10m Improvement: 522

As I wrote previously, Service Rifle is still taking most of my daily training, but I’ve been trying to get back to my old air pistol form. I shot another AP60 today. The score improved only slightly over last week from 519 to 522, but the groups were actually much improved. Last time, the distribution was:
10 12
9 27
8 11
7 8
6 2

and this time:

10 15
9 20
8 17
7 8
6 0

I was glad to get rid of the sixes. However, I had about 7 9′s turn into 8′s. Also, I am still shooting 7′s.

My theory today was to go with lighter grip pressure, thinking that way my grip would last longer through the match. That theory was a complete bust. It lead to an unsteady sight alignment as trigger pressure was applied, which lead to jerky trigger pulls. I also had a little trouble getting zeroed.

So for my last 20 shots, I just decided to grip firm and keep the trigger moving. By then my forearms were tired, but here’s how it went:
10 10 9 9 8 46
9 9 8 8 7 41
10 10 10 9 8 47
10 10 10 8 7 45

The 47 was actually my highest string of the day. So despite the minor improvement in score, I see light at the end of the tunnel as my grip strength and endurance continues to improve. I am also getting used to the FWB65 trigger, which is a long rolling trigger as opposed to a clean-breaking 2-stage trigger. I’m confident that if I can sustain a firm grip throughout the 60 shots, the 7′s will disappear and I’ll be popping more 10′s and 9′s. Another improvement that didn’t show up in the score was a number of tight groups of three or four shots touching. As I develop a more consistent head position and get those groups centered, the scores will increase dramatically.

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