Stay Focused

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Jim Gilliland looking down the scope of a rifle

Sometimes, it’s hard to stay away from distractions. Everyone’s mind can drift. It’s annoying, and it can also happen when you’re shooting. Keeping your focus can be difficult, but it’s necessary if you want to have confidence with your shot and effectively hit the target. Here are 5 tips to improve your concentration for more effective shooting sessions.

1. Meditate

Have you ever considered meditation? There are plenty of misconceptions surrounding this activity, yet few know how much meditation can help your ability to focus. It trains your brain to shut down the many thoughts that would distract you, helping you concentrate on one specific thing: shooting.

2. Train Your Eyes

Your eyes are crucial when shooting, and they’re one of the main factors contributing to overall focus. You need to train them to deal with both static and moving targets, which is done through practice. Spotting scopes are also a great aid. They can be useful for both long-range competition shooters and hunting. A proper one usually has 20-60x magnification.

one hunter looking down the scope of a rifle on a tripod and another hunter looking through a rangefinder

3. Keep Distractions Away

Shooting is no joke, and you don’t want a distraction to harm you or someone else. A Facebook notification is enough to make you rush—mentally or physically—toward your phone to check it. So, make sure your phone’s notifications are off, and you only use it for the Ballistic app while shooting.

4. Take Breaks

Sustained shooting sessions that don’t give your mind and body a break can easily break your focus. We all need some time off to regain our power and refresh our mind, and the same goes during a shooting session.

5. Focus on the Feeling

When shooting, from the moment the bullet leaves the barrel, you have a specific feeling that’s hard to replace. That feeling tells you whether your shot will hit the target or miss. By focusing on that feeling, you’re better equipped to concentrate and not think of distractions. Visualize the shot, feel the shot, and know it will hit.Follow these steps next time you head behind the scope to ensure better focus and an improved shooting session.

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