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Error Number One in Shooting
Muscules Model Of Shot
How To Create\u201cMuskule Models\u201d

Dynamic Aiming

Pulse Technique
Trajectory Length
How To Choose A Good Prone Position
Mental Training

Segmenting A Performance
Error Number One in Shooting
Shooter's Coordination Analysis

The \u00abCoordination Diagram\u00bb shows the time equal to one second to the actual time during
which a shot is made along the X axis, and deflection from the centre of the target along the Y
axis, while the resulting curve shows the mean deflection of all the aiming trajectories from the
centre of the target.

Analysis of the curve makes possible the evaluation of a shooter's skill and readiness at a

given time.
The curve may be of three different types as follows:
\u2022 Smoothly descending prior to actual shooting;

\u2022 Horizontal;
\u2022 Ascending prior to actual shooting.

The first and the second types of curves are as a rule indicative of a shooter in good form and
of a successful training session, although one should also pay attention to the deflection of the
curve from the centre of the target. Beginners often produce smoothly descending or horizontal
lines, though being rather far from the centre of the target, this is not indicative of high

The third type of curve- the one with a slight ascent- relates the existence of a problem during
the final stage of shooting. In other words, the weapon is shown to deflect from the aiming
point prior to shooting.

The beginning of the curve's ascent almost always lies within the range of 0.3-0.2 seconds
before the shot is executed. It is related to the time of a human's physiological response. While
aiming, and having made necessary adjustments, a shooter makes a decision and instructs his
finger \u00abto pull the trigger\u00bb. The time delay between having made the decision and executing
the shot is 0.2-0.3 seconds.

The same is observed on the target while undertaking the simplest analysis of an aiming
In the following example the aiming trajectory 0.2 seconds prior to actual shooting is shown in
blue, while the trajectory 1second prior to shooting is shown in yellow.

It is evident that a shooter holds the weapon rather firmly in line with the centre of the target
during the 1 to 0.2 second time span prior to actual shooting, but that the weapon is deflected
from the aiming point during the last 0.2 seconds.

This phenomenon may be called the Number One problem in shooting. In fact, it is
encountered by every shooter- from a beginner to an Olympic champion. When asked, a
sportsman answers that either his finger fails to pull the trigger, or that the trigger is too hard to
pull. Another common response is that the stability is good, but that at the point of shooting the
weapon deflects from the centre. The main cause of the problem lies in the loss of control over
the weapon's position.

The origin of the error is as follows:

When making a shot a shooter must focus his attention on three main components: AIMING,
physiology and psychology, a person cannot effectively focus his attention on several actions
at the one time. One action is OK, two is a considerably worse, while three and over are
impossible to control simultaneously. This is precisely the case with shooting, where there are
three elements.

Prior to shooting a shooter focuses his attention on AIMING and ARMS POSITION CONTROL ; after adjustment he makes a decision to PULL THE TRIGGER, but his concentration capacity is insufficient and he is forced to \u2018borrow' from the AIMING or the ARMS POSITION CONTROL actions, more commonly from the ARMS POSITION CONTROL, thus resulting in an inaccurate shot.

Let us address each of the actions one by one so as to better understand the problem.

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