Calling your shots?


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Hemicuda
March 5, 2006, 11:18 AM
when punching paper, when i am in the groove, i have the ability to tell where my shot went, without seeing the hole... (years as a smallbore junior competitor makes this work for me)

the fact that i can do this INFURIATES my GF when we shoot, 'cause she fancies herself a "spotter", and calling the shot takes away her fun.

My question is, how many of us have this ability... (like i said, i can only do it well while "in the groove"...)

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Standing Wolf
March 5, 2006, 07:33 PM
My question is, how many of us have this ability... (like i said, i can only do it well while "in the groove"...)

It took me a couple years of shooting bullseye before I could call shots with much more than random accuracy. My accuracy the past few months has dropped quite a bit as a result of wrist and elbow trouble, but I have faith it will return in due time.

I think more shooters would get better at calling shots if they realized how beneficial it is to improving accuracy.

bdutton
March 5, 2006, 08:16 PM
I always attempt to call my shots. Usually close to 90% accuracy. If you shoot bullseye, you won't get very good if you can't do this.

f4t9r
March 5, 2006, 08:22 PM
I call them but the darn thing does not always go where I told it to go

Wiley
March 5, 2006, 08:23 PM
The top competors in high-power rifle do it also. Highly recomended for all forms.

(I could call 'over there' and be 100% accurate.)

cracked butt
March 5, 2006, 08:24 PM
A few years ago i was shooting a high power match at 200 yards. Had a young kid who was pulling my target who had never done the job before. First shot from standing, he pulled the target and couldn't find the hole- he looked for awhile as the target was down a good 30 seconds. He marked it as 'miss,' I called the rangemaster and told him to have the pulled look low in the 9 ring- sure enough, there was a hole there. I ended up helping the target puller find 3 or 4 more other bullet holes that day, but by the end, he was catching on.:) At least on a 200 yard course during slow fire, I know exactly where each bullet goes before its even marked.

HSMITH
March 5, 2006, 10:10 PM
Punching paper or slow fire I can call shots with a rifle or a handgun and be very accurate in my calls. Even with a shotgun on moving targets I usually know where the miss was in relation to the clay when I miss. I have always been able to see the sight lift off the target and know where the shot went it seems.

Almost a year ago I started IPSC/USPSA action shooting, calling shots at full speed through a course of fire is a 'whole nuther ballgame', especially when you get into a 30+ round course of fire. Getting better slowly, but the intensity of focus you need to call each shot with that much going on is surprising and the duration you must keep that focus at 110% can be up to 30 seconds long. Doesn't sound hard until you try it.

Action shooting is amazing, fun and fast. It is also teaching me a lot about myself and my shooting.

rocky
March 5, 2006, 10:32 PM
yep, but I have shot hi power and smallbore too.

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