Shooting on the move is often a difficult skill for shooters to master and actually it begins with your feet. I’m going to show you how to move forward, backwards, and side to side.
A common problem for shooters when they are learning how to shoot on the move is that they march toward the target, they keep very upright, and that is going to cause a lot of bouncing in your sight picture.
Instead you want to have smooth motion and that starts with your feet. You want to roll your feet, slowly heel to toe as your advancing toward your target, so that you keep your sights flat on target. Lets load up and see how it’s done.
Just like you are moving forward towards your target, when you move back from a target you want to have smooth motion with your feet, but instead of heel to toe you want toe to heel. So your sights are on target and you’re moving slowly back toe to heel. Let’s do it in real time.
When you’re moving side to side the premise of advancing and retreating stays the same, except at some point things are going to change up. You want to start on your array of targets moving heel to toe.
Now at some point it is going to become very awkward to engage these targets. That’s when you are going to want to switch things up and move from toe to heel. It doesn’t matter if you are starting from the right, the left, whatever direction you are going, the premise stays the same. Let’s see it in real time.
Footwork in moving from position to position, is just as critical. Let’s say I have an array of targets I’m shooting and I have to advance to another position. I’m going to race over there keeping my muzzle down range and if I move in with this foot I’m not going to be ready to engage those targets.
So instead, I want my lead foot to enter into the box as I’m extending out onto the target, just as soon as my trailing foot leaves the ground moving into the box.
Same thing applies if I move in the other direction. If I’m moving this way, keeping the muzzle down range, I’m going to race over to this box. I want my lead foot to enter so that I’m ready to shoot once I’m in.
For practical shooting whether you are moving forward, backward, side-to-side, or into positions footwork is something you are going to want to work on. Until then I’ll see you at the range.