry-fire is free, why not use it?
  3. Preparation and focus: If you wish to drink soda, then drink soda. If you want to eat, have a meal. If you like talking to friends, have a party. If you want to smoke, sit down and smoke. But if you want to learn to shoot, show up at the range without a belly full of food, without veins full of caffeine, and without a lung full of smoke. Then quietly concentrate on your purpose. You can’t chat and concentrate at the same time. There is a physical aspect to marksmanship training that requires minimization of heart-rate and breathing. Go to the range slightly hungry and clear-headed. The mouth shuts when you step onto to the firing line.

Good Shooting,

The Author
Al
Albert League is a former Marine and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics.