It does not matter if you are male or female, young or old, shooting or going to range for the first time, can be intimidating. If you have never been to a range before or maybe you have little to no experience shooting, being nervous is normal. Here are a few tips on how to build shooting confidence and get over range fear as a new shooter.
Shooting Requires Practice
The way to overcome fear and intimidation is to practice and know the fundamentals of shooting:
1. Stance or Position
3. Sight Alignment
4. Sight Picture
5. Trigger Control
6. Breath Control
7. Follow Through
Check your shooting platform and be in a solid base. Practice drawing from your equipment on your body. Assess your grip, see your sights, and train the brain to align those perfectly clear sights on your target and have a smooth trigger press straight to the rear. Do not push or pull the trigger while pressing it straight to the rear. Getting out there and practicing your shots is the only way to overcome your fear! Perfect practice makes good shooters!
Build Shooting Confidence with Quality Target Training
Not all training is the same and not all instructors are the same. Get with a reputable training company with good reviews and a history of training. Shooting does not always equal quality training! Training is about assessing yourself, critic your fundamentals and assess every shot! Training must be consistent and of good quality. Training should be 75% dry fire training and 25% live fire.
The more classes you attend and the more trips you take to the range, the less fear and intimidation you will have. Measure your training, have a plan and reach your goals. You’ll start building confidence, and before you know it, you will reach your initial goals and be on your way to the next level of shooting with unbreakable confidence.
Have a Training Log / Journal
Starting a training log is critical to your personal growth. Develop short-term, midterm and long-term goals and keep it simple. Record your dry fire and live training and record your strengths and weaknesses. Write down questions you have and remember, there are no dumb questions when it comes to firearms. Get with your instructor and review your questions, progress, and training log frequently.