Shooting at a Moving Target: 6 Essential Tips

Shooting at a moving target isn't just a skill; it's a challenge that many enthusiasts strive to master. For the newbies at the firing range, hitting a target on the move can seem like an impossible feat. But with the right guidance and a touch of persistence, it's a skill that's within anyone's reach.

In this article we'll break down the techniques into simple, digestible steps, making the art of hitting a moving target not only achievable but also exciting.

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Interesting Facts

Here are some interesting facts about shooting moving targets you probably didn't know:

  • During the early Olympics, certain events that are considered unusual by today's standards were featured, one of which was the inclusion oflive pigeon shooting in 1900. However, after the 1900 games, clay targets were introduced to replace live pigeons.
  • Electronic targets and wireless communication have revolutionized moving target shooting in recent years. These systems allow for more precise tracking and scoring of hits and faster target acquisition and reset times.
  • Shooting at a moving target requires a shooter to have excellent hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and tracking skills. It's a skill that takes years to master and requires a lot of practice.
  • One of the most famous shooting competitions in the world is the Bianchi Cup, which includes a moving target event. This competition is considered the pinnacle of practical shooting and draws competitors from around the world.

Shooting at a Moving Target - 6 Useful Tips

Congratulations on taking your shooting skills to the next level. Before we go any further, a big pat on the back for learning some fascinating facts about this sport. Feel free to use them at your next BBQ as conversation padding.

Now, let's get into the thick of it with these 6 useful tips to hit moving targets.

1. Know your target and environment

The first step to hitting your target is to know your target and environment like the back of your hand! So, let's break it down.

  • You have to understand your target's speed, direction, and distance. You can't just shoot randomly and hope for the best - that's a recipe for disaster! If you want to hit that target, you have to know its every move.
  • Don't forget about external factors like wind, light, and obstacles. Wind can seriously mess with your aim, so be sure to consider it. And if it's too bright out, you might have trouble seeing your target (our ANSI-certified, tinted safety glasses can definitely help you with this!). Also, ensure your safety glasses remain clear to maintain precise vision and focus.

2. Use proper shooting techniques

Proper shooting techniques would be the second tip for hitting the moving targets with precision and finesse.

  • Position your body correctly. None of that slouching or leaning business. Stand up straight, shoulders back, and get ready to take aim. And remember to keep your eyes on the prize - you can't hit what you can't see!
  • Use a proper grip and stance. It’s extremely important how you hold the gun. You have to use a proper grip and stance, specifically a firm grip and a stable stance.

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3. Anticipate the target's movement

How to shoot a moving target? You have to learn how to anticipate that target's every move. Let's break it down into 3 stages:

  • Predict the target's trajectory. None of that "aim and pray" business. You have to study that target and determine where it will go. Will it zigzag? Will it make a sudden turn? Once you can predict where the target will go, you are ready to take the next step.
  • Move with the target, but don't run after it. We're talking about following the target with the barrel of your gun. If the target is constantly moving out of the crosshairs, you need to go back to the above point.
  • Use your peripheral vision. Outside elements can interfere with your shot. Keep your focus on the target but watch your surroundings for disruptions. You need to keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Bonus tip. Some people find it hard to follow a target accurately but are good at predicting the future target location. If you know where your target will be, simply aim for this location and wait for the target to move into your sights before firing. Don’t forget to adjust your aim if it is windy.

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4. Stay calm and focused

Shooting at a moving target can be easier said than done, so staying calm is crucial to hitting your mark. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Repeat a few times if you need to. Visualize your success and imagine yourself hitting the bullseye. Now, let go of any tension in your body and focus on the task at hand.

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Focus on your breathing and keep your mind on the present moment. This is where things can get tricky, especially if your mind is prone to wandering. But don't worry, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve.

Try repeating a mantra to yourself, like "I can do this" or something similar. You can also try visualizing your target as a still object, even if it's moving. Imagine it as a photograph frozen in time. This will help you stay focused and not get distracted by the target's movements.

5. Moving Target Practice - Practice consistently

Practice makes perfect, but it's not just any practice; it's a consistent practice that's the real key to mastering any skill, especially when it comes to firearms. You have to put in the time and effort. But don't worry, it's not all hard work and no play. In fact, moving target practice with different types of targets and firearms can actually be pretty fun.

Now, when it comes to measuring your progress, you can do a few things. First, keep track of your accuracy over time. Second, identify areas where you're consistently missing the mark and focus on improving those skills. And third, don't be afraid to adjust your approach if something isn't working.

6. Shooting at a Moving Target - Safety First

Always follow safety protocols when handling firearms. That means keeping your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot and always pointing the gun in a safe direction. And speaking of safe directions, never shoot at a target if there's a risk of hitting a person or property.

And one more crucial thing related to safety is wearing safety gear. Safety gear is essential to any responsible gun owner's routine. In fact, many ranges require that you wear safety gear before you're even allowed to shoot.

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Final thoughts

In conclusion, shooting at a moving target requires skill and practice to achieve accuracy. It's crucial to have proper technique, equipment, and safety precautions to ensure success.

The six key tips for shooting moving targets include understanding the target's movement pattern, maintaining proper body position and balance, mastering trigger control, anticipating the shot, and practicing regularly.

With these tips, you can improve your shooting skills and increase your chances of hitting a moving target. Remember to prioritize safety at all times and never compromise on it.

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