Help to stop my shaking and trigger pull failing

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Garadex, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    So whenever I shoot I notice that I shake absurdly more than the average person (because of a condition I have) and was wondering if there is any way to settle it down or something to put between me and the rifle (Thicker clothes?). Also I noticed that when I hold my breath to squeeze the trigger I pull it so slowly that by the time the gun goes off I am out of breath but if I squeeze it any faster it seems to shake too much any way to fix this or is it just natural. I only notice this problem when I am shooting my rifle and not my handgun.
     
  2. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    You are new to firearms. Get some training before all these bad habits become established in your shooting practise.:)
     

  3. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    I am fairly new but I have been shooting regularly for around three years now and I have taken classes. (Sorry I did not mention that earlier) I would just like to know if there are any tips I could get without having to take anymroe classes or having someone with me, because sadly I am the best rifle shooter I know.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Are you shaking because of anticipation of the recoil? What caliber of rifle are you shooting? Is the trigger broken in yet? Do not dry fire a 22. If your rifle is not a 22 or any other rim fire, then dry firing practice may help you to calm down a little. Check your rifle to make sure it is empty. Then check it again. Then a third time just to be sure. Now, pick a spot on the wall in your house or garage. Maybe a knot in your fence. (Don't scare your neighbors) Then just keep dryfiring. Watch the spot in your sights. try to hear the click while you can see the target in your sights. Practice makes perfect.
     
  5. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    It's a .22 mag, not LR but still the recoil is so little that it doesn't matter. Yes the trigger is broken in. So is practice/ trial and error the only way to fix this?
     
  6. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    I must say this is one strange post.:confused:
     
  7. theropinfool

    theropinfool New Member

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    I try to pull the trigger when I've completely exhaled. It's not quite like holding your breath, just take and extra second before you inhale. You can practice sitting on the couch. You can practice with your pistol. I know you said you didn't have the problem with your pistol, but any trigger time will help. I would recommend some snap caps. (If it's center fire.) They'll protect your firing pin. Hope this helps!
     
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  8. blkdragon1212

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    Might I suggest that you are doing two things causing you to move excessively. One could be that you are griping your firearms way too tight. We all move to some extent as we must breath, we have a pulse. Fighting our natural movement will cause greater anxiousness. Try these, one get a secure, but relaxed grip on your weapon. Two, don't get too much finger on the trigger. You should use the middle of your index fingers first pad. When you press the trigger, don't curl you entire trigger finger, you have three sections the tip, and middle section. You should bend you finger at the second section which will insure a straight back trigger press. Thirdly, don't hold your breath throughout the shot. Take a full breath as you settle in, exhale, take a second breath exhaling one half you get a good sight picture, slowly press the trigger while keeping the sight on the target. It helps, although you can't see it, to focus on the sight to the point that you are attempting to see the bullet strike the target through your sights. You must mentally and physically get to the point that the firearm is a part of you, and not some foreign object.

    Physical strength training is a good thing, running, old fashion dumbbells, power bands allow for strength training while watching T.V. both will help with upper body strength that will also help your shooting. Whenever possible, use a rest to steady your firearm.
     
  9. wjnfirearms

    wjnfirearms New Member

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    I agree with dry firing practice. Get a few snap caps and get started.

    You might want to try some breathing exercises before firing the rifle. Take a full breath in slowly through your nose and let it out the same, completely. Fill your lungs and empty them. Do this several times. This is part of a relaxation exercise that works. If while set to aim you find yourself tensing up, do exactly this a couple times before pulling the trigger. Be conscious of being tense in your arms and shoulders after you take up your aiming position. The more you think about being tense, the more tense you will be once you realize that it is happening. Tell yourself to relax. The more you think about how tense you may be, the more frustrated you get and it creates a vicious circle.

    If you have a medical issue that causes tremors, you might want to speak to your doctor about what you can do to help combat this medically, if you haven't done this already. I have an exercise on relaxation given me by a psychologist that is fairly effective on CD. I'd be glad to burn you a copy and mail it to you if it may help. What you would do is to put it in to your computer or player and take some time to listen and follow it before you go shooting.
     
  10. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Thanks for all the tips and responses everyone.
     
  11. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I think focus and breathing technique would solve this :
    There are two stages to breathing .Take a normal breath slowly comfortably
    Do this five times slow and easy , focus should be on comfort , from your fingers to your toes and your breathing.

    Now take that same breath you will feel the uper chest , now take a little
    more air feel lower chest expand , slowly , comfortibly. This is the disphram
    area of your chest. This is half way to (Chi ) inner peace.

    Slow things down a bit , exhale slowly , comfortibly , focus on relaxing
    everything , toes to fingers , to face , every part of you slow mellow focus
    must be total comfort .

    Practice this , when you learn to feel ,relax and focus , it's a life changer.

    To start , I would lie somewhere like watching tv comfort , foucus , feel everything and pratice this and you must devote a little of you.

    When you learn to conciously relax , PM. me and I will take you the other
    half . Serious as a heart-attack about this , it's up to you I will help.
     
  12. Buckethead47

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    I shoot a 12 ga. And the recoil sucks. 3 years with that and after the first few rounds I start flinching. Breathing exercises help me. If you ever feel like you are jerking the trigger, stop remove finger from trigger and take a few more breaths and try again. the range is for practice, it doesn't matter how long you are there for. The practice there can mean life or death. It's how I got my first 6 point buck.
     
  13. RufusTFirefly

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    To the OP: how are you postured when you are shooting? Standing? Kneeling? Prone? Benchrest? And you mention that your shaking is "because of a condition I have". Do you mean a medical condition like Parkinsons, or some other tremor inducing ailment? The more detailed info you provide to the group. the more likely the group can give meaningful/useful advise.

    Rufus
     
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  14. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    I am shooting benchrest. It is a mental condition that for some unknown reason induces clumsiness and shaking of the hands.
     
  15. canebrake

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    The good news is if it's mental, it's correctable.

    Try mixing things up to see if it could be a physiological issue. The reason I suggest this is you said you don't have this problem shooting a handgun.

    Try shooting weak side. Shoot standing, prone or any other form that may induce, or not induce forces different from where you are currently experiencing the issue.
     
  16. Ranger-6

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    I am getting so old that when I hold my breath to squeeze off a round I am sound asleep when the bullet leaves the barrel. I decided to shoot from a supported position using a bipod or a tripod depending if I am standing or sitting.
     
  17. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Alright thanks for the tips everyone.
     
  18. kewldevil1

    kewldevil1 New Member

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    Dnt hold your breath. Breath out and squeeze the trigger. Let the trigger break be a surprise to you and it will help you not jerk the gun as much when you shoot.
     
  19. kewldevil1

    kewldevil1 New Member

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    Try firing with about 30 to 40 % breath left not all the way out. You need some oxygen to your brain to shoot.
     
  20. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You don't seem to care enough to fix the problem. I see no PM so good luck ot you.I told ytou I'd be back in two weeks,here I was.