Learning how to shoot long range takes a great deal of discipline, determination, and most importantly, practice. We've all seen Mel Gibson shooting long range, picking off bad guys left and right in flicks. That's all smoke and mirrors. Shooting long range isn't easy. You ever wonder why snipers have their own personal training schools? It's because shooting long range is an artform that requires total body concentration. The slightest movement or break in your focus will cause you to miss the target. OK crackshots, time's a wasting. Let's learn about the elements that will help you shoot long range targets.
- The size of your gun. People love to say it's not the size that counts, but in this case it really does. Take for instance, you're trying to shoot long range with a rifle, but the rifle doesn't fit your body right. You can imagine that your shot will be way off because you can't properly secure your weapon while firing. With a rifle, you need to make sure that the "length of pull" is correct for your body type. The length of pull is from the butt of the gun to the trigger. If you have too much space, or not enough, the rifle won't be able to be balanced right. The butt should rest comfortably in the fold between the front of your shoulder and upper torso. You should be able to reach the trigger with no problem. If not, you need to adjust it. If you have a problem balancing the rifle, you can also shorten the barrel.
- The hand eye thing and aiming. Aiming is pretty self explanatory when there's no wind. You line up your scope to hit the target. Hand eye coordination is very important for shooting long range. Bet you wish you would've played more shooting games as a child now right? Your reflexes have to be in tuned with how your eye sees. You can't spot a target and take fifteen seconds to fire. Unless of course the target is a stationary object. No, when your eye locks on and it registers in your brain that its a good shot, your finger needs to be pulling the trigger. This should all be happening within a millisecond's amount of time.
- The wind factor. Wind can drastically alter the pathway of a bullet. You will mpst definitely have to adjust for wind when shooting at long range. Snipers have a guy with them to calculate just how to take the shot. You won't be that lucky friend. You'll have to practice shooting stationary objects in windy conditions for a while to get the hang of how your gun fires.
- Moving objects. Not everything you shoot stands still. If you're hunting, and you want to hit your prey with a shot from long range, you need to consider a few things. Wind is always an issue so just keep that in the back of your mind. The direction in which the animal is running needs to be considered too. The only run in linear paths on video games. In the real world you'll need to learn how to lead your shot. This means firing the bullet where the animal will end up. You'll have to develop the ability to read the path that your prey is running so you can predict where its headed. You can then greet it with a bullet to the melon.
- Your breathing. It's mentioned all the time in the movies. And it's true. When you're taking a shot you need to pause your breathing to help steady your gun. Try it out and you'll see what we're talking about. Try shooting something while breathing wildly. Then try it again while focusing and pausing your breathing. You'll notice that your accuracy greatly increases.
- All together now. Take all of these factors and process them. It takes a lot to shoot long range targets, and varying conditions make it that much more difficult. You need to practice to get a good feel for your weapon.