Training and Shooting

Minimum Arc of Movement

I have some good news and I have some bad news. Good news first: you're alive and well, getting involved in the great sport of pistol shooting. Now the bad news: since you're living, you will never be able to stand absolutely still. More to the point: you cannot stand still and hold your pistol motionless. Why? Well to name just a few reasons, your heart is pumping, you're breathing (or wanting to breath), and your body is responding to a myriad of nerves firing throughout your body. Suffice it to say, there are alot of important things happening inside of you and you can't switch them off. As a result, when you look at your sights, you'll see them moving in front of your target. This is known as the arc of movement. Your goal is to minimise this movement and adapt your shooting to it. Here are some things to remember about minimum arc of movement:

Achieving a minimum arc of movement takes work and confidence in yourself and your hold. You must accept that a little bit of movement is inevitable and okay. Don't overreact to this movement and forget the critical basics of sight alignment and trigger control. You'll be surprised at how well you can shoot!

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