I, like many of you out there, have taken a long journey of trial and error, peer advises and varying competencies of instruction in our quest to becoming smooth, competent and accurate shooters. The results were likely confusion, frustration with many an hour and dollar spent while still leaving you wondering, “What the secret is to marksmanship?”. The answer is; strict adherence and mastery of the fundamentals of marksmanship. That is our philosophy here at BSR. And that’s great, but how exactly is that achieved? As a young shooter I had the same questions and was told to be accurate you must apply “the fundamentals” a mystery that I truly didn’t fully understand until well into my shooting career. Now, whether I was too stubborn to listen or learn what the fundamentals were, how to apply them and why they were important… or was never adequately explained is up for debate. The fact is there are cause and effect on our interaction with our firearm. In this article, we will discuss the what, how, and why of the fundamentals of marksmanship.
There are some simple truths to training that I would like to discuss before delving into the fundamentals. Consistency creates accuracy and the fundamentals establish consistency so the fundamentals equal accuracy. Simply shooting without planning and establishing training objectives will likely not yield the results you are looking for and will often cause regression. In the absence of a qualified instructor, have a plan and stick to it because practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. Slow down, perfect and smooth repetitions (regardless of speed) are far better at creating the procedural memories required to master the fundamentals. Rest assured, speed will come as you build a solid shooter foundation through the mastery of the fundamentals of marksmanship. Something to consider…One of our many qualified instructors can guide you down the path to mastery of the fundamentals at a fraction of the cost of ammunition, time and frustration of wasted training days.
When thinking of the fundamentals I would like you to view them as a cycle of operation rather than a laundry list of tasks to check off individually. One fundamental should flow into the next emulating a smooth-running machine creating a consistent and repeatable product as seen below. The end goal should be effortless consistency. Now let’s talk fundamentals.
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- Dustin Reynolds