Of all the fundamentals, follow through is the least reinforced and a quick casualty to marksmanship evaluation. Good practices in the recovery stage contribute to greater hit ratios in multiple round engagements.
Many shooters wonder why they are consistently hitting low of their point of aim. The answer, poor recovery. Here is how this occurs:
- I’m aiming at my target; my sight picture and alignment are good.
- I practice good trigger manipulation through the break of the shot.
- Where did I hit?
The signals that the brain send to the body are lightning quick. Shooters are often trying to evaluate their hit as they squeeze the trigger. This is an almost simultaneous act, so that:
- As the shot is breaking,
- The pistol is lowered slightly in order to check the target,
- Resulting in a low shot.
In order to cure this problem, practice good recovery techniques with fundamental drills. By consciously acquiring a second sight picture, then resetting the trigger, before checking your target, shooters will accomplish two tasks.
The first is simple; the shooter will slow down and not rush back to a starting position or to check the target.
Second, by associating the acquisition of a second sight picture with trigger reset as part of the normal recovery process shooters will find that they are faster and more accurate in multiple round engagements.