Article By: Sky Spence
Hey guys, today, I want to talk about shooters preference; what shooters preference, actually is, what it means and how best you can apply it to improve your shooting skills. When it comes to marksmanship, there are no shortcuts or tricks, the secret to effective marksmanship, is the application of the fundamentals. You should be applying the fundamentals the same whether you’re in a competition, in a combat zone, hunting, or simply shooting at the range. The best shooting techniques and the latest gadgets are only as good as the shooters ability to apply the fundamentals.
Being comfortable is critical when it comes to your shooting positions, firearms manipulation, and shooter success. There’s more than one way of doing everything, what works best for me might not work best for you. We may have completely different body types, be shooting different firearms, and have different strengths and weaknesses. For example; while doing, a speed reload, one shooter may find when reloading they prefer to keep their arms extended in front of them for speed. While others may prefer to bring the firearm in closer to their chest for increased control. Fine tuning your shooting skills comes from brilliance in the basics, repetition, practice, and testing different techniques.
There is no set standard for how a police officer must arrange their belt, they are trained to apply shooter preference. During my time in the Marine Corps Infantry over the duration of three combat deployments, I developed specialized ways to configuring my equipment. I would change what firearm I was using and the gear I carried based on the mission at hand. For example, if I am going to be shooting mostly from the prone, for comfort and accessibility reasons, I wouldn’t want to have all my spare magazines or any other equipment on my abdomen. However, I prefer the complete opposite if I’m going to be shooting mostly from a standing or kneeling position. Shooter preference is NOT a safety shortcut!
An average shooter applies shooter preference in a variety of ways. This can be as simple as what type of firearm you prefer, the caliber that suits you, the type of holster or sling, and how you draw and carry that firearm. An experienced shooter improves their skills, refine their techniques, and adds variations, their success is rooted in the proper application of the fundamentals. Always practice shooting techniques with an unloaded firearm!
Safety should always be your first priority!
Firearm Safety Rules:
TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED
NEVER POINT YOUR FIREARM AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT INTENT TO SHOOT
KEEP YOUR FINGER STRAIGHT AND OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE
KEEP YOUR WEAPON ON SAFE UNTIL YOU INTEND TO FIRE
KNOW YOUR TARGET, AND WHAT LIES BEYOND AND IN BETWEEN