The first time you handle a gun and line up a target in your sight, these questions will cross your mind. You wonder which one is more important, and you may be biased towards one. But the truth is that a perfect balance of the two during firearm training will make you very skilled with a gun. Read on to get the basics of both elements of shooting.
Speed refers to how fast you can draw and fire upon a target. It is a common mistake to think of speed without other factors. Speed is excellent, but when it negatively impacts the task at hand, then it is wasted. Imagine you are so quick to draw but fail to assess your surroundings critically; if you miss your target or your grip is not firm enough, your speed will account for nothing. Speed is only important as the efficiency it affords.
An important aspect of speed is the economy of motion which refers to removing every needless action or movement. This means that to be fast, anything that can account for excess should be eliminated. This will improve your movement and make you faster. When going for speed, your end goal should be the ability to move with total precision. Now when you achieve this, what is left is a constant practice to perfect it.
Accuracy can be referred to as the ability to hit your target regardless of the obstacles or circumstances. Accuracy can be primarily separated into two parts, mechanical and technical. Mechanical accuracy especially relates to adjustable sights. This may be the effects of your firearm, its composition, recoil, and others. In this case, you may have an accurate shooting technique, but if your firearm’s sight is off, it will affect your aim. Technical accuracy refers to your ability to employ the basics of shooting in any situation. A good balance between technical and mechanical accuracy is optimal.
Finding The Balance
The right balance between speed and accuracy should be your primary focus. To achieve this, you must know that at every point in time, things will be different. During firearms training, the conditions may be favorable as the environment is controlled. But in real life, things can go bad very fast, and in those moments, your speed and accuracy must come to bear. Your training may prepare you for the expected, but you will have to make split-second decisions in real life. With a short timeframe to react, you will often go for speed. But in those moments, if your speed impedes your accuracy, you may miss your target and further escalate the situation. On the other hand, accuracy will ensure that you quickly bring an end to a difficult situation.
How To Be Quickly Accurate
Regardless, not getting a good balance between speed and accuracy may have you on the wrong side. You can be an accurate shooter, but if you are slow, you can get caught out. The same thing goes for someone who can draw fast but is not accurate. Here are some tips on how you can become precise quickly.
Reflex Training For The Brain
There is a simple reason behind the saying that practice makes perfect. When you practice, the brain is triggered to send motor impulses to your muscles. So, the more you practice, the better you become. Keep practicing in situations that will improve both speed and accuracy. Once you reach a sufficient level of training, your brain will automatically recognize the sequence and activate the muscle memory to ensure that the required movements are carried out. Increased muscle memory means that you do not have to think through each step of the movement, increasing both speed and accuracy.
Economy Of Motion
Every extra movement that is unnecessary when you are drawing your firearm will slow you down. And you will waste more time if your draw stroke is complex. None of these are significant in a real-life situation when you have to make split-second decisions. So try to limit the change in directions when drawing your firearm. The advantages of economy of motion include faster technique, increased precision, conditioned response, and improved accuracy.
Though many people will opt for either speed or accuracy, a good balance of the two shooting elements will make you a better overall handler of a firearm. So, do well to keep that in mind when practicing to improve your technique and reduce all unnecessary movement to a minimum.