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Fatigue While Shooting

Bad Day Shooting, Good Day WorkRange time is the best time of the week. A bad day shooting, beats a great day at work any day! Sometimes I get so excited for a range visit that I bring 3-4 handguns and a backpack full of ammo. But how do you balance your shooting and fun to make sure your shooting session is actually training versus creating bad habits?

Fatigue is very important to watch out for. Loading a Glock 19 full of .9mm and doing slow fire through an entire magazine (or two or three) will get your arms tired. It’s not the idea of avoiding while you are tired or fatigued that is important, it is making sure that your practice is perfect. Because the only way to get better is through perfect practice. If your practice turns to junk because you are getting fatigued, lazy, developing a flinch, or starting to shoot poorly – stop. Simply set the gun down and take a rest.

Ever watch a new shooter take their sweet time holding the weapon on target and squeezing off a mere 5 to 10 rounds but it took them nearly a few minutes? The first few shots when they are relaxed and focused seem to be good hits, and it’s all downhill from there. Ask them to pause, put the gun down, and relax. They pick it back up and shoot well again.

As we practice, make sure your practice is perfect. When you get fatigued you will lose your form, your grip, your focus, and your performance. As you develop these skills it becomes good practice to push yourself in fatigue and under pressure (time pressure, competition, etc.) because it will help hone in your skills. However, watch the balance and make sure your practice allows you to develop good skills and good habits. Don’t be afraid to take a break!

If you got only one thing from today’s blog it is this: If you are going to practice, make it perfect practice and be mindful of fatigue.

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