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Looking Behind the Barrel

The very act of putting the gun in front of the target without seeing it makes the shooter want to look at it. When the target comes to the gun, the gun is part of the picture. This is significant because the target is the actuator, not the gun. Focus is enhanced and a fixed focus ratio is more easily achieved.

The more you use this, the more obvious it becomes. If you think of inserting in front and thinking how far in front, if you concentrate on looking at the target behind the gun, it seems that it diminishes the gun.

We are actually creating a visual move of focusing intently away from the gun to the target. This enhances the 95/5 ratio, which is great because it allows for the gun to be there. But it de-emphasizes the bird/ barrel relationship. It’s all about the bird.


This is an excerpt from the July 2012 Coaching Hour podcast. You can listen to it and read a written transcript, along with more than 20 years of archived episodes with your Knowledge Vault membership.