What more can I say? For Gun-Fighters Marksmanship accounts for maybe 15% of training - but that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that you understand that efficient and effective Marksmanship may not be easy to grasp for everybody. It [Marksmanship] is a skill that requires a lot of knowledge, discipline, dedication, time and perseverance; and that is something that New Shooters must thoroughly understand.
For most people they are not looking to become Precision Shooters; they are simply looking to become proficient in being able to get the bad guys up off of them and make it back home to the ones they love the most. Moreover, I think that this objective is good enough for me too! However, this is not about me. This is about helping people understand the importance of one of the cornerstones of shooting - Marksmanship.
For some people when they miss their “Mark” or they are not executing the fundamental skills of Marksmanship as efficiently as they would like to they may show signs of agitation, irritability and plain old frustration. I can understand that, I been there.
But what people have to understand is that Marksmanship is not just about pressing the trigger without causing any deviation to the Sight Alignment and Sight Picture. Marksmanship is about the totality of the Shooter. So what is the totality of the Shooter when it comes to Marksmanship? It is as follows, but not limited to:
STANCE & POSTURE
KNOWLEDGE OF WEAPON SYSTEM & BALLISTICS
PROPER SIGHT ALIGNMENT & SIGHT PICTURE
In terms of Marksmanship, it is the harmonizing of all of these variables mentioned here and more that facilitates in aiding the Shooter in executing the most optimum shot that they can take to achieve the desired effect when it comes to Marksmanship. Of course, we are talking about hitting the desired target.
I must admit it was fun being on the Range with VODA Partner Tonita Black™ and helping her in her endeavor to be the best she can when he comes to Marksmanship. Now she’s a New Shooter, but that’s a beautiful thing because it allows her to see why we shoot and train as much as we do; which is to keep our skills fresh especially when it comes to Marksmanship.
REMEMBER: shooting is a perishable skill therefore; it is in the Shooters best interest to stay abreast on the most current shooting techniques as well as staying as fresh as possible behind the trigger.
The firearm in which my Partner was using for this session in Marksmanship was the Mosin Nagant which was upgraded with an Archangel Kit. I purposely did not install an optic for this particular weapon system because it’s used for Marksmanship exercises and drills specifically. Why? Because The focus is on training the eyes of the Shooter with Iron Sights in conjunction with the intent on gaining knowledge and understanding through the Experience of Marksmanship Shooting.
So what do I recommend for Marksmanship Training? I recommend the following:
CLEAR MIND/POSITIVE ATTITUDE
ANY FIREARM OF YOUR CHOICE
PRACTICING PROPER SIGHT ALIGNMENT & SIGHT PICTURE
PROPER BREATHING TECHNIQUE (SHOOTING ON THE RESPIRATORY PAUSE)
IRON SIGHTS SPECIFICALLY
PROPER TRIGGER PRESS
SUPPORT SYSTEM (SOCIAL)
SHOOTING FROM CONVENTIONAL & UNCONVENTIONAL POSITIONS (IF POSSIBLE)
With that being said, go out and train, shoot and take a friend for support with you. Grasping the fundamentals of Marksmanship is often a team effort in which you more than likely will rely on each other for feedback. Remember, your Shooting Partner or “Spotter” may see something that you do not. Work together as a team and you can both obtain and or get better at the Fundamentals of Marksmanship.