You select your favorite target and hang it up 10 yards away. You eagerly load your magazine with every last round you can squeeze in. You take hold of the gun as your friend prepares to take a picture of you shooting. You line up your sights and smile a little smile as the gun makes that familiar "BANG".
Your friend exclaims that they just got a great picture of you shooting the target. They quickly post it to your favorite social media site. But both of your smiles fade as you realize that the shot was about six inches away from the bullseye. How could this happen? You just had the sights checked for accuracy and the gun STILL doesn't shoot the way it should.
You decide that you must have lined up the sights a little bit wrong. You quickly do the calculations of how far off you were, low and to the left. You adjust your sights accordingly, and, "BANG". You realize that you have now shot high and to the left of the bullseye. What is the deal today?
You put another 50 rounds downrange, but only hit the bullseye a handful of times. Your target looks like somebody fired 9mm buckshot out of a shotgun. Holes are scattered in a very loose pattern. Sure you enjoyed the shooting itself. But the results left you feeling a little frustrated, perhaps even less confident than you were when you came to the range. What happened? How can you correct this?
During my past decade as a firearms instructor, I have seen this scenario play itself out more times than I can count. I watch people shoot hundreds of rounds downrange in an effort to correct it. Unfortunately, if you are not able to identify the problem(s) accurately, you can shoot as many rounds as you want and not only will you not fix it, you will make it worse!
Imagine if you had a sore back. When you went to the doctor, he didn't even bother to analyze why you were in pain or where the pain was located. Instead, he just told you that you needed to lift weights to fix the problem. Obviously, if you had a serious condition, such as a herniated disk, this would create more damage to your back rather than helping it. Finding the source of the problem is the key to fixing anything.
The same is true of shooting. Many times shooters believe they can self-diagnose their problems or just ask their buddy that is a good shooter. The problem is that being a good shooter does not equate to being a good teacher, anymore than being a healthy person equates to being a good doctor. Shooting and teaching (including shot analysis) are two totally different skill sets.
So the key to finding out what is wrong, is admitting that something is wrong. Then taking a hard look at your own application of the fundamentals of shooting. I have found that EVERY shooting mistake is easily correctable, IF you are willing to admit that you may need to change some ideas and concepts that you have previously believed were the key to shooting.
To figure out what you are doing wrong, you will want to pay close attention to the fundamentals of shooting. I will be explaining each fundamental, and breaking down the most common mistakes I have seen students making when applying each of these fundamentals. Once you have reviewed each fundamental, and checked yourself for common mistakes, you will be ready to finally hit the bullseye with precision accuracy.