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Score Plateau: 65

You are here because you have fallen in love with the game and you can’t get enough of it.

Up to now, you have just been playing around with different things. While you can hit some of the targets some of the time, something is missing in your game: consistency. And no matter how much you shoot and practice, you just can’t find the consistency button.

You are learning to move and mount the gun, or you should be. If you think you will get very far in this game without learning to move and mount the gun, you are badly mistaken.

Many of the pros shoot gun up, but what they don’t have to do is check the beads to see if the gun is mounted correctly because they have a consistent move and mount. They know – without looking – that they have properly mounted the gun every time. When they mount the gun, it’s like hitting the space bar on the keyboard of your computer – it just happens. That is where consistency begins. If you will learn to move and mount the gun now, you will learn as much as three times faster going forward.

While learning to move and mount the gun without looking at it, you are settling into a comfortable grip, stance, foot position, break zone, and hold points. You will feel like you are making progress, but you are still moving the gun too fast.

Your gun fit is evolving. You are learning how to merge the gun in front of the target on line and take the shot as you mount. Because you don’t have time to check the lead, it makes you look at the barrel and miss. You are battling thinking while you shoot and not being in control. This creates inconsistency.

You have not put in the time to learn to move and mount. This means you close the gun, mount it, check beads in the breakpoint, move the gun to the hold point and check beads again. You cut your eyes to the focal point, call “pull” and chase the target down. And you desperately try to fix the shot at the end. Then you curse and blame your result on everything but yourself!

You are here because you have to think about what you are doing with the gun. This puts the gun in the shot. You are either in the cage with the gun or downrange with the target. You can’t be in two places at once! Learn to move and mount the gun and 65 will be in your rearview mirror.