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Practical Shooting – Accuracy or Speed

Practical Shooting – Accuracy or Speed

If you put this question to experienced shooters, 99% of them would say that accuracy is more important for practical shooting, and this is understandable, because after every miss, you must make another shot to hit the target, and two shots take longer than one well-aimed shot. So, in the end, the lack of accuracy affects the speed (time) of the shooting exercise.

However, in this article we will talk about a bit different thing. We will talk about the difference between the speed and accuracy and how they are related. Intrigued?

In our view, the shooter, by and large, can choose one of two types of skill development, “from speed to accuracy” or reverse, “from accuracy to speed. 

In the first version, we will call it “celeritas”, the shooter tries to shoot as quickly as possible. Understanding the aiming, shooting technique, weapon holding and everything else becomes secondary. The main thing is to shoot as quickly as possible, and in case of failures to continue shooting the non-hit targets as quickly. After much training, this shooter is likely to develop ultra-fast shooting rate, and the mistakes will become less frequent. Therefore, the shooter reaches a certain result because of fast shooting. 

Option two: “diligentia”. In this case, the shooter presses the trigger only after the sighting devices are aimed at the target, the weapon is kept technically correct, and the position meets all the canons of practical shooting. And this is the case for each press of the trigger. Time after time, the picture of correctly positioned sighting devices aimed at the scoring part of the target appears in the eyes of the shooter. Training after training, year after year, the shooter accumulates its “diligentia”, learning to shoot consciously. Eventually, the shooter ceases to fix every sighting clearly in memory, but conscious shooting remains forever. In parallel with the accurate shooting skill, the speed of hitting the target increases too, but the nuance is that the speed becomes high-quality, as this shooter has virtually no failure. Finally, the shooter who chose the way of “diligentia”, also begins to show good results at practical shooting competitions.

We must add that the said ways of development are rather rare in pure form, but every shooter always prefers one of them. If we visualize this, one can imagine the scales, one pan of which is called “celeritas” and the other “diligentia”, and the shooter first presses one of them strongly, and then, gradually, is trying to balance them. Achievement of the perfect balance is the shooting excellence, and shooting excellence is a harmonious combination of speed and accuracy, “celeritas” and “diligentia”, Yin and Yang.

So you understand what we mean when we say that shooting “precisely” does not mean shooting slowly, it means shooting consciously, going from accuracy to speed. Shooting consciously means shooting as fast as you can make a proper focus and certainly hit the target.

Now let’s proceed to what way of developing is better and which one you should choose.

We’ll sort it out.

First, both of these ways can deliver the result, because the main thing is to achieve the balance between accuracy and speed.

Second, as mentioned above, there is virtually no shooter who would fully adhere to only one way of development. Therefore, if the shooter first develops fantastic speed, even with failures, it does not mean that he cannot “stop” and start shooting accurately. Yeah, “stopping” is difficult, but possible.

Thirdly, the name of our sport includes the word “practical”, because any word not confirmed by practice is worth nothing, and however we might defend our position, if you shoot better, this means that your theory is more correct.

Finally, we want to add that the people usually prefer the methods of training and development purely on a subconscious level. If a person is temperamental, quick, and energetic, it is very hard for it to restrain oneself, and fast shooting with failures is a more harmonious expression for it than the monotonous sighting. And, contrarily, if a person has a rather phlegmatic temperament, it will effortlessly hit target after target meticulously. However, for such a person it will be very difficult to build up speed of shooting, movement and manipulation with weapons. Therefore, the development of the shooter is aimed at improvement of its weaknesses to achieve the balance of skills and shooting excellence.