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PART III

A little bit of psychology: You picture in your mind what you want to do. You have to say, OK, I’m going to the Olympics and perform well. Picture yourself shooting a great score and how good it feels. You are training your subconscious mind. Once you get it trained, it takes over. A coach taught me to visualize the outcome, and it worked. Eventually you train your subconscious and it believes you can win. At first I didn’t know about teaching the subconscious to take over, but now I do it all the time. And it certainly worked for me at the 1972 Olympics. What it really takes is training and doing the same thing in training as at a match. If you are “just shooting,” you are wasting your time.

DER PRESSURE

BRIAN ZINS, Bullseye Pistol
For me, it’s all about the shot process. There should be nothing you do different from shot to shot; whether you’re shooting well or shooting badly. Every good shooter develops a process. The difference between a good shooter and a bad shooter is consistency. From the time you decide you’re going to shoot a shot until the shot goes off, everything has to be the same. As long as you maintain your process, you’re fine. From the time the gun leaves the bench, everything you think, do and see until the shot goes off should be the same. If anything interferes with that, you abort and reset. The ability to shoot well comes from dealing with each individual shot. I don’t get nervous before a championship match. The first time someone is knocking on winning the nationals, they are going to feel a little anxiety because it’s something they haven’t done before. We’re not changing the course of history, so if you’re not having fun, there is no sense in doing it. There is no sense in getting stressed about shooting a pistol match. Once you develop a shot process, it’s hard to forget it. Most people don’t consciously develop a shot process or set out to develop one. When I began shooting, I had to actually write down a process. I don’t do the same process now, but it certainly burns into your mind the notion that you need to have a process, even if it changes over time. I avoid the whole issue of pressure by getting into my shot process. I focus on each individual shot and each individual string of fire.

ues the interviews with top competitors and how they eir focus under pressure.
you can to raise your scores. So when you’re in the match, you know that you have done everything humanly possible to get ready for the competition. If you have self-doubt, you will not shoot well. You have to have the will to prepare to win. When Gary Anderson was a kid, he couldn’t afford a gun or ammunition. He had read about the great Soviet shooters. With his single shot rifle, he would get into position, point that gun and dry fire for hours at a time in the three different positions. He had tremendous desire. He wanted to win and he did whatever he could to get there. When he finally got into competition, he shot fantastic scores from the beginning.

BRUCE PIATT, PPC, Action Pistol
First of all, I think there are two kinds of pressure. If I’m shooting steel challenge where it is very fast and reaction time is important, I actually need to be a little nervous to go fast. That little bit of nerves or excited energy is good and is acceptable, so long as it is not too much. Bianchi Cup and Bullseye, on the other hand, are slower and based mostly on accuracy. Being nervous in those competitions is going to ruin your day. It will affect you mentally and physically. Being nervous means you’re
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - November 2011

Shooting Sports USA - November 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Nikon’s New M-233 Scope
Score Sheets
2011 National Police Shooting Championships
A Sight for Old Eyes—Iron Sight Solutions
How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part III
A Page from History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Nikon’s New M-233 Scope
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 9
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 12
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 2011 National Police Shooting Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - A Sight for Old Eyes—Iron Sight Solutions
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 21
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part III
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - A Page from History
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