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Shooting Breathing Techniques

Proper breathing is an important function that effects the accuracy of your shooting. Breath control allows a shooter to remain steady.

  
  

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Test Your Breathing Motion

Cup your hands together and extend your arms as in aiming an imaginary pistol. Aim your thumbs at some target. Take a few deep breaths. If you are like most people you will notice a vertical rise and fall of your imaginary sights against the target. That is an example of how breathing can effect your aim and why it is so important to control your breathing when shooting.

To prevent body movement caused by breathing you must hold your breath when you take your shot. If you hold your breath for more than a few seconds you may begin to experience muscle tremors and start to shake.

Proper breath control allows a shooter to remain steady The length of time a shooter should hold his breath will depend upon the shooter but 4-7 seconds is typical. If obtaining the correct sight picture takes longer than 10 seconds, the shooter should breath and try again.

 

Shooting Breath Control

  1. Don't hold your breath for more than a several seconds when you take your shot (no longer than 10 seconds).

  2. Don't shoot at the pause of you inhale or exhale.

  3. Take a half breath, let some out, hold it, then fire. Breathing causes your body to move and disrupts your aim.

  

B.R.A.S.S. Method of Shooting

The acronym B.R.A.S.S. stands for:

B – BREATH or breath control
R – RELAX. When muscles are tight, they twitch
A – AIM. Get the proper sight picture
S – SQUEEZE. Press the trigger straight back using slow, steady pressure
S – SHOT

  

Gun Training

Breath control in gun training requires practice. Before going to the range for live fire, practice your breath control at home by dry firing in accordance with the B.R.A.S.S. Method of Shooting. You will be able to see if your sight picture changes with your breathing and trigger pull. Learning proper breath control techniques will help you take accurate and consistent shots.

 

Shooting TIP Suggestion

February 10, 2012

B - breath
R - relax
A - aim
S - SLACK (wouldn't it be better to eliminate the gun trigger slack first before breaking the shot)
S - squeeze (the trigger, not pull or slap the trigger in breaking the shot)

Ramon

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.