how often to practice for casual competition

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by partdeux, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    mostly to avoid embarrassing myself.

    With some personal stuff sucking time up like a black hole, and only getting to the Friday night .22 plate shoot about once every other week, there has been zero time to shoot the bigger guns.

    Today, went to the club range, and was shocked at how bad I sucked. Several hundred rounds later, things were looking a whole lot better.

    Want to start doing more competition, but it's obvious unless my goal is the bottom 10%, I better practice :) So how often?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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  3. ellwood45c

    ellwood45c New Member

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    When i shot SASS i was shooting at least 2 times a week. But i also do my own reloadingwitch helps. I was told one time that it takes 1 hour a day for ten days to build up muscle memory on tour point if aim. I'ts something i have done with all my guns, but you can lose alot of it if you dont shoot that gun for awhile. This is what i was told how true it is i don't know but it wirks for me.

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  4. Longrange

    Longrange New Member

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    Shooting is a perishable skill. If you are not training, you will encounter people who do. End result, you will not be able to compete.
     
  5. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Any chance you get.
     
  6. werger_9

    werger_9 New Member

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    practise makes perfect ask any good hockey player lol
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Isn't "casual competition" an oxymoron? :eek:
     
  8. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Figures you'd call me on that one :)

    local competitions with limited prizes, more fun than anything else... as opposed to regional competitions where 99 bullseyes are the norm, or the national competitions where 100 bullets have to go through the same hole :)
     
  9. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    as often as you can afford (from a clays shooter)











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  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    It's not as much about cost as time :( Club range is free, but only open on the weekend.
     
  11. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I knew what you were talkin' about, just pullin' your chain part2. :p
     
  12. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    its both lack of time ,25 mile drive (to the close one) 16 cent a target for trap plus shells or to shoot sporting 60 to 80 mile drive 30 to 45 cent a target 10.00 cart rental unless i tow mine . and at least most of a sat or sun then you have to listen to the wife .why aint the grass cut or the garage cleaned out , weeds in the flower bed ect ect oh ya and the bushes need trimming . well hers aint eather so i think im shooting this weekend.
     
  13. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    ok then, enjoy the shooting :)
     
  14. Intheshop

    Intheshop New Member

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    Try an air pistol.It'll more than likely improve your scores a little.They have a way of forcing you to buckle down on some key elements.Get the proper slow fire NRA targets.Keep your score.....you'll see it ramp up,mainly because of muscle memory.But also because you're really concentrating.....then scores will level off.

    Once they plateau,you'll be tempted to just quit or think thats as good as it gets.I still use this getting ready for hunting.IOWs,I know where my scores "should" be.....it takes a few days of practice to get them back up there.But in anycase....once scores level off,you're going to come to a crossroads of sorts.Your decisions on which direction to go(continue to improve vs being satisfied),can be alot of fun.

    Any decent single shot airgun will work.My favorite is a 50 yo Benjamin.....shooting cheap pellets.So it dosen't have to cost an arm N a leg.You can shoot indoors.....a fireplace with a bullet trap inside makes a dandy backstop.You'll be amazed at how much better a pistol shot you'll become.Shopdog
     
  15. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Shopdog,

    I have noticed my cheap airpistol having an impact, especially on trigger control. Two weeks ago, before the weekly plate shoot, While waiting for SWMBO to get home from work, I shot a few magazines with the airpistol. First round that night, went against one of the clubs better shooters, and we tied. Reshoot, I got a little too anxious and lost. Through luck of the draw, I was scheduled to shoot against him in the losers round, when the compitetion got cancelled :(
     
  16. pzlehr

    pzlehr New Member

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    Does anyone know how shooting an air pistol stacks against dry firing? I have been tempted to get an air pistol. I dry fire with A Zoom now.
     
  17. Intheshop

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    For me,its the brrl time.

    Pellets are relatively slow......my Benjamin has a longish brrl.The brrl time forces me to maintain sight picture.......reckon you could call it follow through?Dry fire,and am very responsible/dedicated to it,works more on the initial sight pic and trigger control.Yes I try to maintain sight pic as hammer drops...it just shows up more(if I don't)when shooting air gun.

    And I don't plink with the airgun....its paper targets,keeping score....or it dosn't get shot.Shopnut