The sport of target shooting involves the use of air guns, rifles, pistols, muzzle-loaders. Cartridge both rimfire and centrefire. All require concentration, self-discipline and great self-control. Any mental or physical activity and emotional stress the day of the shot will destroy the possibility of hitting the target.
All miss a shot from to time to time mostly the difficult ones. It takes years to become truly proficient and absolutely confident with a firearm and its projectile.

TRIGER CONTROL, TRIGER CONTROL, TRIGER CONTROL...Jerking the trigger is one of the great ills in target shooting, and it is an easy habit to fall into. The idea is to apply steady, consistent, gentle pressure until the trigger "breaks" and the firearm goes off. Trigger control is much easier with a clean, crisp, fairly light trigger, with a pull of 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. The guns firing should come as a surprise, (you must not anticipate the shot) If you shoot the same gun long enough, you will know when its going to fire. The secret is to ignore this knowledge and still not anticipate the shot. Proper trigger control is paramount to good shooting. You cannot shoot well while inhaling or exhaling, it's imperative to hold your breath while squeezing the trigger. Take a deep breath, let part of it out, and then commence your trigger squeeze. It is an act that must be practiced until it becomes second nature. Take your time, do not rush the bullet its fast enough by its self.

It is essential that you really know what you and your gun are capable of under ideal conditions. This will build confidence and let you know what you can and cannot attempt in the field. Spend some time shooting across a bench rest with good ammo, and really get to know your firearm. CONFIDENCE THROUGH ACCURACY

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Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

Keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.

Know how to use the gun safely. Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.

Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.

Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.

Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.

Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.

Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

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