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Game Plan in Practical Shooting

Game Plan in Practical Shooting

Game Plan (GP) is the way you perform and act on a particular stage. It means, how you plan to move around the stage, the order in which you hit your targets, when and how you should load your gun, etc. In other words, it's all your actions on the stage between a starting signal and your last shot.

Your result depends not only on your shooting skills, it also depends on your Game Plan. That's why it is so important to consider your Game Plan carefully. In this article we will talk about main rules of Game Plan design.

10 Basic Rules for a Good Game Plan


A simple Game Plan is a good Game Plan. Don't try to complicate your GP with tricky acts, intricate movements and etc. All these things are sources of mistakes and do little to help you. Don't make it unnecessarily difficult.


You must chose your GP carefully and when you came to a decision don't change anything. The fact is that when you make a decision about GP you walk through the stage practicing your actions. This dry training generates a memory effect in your brain and muscles. That means, if you try to change anything, you are likely to mix up everything and make a lot of mistakes. That's why your GP must be solid.

Shooting Position

You should try to decrease a number of your shooting positions if possible. This tactic will save you time. If you can reduce the number of shooting positions ― do it, but don't abuse this rule excessively. Make sure you see your targets well and assume a balanced position for shooting.

Loading on-the-Move

Don't waste your time stopping to load your gun. You should load while moving. You should break your movement for shooting a targets only.

Center of Mass

You have to consider your center of mass when making GP. For example, when you shoot a group of targets, the order of shooting should incline your body in the direction of the next position. Inclining your body in a particular direction will help you to accelerate to your next point. Don't forget about your center of mass.


Look out for shortcuts on a stage. Decrease your movements from one shooting position to another, don't run more than you need to.

New Shooting Skills

Don't put into your GP some tricks which you can't do. Don't try to use some shooting skills you didn't practice while training. Probability of success in this case is very low. For example, if you can't shoot while moving – don't do it. You have all the time for experiments during your training, but a competition is not a training. Competition is evaluation of your skills. Show them.


Consider timing of general shooting components, such as: moving to another side, holding a gun in a different way, methods of loading your gun, etc. It's a necessary activity in your competition. When you encounter an element which is possible to carry out in different ways, you should know how to do it faster. That's why you need to analyzing your timing during your training.

Individual Approach

We are all different. We all have a different physical conditioning , shooting skills, reactions and etc. Thats why there is no ultimate GP. Remember that and look for your own best way to perform at a shooting competition.

Main rule

There are exceptions to every rule, except this one.