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Old 12-05-2016, 09:16 PM
hi-revr hi-revr is offline
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Not that a good trigger isn't helpful but the thought of that in your mind while you are shooting is not helpful. I decided early on four years ago I was NOT going to be obsessed about all my triggers being perfect. A few simple reasons; 1) there are multiple trigger weights allowed depending on class. If you shoot bolt, garand, and carbine you will always have very different trigger pulls to adjust to. 2) Certain rifles have limitations on what can be done unless you are really skilled. My 1917 trigger pull was 6 1/2 lbs the last time I checked three years ago. Aside from the weight it has a lot of creep. It's better than a carbine but no comparison to a Geisselle. Clean up your trigger pulls as best you can and forget about them.

Off hand being a gifted thing.........maybe for some but not me. I credit a few different things for my standing normally being a strong point. I dry fire a lot in my basement. If I struggle at the range or dry firing I will make minor adjustments (normally in mu basement dry firing) until I see improvement. There is no single correct standing position.

My suggestions are (all in dry fire at first) What ever your normal standing position is currently, try it for a few shots and mentally note how much wobble area you have. Pick an area to experiment with. Where I started was hand position. I started with the reverse palm, then split finger(forward) rifle on the palm, then the fist, where I saw some improvements last year. Early this year changed cradle of the hand between the thumb and fore finger with fingers pointed up and out. In the middle of last year I also experimented with how far apart my feet were. I never made a change based on improvement in one dry fire or live fire session. I wanted to see improvement in new versus previous position for at least a week. I could give you other specific things I attempted but it is unlimited. Feet squared up to the target, open or close stance. Legs more relaxed and bent or near locked up.

Having experienced shooters watch you and give critiques can be helpful but only if they are presented in a manner that leads you to experiment. A good coach can be worth several points. Most of us must work to improve. All of us must diagnose our own position to some degree if we ever hope to improve. One last tip I've heard some junior coaches use. Right off the bat hold the gun in position for a few minutes. After 3-4 minutes you will have an idea if your NPA is in the ballpark or if you are muscling the gun up instead of resting it on a good bone supported base.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:39 PM
BuddyBGood BuddyBGood is offline
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It's been some time since any word from Greg Ficklin.
Hope all is well.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:44 PM
Greg Ficklin Greg Ficklin is offline
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All is well Buddy. I'm still shooting, helping with the juniors, and running clinics. if there is any aspect of this subject you would like me to address in this thread, ask away.
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Old 04-29-2018, 05:47 AM
Basstar Basstar is offline
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I'm one of those guys mentioned here who has been around firearms, hunting, and shooting now for over 50 years and in some ways wasn't even aware of the CMP, the competitions, etc., and have just started to shoot a bit with a club and am beginning to learn. Better late than never and although I'm enjoying it tremendously, your comments here about the steep learning curve going from sighting in a rifle on the bench and then going hunting to now shooting several rounds, offhand at say 200 yards is spot on. I've met some wonderful folks at the club who invited me to shoot and I'm scouring the threads here to learn from you guys. I truly thank you and genuinely appreciate your help and insight. I do want to give a shout out to Howard "HR" Funk for his excellent videos and his willingness to answer my questions to him on his YT channel. I wish everyone a spectacular 2018. Best wishes and good shooting.

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Old 05-02-2018, 08:40 AM
Hrfunk Hrfunk is offline
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"I do want to give a shout out to Howard "HR" Funk for his excellent videos and his willingness to answer my questions to him on his YT channel."

You are most welcome, Sir! I'm glad you discovered the world of High Power. Good luck to you!

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