Rifle Shooting

¤  Introduction to Rifle Shooting (for new and beginning shooters)

  • Teaching Rifle Positions to New Shooters by Gary Anderson, CMP Director.  A 10-page guide with step-by-step instructional methods for teaching the prone, standing and kneeling positions to new shooters. Contains dozens of photos and illustrations.  Posted on CMP website, link provided courtesy of CMP.

  • Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting: Part I by Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab.  USA Shooting News, November/December 2010.  In this article, Raab begins to identify the fundamentals of rifle shooting: aiming, the eye, imperfections of the eye and more.

  • Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting: Aiming & the Eye Part II by Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab.  USA Shooting News, January/February 2011.  In this second of two parts, Raab discusses the eyes and their importance in rifle shooting.  He provides a test that coaches can use to help determine a shooter's eye dominance.

  • What Makes a Champion Shooter? by five-time Olympian Lones Wigger.  USA Shooting News, January/February 2010.  What does it take to rise above the rest and claim the gold medal?  Learn about the characteristics of a champion per the only shooter in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

  • A Ticket to Train by National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson.  USA Shooting News, September/October 2009.  Are you ever stressed about the time you spend traning?  Do you have a plan?  Work with National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson as he gives advice on how to effeciently plan your time on the range.

  • Part Time Shooter by Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft, 1996 Olympian.  USA Shooting News, November/December 2009.  Sgt. 1st Class Uptagrafft discusses the skills required for a part-time shooter who wants to make it big time.

  • Holding and Working Hard- or Overholding? by National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson.  USA Shooting News, March/April 2009.  In order to reach the next level, you have to trust your body and know when your hold has exhausted itself.  Major Dave Johnson discusses over-holding and the negative effects it can have on your shooting.  This article also includes techniques to learn more about your hold.

  • Easy Points: The Mental Game by Sergeant George Norton.  USA Shooting News, July/August 2011.  Often times you'll hear a shooter say that he or she had a bad match because of what's between the ears.  Sergeant Norton identifies "easy points" taught in junior camps at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to help shooters correct mistakes and not lose easy points in competition.

  • What's the Best Airgun for Me? by Scott Pilkington.  USA Shooting News, November/December 2011.  As a new shooter, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a quality airgun.  Gunsmith and owner of Pilkington Competitions, Scott Pilkington, helps identify factors that should influence your decision when making a purchase as important as a competition gun. 

  • About Pellet Numbers and Pellet Testing by Scott Pilkington.  USA Shooting News, May/June 2008.  Do you know the head size of your pellets?  Pilkington writes the proverbial book on an Olympic air rifle pellet, testing and more.

  • Vise Ideas for Air Rifle Testing by Scott Pilkington.  USA Shooting News, March/April 2009.  Top shooters test hundreds, if not thousands, of rounds of ammo through their rifles.  The right pellet can make the difference between a 9.9 and a 10.0.  Pilkington provides suggestions for how to properly lot test pellets in an air rifle. 

  • How to Cope with Injury by Amy Sowash.  USA Shooting News, May/June 2010.  Any injury, especially one that limits your ability to shoot, is never an enjoyable occurence.  Sowash talks about her personal experience with injury and how she made it through recovery. 

¤  Advanced Rifle Shooting

  • Gaining & Maintaining a Zero, by Sergeant Michael McPhail.  USA Shooting News, July/August 2010.  Learn what a zero is, how to achieve and maintain it.  Sgt. McPhail discusses how a zero can change depending on the conditions and how to use your sights to adjust wind and elevation. 

  • Hold & Hold Control, by Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab.  USA Shooting News, July/August 2011.  Marcus Raab discusses the factors that contribute to a shooter's hold and how to manipulate each to your advantage.   

  • Breath Control, by Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab.  USA Shooting News, May/June 2011.  Raab educates the reader on the importance of a shooter's breath in the shot process.  Did you know that you can counter nerves with slow, controlled breathing?  Take a deeper look at the science behind the breathing process.

  • Trigger Release Part I by Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab.  USA Shooting News, November/December 2010.  Raab explores two of four different angles of trigger release--mechanical and technique. 

  • Linking Belief, Drive and Imagery in a Champion by Launi Meili, Olympic gold medalist.  USA Shooting News, July/August 2009.  Meili states that "putting thoughts into your mind can affect long-term outcomes in your life, taking you in virtually direction that you determine for yourself."  Her article explores belief, motivation and making both happen. 

  • Adding Imagery to Your Training Plan by Launi Meili, Olympic gold medalist.  USA Shooting News, September/October 2009.  Take the next step on the path to the top with Launi Meili as she discusses how to enhance your training plan with imagery.  Meili suggests various techniques to use to determine the best for your goals.

  • Where are You Looking? by JP O'Connor.  USA Shooting News, January/February 2011.  O'Connor identifies an issue that could be the cause of confident, consistent and quality performances: small front aperature.

 

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