Almost everyone at the range is more than happy to show or tell you how to shoot a particular shot. Most of these shooters want to help others learn our sport.
Whether it’s shooting, cooking or riding a bicycle we all need someone to help get us to where we can do those things.
With shooting, as with anything else, you can get opinions from almost anyone. While these are sometimes helpful they are sometimes way off target.
One person may tell you to shoot a target a certain way and another person will tell you to shoot it a different way and a third may tell you that even another way is better. Who do you listen to? Which way is best?
The ideal person to listen to is a trained instructor, one that has knowledge of what you’re trying to do and has been trained to teach and trouble shoot that subject. These instructors are not always available where you shoot but, they are the best.
There are lots of people that think, because they’ve had a few lessons from some talented instructors that they can teach. But, teaching and trouble shooting are acquired skills that take time and effort to learn. You cannot learn everything you need to know in a few short hours of study.
The most knowledgeable instructors have years of experience as shooters and instructors. They have also been trained to be teachers by expert shooter/ instructors, and they have been taught proven methods to teach others the sport.
Whatever you do, try to pick one person to listen to and listen to them exclusively.
As you progress you may want to get a new advisor, one that has exhibited more skill as a shooter and been trained to teach and trouble shoot the subject, but until you’re ready to move to that next step stay with one ‘exclusive’ advisor.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (918)803-2393.