Free Pistol Match Exercises



Task Description
FP1 Hold firearm in the correct position
This is a very important aspect of handgun shooting and may be practiced without a point of aim. During this training, one works on the shooter's outside position attempting to stabilize it. The shooter must also try to keep the firearm still.
FP2 Same as FP1
The shooter's wrist must have a 300-500 gram weight attached. The weight must not hang down or stiffen the wrist. By training in this way, the athlete can improve the special requirements of the shooting arm.
FP3 Hold the firearm in position and fire
The important point is trigger control. No shot should be fired until the pistol is stable and the aim accurate. For this training, the shooter has no point of aim but takes up a position in front of a large blank surface. This training may also be conducted in the dark. The shooters does not see the pistol's movement and therefore does not lose concentration on the trigger. Another point is to achieve perfect coordination between holding and firing.
FP4 Hold firearm in position
On a blank target, draw a large black circle which will be point of aim. The circle must be large enough that from where you are standing, the front sight is one-half its diameter.
FP5 Perfect aiming
During holding, the pistol must not move from the point of aim (which may be larger for beginners.) After successful training, it may be reduced. For this exercise, close the eyes for one to two seconds during holding. Even with the eyes closed, you should be able to maintain good aim and remain on point of aim. For this exercise, do not shoot.
FP6 Same as FP4, but now you may shoot
In this way, you will have the opportunity to refine your firing. If you had trouble staying on the point of aim in FP4, then you will have the same problem here. Trigger movement should not affect the pistol's stability. If it does, repeat the FP3 exercise.
FP7 Live firing at a blank target
This aspect of training is especially important, as it marks the passage from winter training in dry firing to spring training in live firing. Do not try to score immediately, but rather, become accustomed to the problems associated with live firing. You must get used to a distance of 50 metres. You trained in dry firing, so that for you, the distance from 3 to 50 metres is deceptive.
FP8 Firing at a target and keeping score
Shoot without observation. In this way, you will not change the position of your point of aim. Make no aim correction and shoot without problem. After 20-50 shots, get the target and count the score. You must set up an individual training plan to correct the faults you observe in the next few days.
Often, some shooters are discouraged by their scores. For this reason, they are often advised to cut out the 9 and 10, so they see only the faults. This method is very popular among shooters before competitions. You see only your faults and will not be disturbed by a particular score.
FP9 Control of results
During the training, you must shoot with the desire to win. You must set a goal within your capabilities and attempt to attain it. You may also use a variety of methods; this diversity will help make the training more successful.
Note: As you see, the series of movements leading up to firing are divided into basic elements. Moving from one exercise to another enables the shooter, as in any other sport, to advance from the simple to the more complex. Through this gradual training, the shooter will immediately notice where weaknesses lie. The shooter has a training system, as well as a way to vary the training.


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