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even if they weren't perfect (meaning 10s
along with Xs). The point is that David didn't
in essence make any distinction between
what he imagined and what he did. When
those things become the same things-when
they are equitable and congruent-that's a
powerful component in improving scores.
After you clear Sharpshooter and move
toward Expert, it's more of the same.
Improving the hold and the consistency of
each shot attempt. You work on developing
and defining your personal set of mechanics.
Things that start to matter more making
the shift up to the 90 percent range include
being keenly, continually aware of natural
point of aim. Each position, each shot, every
time. Natural point of aim (NPA) is where the
sights naturally "look" when the shooting
position is neutral (static and unforced). The
most accepted means to determine NPA is to
close your eyes, get settled, then open your
eyes and see where the sight is. If it's not on
the target where you want it, then shift body
alignment until it is. This is very important.
Correcting lateral NPA is an alignment issue,
not a position mechanics issue. Again, it's
where your position is locating the sight.
Rotate left or right, as if you were on a
phonograph turntable, to get centered left
and right. Vertical NPA correction often
requires a position adjustment. Altering
supporting hand positioning or even the
amount of air held during a shot attempt
held settles vertical NPA.
"Hold" is where you put the sight. Hold
and NPA need to coincide. If they don't, NPA
wins out every time. When NPA wins, it's the
little, subtle shift that often occurs just at the
moment of firing. Watch for it.
A big part of this now is sorting out the

This, in itself, isn't High Power! But things like this are
a part of High Power for many folks. Don't get caught
up in owning every gizmo out there, but do get fully
caught up in getting the things that you really need.
Get good things and they'll be the last ones you buy.

Developing a dead-consistent and systematic procedure
for "mounting up" your rifle pays big dividends in
improving scores. You can't control everything, but a
focus on those things you can control will improve the
consistency of the shooting position itself. Trust me! It
works wonders-a good for-instance is placing the rifle
buttplate into the shoulder pocket in the same spot, the
same way each time. Make it a habit!

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