It is duly understandable that people are already tired of hearing about this ammo shortage, but it is likely to continue for months to come. It does not matter whether you still have a stash of bullets or not; you are likely to be more prudent in the foreseeable future when it comes to ammunition consumption. There is no alternative for firing shots downrange in some instances. Time spent behind the trigger enhances our shooting skills, but many of us are unable to do so at the moment due to a scarcity of cartridges. However, this ammo shortage is still a positive aspect: it may aid in your shooting skill to substantially improve.
If you are accustomed to blasting through bullets at the range carelessly, a shortage of ammo can help you stay focused on each shot and focus on improving your accuracy. Each bullet that would be fired from now on must serve a purpose, contributing to enhancing the shooter’s abilities and confidence with a particular handgun.
Shooting practice is only beneficial if you improve. While firing from the hip, going through magazines as quickly as you can, or engaging in other casual shooting is fun; however, it will not benefit you when it matters most. You will finish up with a hot barrel and no ammunition—not a good situation to be in at the moment.
There are numerous drills and tactics available to help you improve your accuracy. Various drills require little ammunition, and training can frequently be conducted with rimfire rifles if you have the ammo. Additionally, numerous dry-fire drills can assist you in developing and improving your core shooting skills. Even if they are simple, a combo of live fire and dry-run training can be pretty beneficial and, at the same time, help conserve ammo. Drawing your handgun, acquiring a target, transitioning, proper breathing, and significant trigger control may all be extensively trained without using any bullets, revealing things like that of an anticipatory flinch that you might miss during live firing.
Even on the shooting range, dry-fire drills are beneficial. When zeroing a hunting rifle or verifying the accuracy of handloads, it is always recommended to spend several minutes practice dry shooting first at the target prior to sending a bullet downrange. This will allow you to detach from whatever might be going on that day, concentrate on your breathing, slow your pulse rate, and cleanly detach from the trigger. By the time you are ready to shoot, you will already be tuned up and capable of getting the most out of the ammunition you will be using. You should also train in drawing and dry-firing your concealed-carry weapon constantly. Certain aspects of shooting, such as recoil management, require practice. However, many of the components that can help you get the smooth draw, proper handgrip, sight acquisition, and a flawless first shot may be mastered without firing a shot.
Below are some of the primary ways to improve or skill up on your shooting before you fire your ammo:
- Know your gun/s
We agree that it is gratifying to visit the range and explore and try new firearms on occasion; in fact, the range is ideal for evaluating a gun you are considering purchasing and familiarizing yourself with a few guns you are unfamiliar with. However, if you want to improve your shooting ability, you must begin by thoroughly studying the ins and outs of at least one or two firearms. This requires investing in your personal weapon and practicing with its features until they become your second nature. Additionally, you will want to consider bringing your safety gear, such as ear and eye protection.
2. Focus on your accuracy
You will realize that hitting the target is not enough. To enhance your talents, you will want to begin focusing on consistently hitting the target inside specific accuracy margins. With practice, you will see that your aptitude to group shots has increased, increasing your accuracy.
3. Practice proper trigger pull
You may not be aware of it yet, but the way you pull the trigger has a significant impact on your ability to fire straight. You will want to familiarize yourself with, comprehend, and absorb the greatest trigger-pulling tactics until you can perform them without overthinking about them. Ideally, you will want to pull the trigger steadily and avoid jerking or flinching. Such wrist movements will throw off your aim, resulting in poor accuracy.
4. Proper stance
Similar to your trigger pull, your stance during shooting can affect your ability to shoot the target. While you are at the range, practice adopting the ideal starting shooting posture, which requires your feet to be approximately shoulder-width apart and your left foot a little forward, and your right foot a little backward for right-handed shooters. Of course, there are other situational stances to master, but for the range, this fundamental stance is the one you must use the most if you are a beginner.
5. Practice dry-firing
Before you go to the shooting range and burn through a load of ammo, conduct some dry fire practice to ensure your mechanics are solid. As the name implies, you must empty your pistol before doing any dry fire practice. You might even attempt establishing a mock target to provide a focal point for your aim. Due to the absence of recoil or noise, the only considerations here are the fundamentals – stance, trigger pull, etc.
6. Practice makes perfect
As they say, practice makes perfect. If you want to improve your shooting ability, you must accomplish all of the things mentioned above and repeat the same process until you perfect it. While you may not notice immediate improvements as you continue shooting practice, the minor improvements will prove essential over time, and your shooting abilities will gradually improve.
To wrap it up, since it seems that this ammo shortage will continue for months to come, you must conserve your bullets. Do not just carelessly fire your ammo even if you still have a stock full of it.