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PART TWO:

ON TO EXPERT

M

oving through Sharpshooter to
Expert is quicker when there's
more effort put toward improving
shooting mechanics. I don't think it is
possible to improve all that much solely via
some sort of osmosis where it's possible to
get better through range time. No. You need
to dig in and learn better ways, maybe even
some different ways, to approach everything
from the stance to the grip to body part
positioning. You need to go more deeply into
the "how-to." "How-to" develop a stronger
offhand position, how-to exercise better
triggering mechanics, how-to build a sturdy,
stable sitting position, and on down the list.
This is the experimentation phase. This
phase may not end.
I'm not here to dictate any one set or sets
of mechanics, although I surely could (set
after set after set; I've tried a lot of different
things) but the point is to first identify what
it is that you do, and also what it is that
you want to do! And then start working. It's
really as simple as watching sight location
and movement, making an adjustment in
shooting position, and the idea is to see a
better and better hold, which is a hold that
remains nearer center longer. Start feeling
like you're in the same position, always in
the same position, that everything feels the
same, and that it's serving you well, on each
shot. That means looking completely and
critically at the current points of position
mechanics you're using.
As said, there's a point where you have to

A focus on improving shooting mechanics will pay
off greatly to help climb the ladder toward higher and
higher scores. There, yes, are decidedly better ways
to do most anything, and, yes, there are decidedly
different beliefs in, specifically, how those things
should be done. Ultimately, you'll find your own set of
mechanics and develop a "control position." Don't be
afraid to experiment, and don't be afraid to abandon
anything that's not working, no matter who said it was
the only way to go. If you keep simple goals in mind-
seeing less and less sight movement, for instance-
and gear your experiments to furthering these goals,
you will get there. Even figuring out how best to
position and set up a sling can make a whopping
difference in stability.

define your shooting position mechanics.
However, there's never a point where those
mechanics can't change. The point is know
what, specifically, it is that you do so you
can find areas to improve and changes to try.
You must have a "control" shooting position,
something to work from making positive
changes, and something to return to when the
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