For some first-time gun buyers, it can seem like some people were just born with the ability to shoot. When you go to the gun range and see people flawlessly hit each bulls-eye, or go hunting and notice that your friend seems to hit every animal that comes in their sight, it can be easy to think that you have to be born with some gun skills. It is true that some people happen to have a knack for shooting, but a lot of different things go into being a good shot. You’d be surprised by how one seemingly small alteration in the way you handle your firearm can dramatically change the accuracy of your shot. Don’t vow to lock up all of your firearms in your gun safe when you come back from another unsuccessful day of hunting; see if you’re making these common mistakes when you take your shot.
Improperly mounted scope
You may have been mounting your scope the same way for years, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve been doing it correctly. Properly scope mounting can be difficult, but luckily there are a lot of resources available to help you do it correctly. Outdoorlife.com has an excellent step-by-step picture post on the proper method. If that doesn’t work for you, do a quick YouTube search for videos that will demonstrate the technique. If you’ve been doing it wrong, a slight change to your scope may help improve your shooting accuracy a great deal.
Pulling the trigger roughly
Pulling the trigger on your firearm properly is a lot more complicated than you’d think. In fact, the term “pulling the trigger” may not be the best way to describe firing your gun. Ideally, when firing, your finger should make more of a pressing motion than a pulling motion. When most people fire, they end up yanking too hard, which can completely mess up a perfect shot. When you pull your trigger, it shouldn’t jostle your gun, mess up your sight, or do anything to affect your shot.
Using the wrong ammo
The importance of ammo has been mentioned on this blog plenty of times in the past, but in terms of having a good shot, the type of ammo you use is crucial. If you’re shooting factory rifles, always test a few loads to see what kind of ammo will perform the best in your firearm. If you have to reload your gun often during hunting, also be sure to focus on how smoothly you can reload your gun.