Go have a read of this.Â Mr. C is a pin shooter, which is a bit different than the prevalent discipline at my club, which is Metallic Silhouette.Â I think there are similarities though.Â I find myself in a bit of the beginners scramble to find a setup that works well for me.Â But I am still struggling a bit with the basics.Â I think Mr. C is very correct on this, which I think is true for all pistol disciplines:
I also learned that the faster you try to shoot, the better your trigger control needs to be. 95% of the mechanics of pistol shooting is trigger control, and trigger control isn’t something that comes easily. Most of the top shooters shoot in excess of 20,000 rounds a year, and to get really good trigger control you need to not only practice a lot, but practice regularly. If I don’t practice for a week or so, I really notice the drop in trigger control. Fortunately, it returns fairly quickly!
Silhouette is a bit different, in that I am continuously told I need to slow down, rather than rush.Â Silhouette is timed, but it’s not a race.Â You have two minutes and five shots to knock down five animals.Â Tonight I scored 23 out of 40 in indoor with my Ruger Mk.III, where we use 3/8th scale animals at 25 yards, scaled down (about credit card sized for pigs and rams) to simulate distance for when we shoot outdoors.Â The top shooters score anywhere from 36 on a bad night to 40 (perfect score) on a good one.Â Anything over 20 is a good night for me!Â Most of the times I miss, it’s due to me thumbing the gun left with a poor trigger squeeze, or it’s due to breaking the trigger at the wrong moment.Â At this point I can tell why I miss shots, but I’m still working on avoiding the mistakes.Â Some things I’ve been observing:
- You can’t give a poor shooter good equipment and make them better.
- Good equipment will make a good shooter better.
- The very best shooters can outshoot good shooters even with poor equipment.
While most of the top silhouette shooters are shooting either Anschutz bolt action pistols, or TC single shot breech loading pistols, I’m sticking with my Ruger for now.Â I want to make sure I’m shooting as best I can with inexpensive equipment before investing in something better.Â I’m definitely experimenting to see what works well and what doesn’t, but I think one mistake beginners tend to make is thinking good equipment will make up for bad fundaemtnals.Â It won’t.Â The only thing that will make you better is getting out there and doing it, over and over, and learning what works and what doesn’t.Â I’m still getting started.