In The Perfect Pistol Shot, we discuss the entire Bullseye Clock, which is an imaginary target with a clock face superimposed on it. Any bullet strike that does not hit at the center (the base of the clock hands) is a miss. Here are three very common errors:
These examples are for right handers. Southpaws simply reverse the sides of the clock (3 becomes 9, etc.).
7:00 – 8:00 Over-grip. The most common error in shooting sends shots low and toward the support side. Lighten your grip.
12:00 and 6:00 Leaning Backward. Extreme and erratic highs and lows come from the imbalance of leaning the shoulder carriage rearward of the hips. Put the shoulders slightly forward of the hips and this error instantly disappears.
3:00 – 4:00 Twisting the torso. When the legs are bladed but the torso is twisted directly onto the target this error will occur due to the body’s constant attempt to return to a neutral muscular influence. While the shooter can force this position, rapid fire will most often uncover the error. Normal slow fire can be a problem because the torso will move toward the strong side when the shooter is even slightly distracted. The answer is a either a proper bladed stance or a proper natural stance (as described in the book and this blog). Learn your Natural Point of Aim.
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