I think there’s amazing mope potential in fine motor skill sports. Just last night I shot some very nice groups after I got sighted in.
In the bottom left, that’s two shots in the same hole! Getting better.
After a break of 20 mins, I went for another 10 shots. I couldn’t get settled on the sling, didn’t follow through enough – I just went to crap on the targets. I was barely in the black for half of them. My group went from a quarter inch to more than an inch. At 25 yards, that’s pretty big. Plus I was worried about needing to catch a bus back home. So cycling, even if the exertion throws off my sight picture a bit, would let me relax more and probably let me shoot another card of 10.
The trigger on the rifle was single stage, and last week I shot with a two stage trigger. So I feel my trigger pull is too sharp already – that’s why the group is pulling down and right – and not being quite sure where the hammer will fall on the trigger pull put me off second time. I was snatching the trigger more as I lost my concentration. I might shoot fives instead of tens and see if it’s better. Holding the trigger for a few seconds after the shot should help my follow through.
I suppose the only solution is to shoot more, and be as relaxed as I was the first weeks. As the guys in their 60s and 70s say, when you start thinking about it, it gets harder and harder to shoot.
My friends keep joking that I’ve joined up with an Irish nationalist militia, as I’ve signed people up to an Irish language class, and they wonder if the shooting comes as a package deal. Or they ask when I’m learning about pipebombs.
enjoy something new then overthink it until you fuck it up
and everyone thinks you’re a terrorist