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Old 02-13-2021, 04:56 PM
Cincinatus Cincinatus is offline
 
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Default Why are young kids so good?

I'm 63 years. I got it into my head a few years ago to give air rifle a serious try. So I went out and bought an FWB 800. It has become my favorite rifle to shoot (and I have many rifles). I practice with it consistently in my basement, as I have the necessary 33 feet to shoot it in. Rain or shine (or snow in my case), day or night, I can practice with it. It's great.

Few people are more disciplined than I am. Yet, I suck at it. Offhand, my scores on the NRA A5/10 are consistently in the seventies. Kneeling, in the eighties. Only in sitting and prone do I break into the nineties, and not even then all the time.

I look at the scores from some air rifle matches, and I see these kids shooting scores I can only dream of - high nineties, for the most part, many cleans.

How come they can do it and I can't? It's not for lack of trying on my part, or lack of practice, or lack of quality equipment. And I'm in pretty good shape for an old codger.
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Old 02-17-2021, 01:24 AM
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They have YOUNG EYES! You might try Lasik's.
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Old 02-17-2021, 11:35 AM
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Pretty simple, they have less distractions, clear eyes, better muscle tone, they oxygenate better, and they listen to their coaches. We all have bad habits which get in the way of letting the rifle do its job, Kids do not have that accumulated experience. Its not practice that makes perfect its PERFECT Practice that makes perfect. Focus on quality over quantity of practice and remember that you shoot because you enjoy it. Keep it enjoyable.
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Old 02-18-2021, 05:43 PM
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Pretty simple, they have less distractions, clear eyes, better muscle tone, they oxygenate better, and they listen to their coaches. We all have bad habits which get in the way of letting the rifle do its job, Kids do not have that accumulated experience. Its not practice that makes perfect its PERFECT Practice that makes perfect. Focus on quality over quantity of practice and remember that you shoot because you enjoy it. Keep it enjoyable.
I would enjoy it more if, when shooting Standing, I shot 95's on the AR 5/10 target, rather than 70's.
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Old 02-19-2021, 08:28 AM
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I find from my own experience that, " The more you think, The more you stink. Keep shooting and enjoy it, better standing scores will come in time.
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Old 10-03-2021, 09:52 PM
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I must suck too. I shoot a Diana 75 and my offhand scores are high 70’s low 80’s. I think part of the difference we see in match scores are because they are scored electronically ?so they get a prorated score depending how close the hole is to the next scoring ring. Where Iam shooting paper and just take a score based on the highest scoring ring I break. So I would take a “9” regardless of how close it is to a 10 and if it was scored electronically it might me scored a “9.9” for example. Or maybe Iam all wet and don’t understand how it works
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Old 10-03-2021, 10:44 PM
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I'm 72 and have reluctantly come to accept the adage - "The older I get, the better I was."

The few parts I got that still work hurt when I use them, my eyes are NOWHERE near as good as they were a few decades ago, and I can't shoot my GI 45 now with as tight a group as I achieved when I was on the Army Pistol team at Ft Bragg in '71.

I remain content with being able to still shoot to MOD - Minute of Dead - with all my various firearms. Cuz frankly, I'm just not that good anymore. The mind is willing but the body says "Screw it." - lol

It is also a truth that the "Golden Years" are mostly urine and rust.
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:10 AM
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I'm 72 and have reluctantly come to accept the adage - "The older I get, the better I was."

The few parts I got that still work hurt when I use them, my eyes are NOWHERE near as good as they were a few decades ago, and I can't shoot my GI 45 now with as tight a group as I achieved when I was on the Army Pistol team at Ft Bragg in '71.

I remain content with being able to still shoot to MOD - Minute of Dead - with all my various firearms. Cuz frankly, I'm just not that good anymore. The mind is willing but the body says "Screw it." - lol

It is also a truth that the "Golden Years" are mostly urine and rust.
Now that statement is full of truth!

You should see teenagers shoot their .22 rifles in Steel Challenge!
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:17 AM
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They probably don't over think the process.
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:26 AM
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The human body reaches its peak efficiency (eysight, muscle tone, coordination, etc,) in the mid-twenties. After that it's all downhill. Doesn't mean you can't improve with practice, coaching, and discipline, but there are limits to that improvement.
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