"Calling your shots."

"Calling your shots."

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    "Calling your shots."

    Calling your shots is an advanced shooting skill, or so it seems to be. I've not perfected it yet, sometimes I do it when I don't even know it. I recently interviewed a Master USPSA shooter about it and after the interview, I still don't know if I've even begun to master it yet. However, knowing where your shot went without looking over the top of the gun to look at the target to see where it went, is an art that top level shooters seem to master. Do you feel it applies to a combat situation? I'm thinking not, but curious as to what you think.

    Let me invite you to listen to my podcast on it. www.handgunworld.com

    Just curious if anyone else has any ideas on this. Does it matter what sights you are using?
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    I think that it can be applied to a combat situation if you're facing multiple assailants... You may not have time to be certain one target is completely down before you must move on to the next.

    Also, I think ghost ring pistol sights can help with this (among other benefits).

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    Yes it could be helpful in a real shooting situation. Calling your shots is an exercise used to verify that you are crrectly applying all the fundemental shooting techniques. If you are, the last place you saw your front site as the shot goes off is where the hole in the target should be. During a real shooting your fine motor skills will fail you , so, your application of fundementals may be a little off. That is why you should train in a style that emphasisis gross motor skills and flash site picture aquisition, in many repetitive sequences. You will fight like you train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandgunWorld View Post
    Do you feel it applies to a combat situation?
    Not really. There are many more variables involved than where a shot goes. Handgun rounds are rather underpowered, so even if you're confident your shot went where you wanted it to, you can't be confident that it will have the desired effect (at least not immeaditely). Conversely, many people will stop fighting even if they're not physically incapacitated. Thus, you can't be confident your shot won't end the assault even if it didn't go where you wanted it to. The real feedback needs to come from how an assailant responds to your shots.
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    In that case ......to some degree the target will call the shot for you....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruel Hand Luke View Post
    In that case ......to some degree the target will call the shot for you....
    You could say that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruel Hand Luke View Post
    In that case ......to some degree the target will call the shot for you....
    Good point.
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    At the last shooting match I jerked the trigger and called the shot. I yelled "come back" It didn't work.

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    Gad Beans that technique worked when we were young.

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    When I first learned to shoot my instructor told me that I should be able to call every shot correctly.

    In order to accomplish this one must be able to remember the exact sight picture when the gun went "bang".
    In turn, in order to accomplish the aforementioned, one must not flinch (blink), and one must follow-through (try to maintain the sight picture) as recoil begins.
    Being able to call your shots also lets you know if are having trigger/grip control problems.

    So, being able to call shots accurately, really means you have overcome flinching and have mastered follow-through.

    This will help in all forms of shooting. No so much because you can call your shots, but because you don't flinch, you have good trigger/grip control, and you follow-through.


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    Beans, I think Ron can do this.

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