The only way to make someone a better shot is to get them out of their comfort zone. One of the joys of being a precision rifle match director is thinking of ways to get people out of their comfort zones by putting them into difficult and unusual positions.
The goal is to test a shooter’s ability to adapt to any obstacle or complex course of fire imaginable. It may seem intimidating on the surface, and it should. Putting yourself under real stress and then delivering real performance, good or bad, is the key to making you a better all-around shooter.
Too often we go to the range, methodically lay out our gear, and get ourselves into perfect shooting position before sending rounds down range. Although this routine has its place, it doesn’t prepare you for real-world conditions. When shooting in a competition or in the field, you need to be just as confident in unpredictable terrain and circumstances as you are during a routine day at the range.
Luckily, it doesn’t take much to begin training. All you need are some items you likely have laying around your garage and a little bit of space at your house. That’s right, there’s no need to go to the range - you can improve your shooting without leaving home.
Here are 5 easy-to-build obstacles that are guaranteed to make you a better shot, whether it’s for your next national level match or a once in a lifetime hunt.
[ Note – while you can absolutely use these obstacles during live fire practice, for this demonstration we’re dry firing. It’s extremely important to remove any live ammunition from the immediate area beforehand and to thoroughly check your rifle to make sure it’s unloaded.]