If you want to become a better shooter, one thing you can work on is expanding your field of view.
Many shooters when they fire their gun get tunnel vision, which will make you miss out on a lot of important information that you need to know about.
Whether you’re shooting in competitions or in a self defense situation, you don’t want to be tunnel visioning on one little thing…you want to see what’s going on around you so you can make informed decisions.
Training instructor Mark Redl says he sees this all the time in the shooters he trains. That’s why he developed a new training for it that fixes this tunnel vision problem and greatly expands your field of view.
The idea behind how it works is surprisingly simple, and you can get the hang of it in a fairly short amount of time with proper practice.
Here’s how it works.
He puts a lot of emphasis on something called the “head box”, which is an area right around your face. This is the area where you can clearly see anything that comes into its field of view.
When most people reload their gun, they move their “head box” or field of view from one place to another.
You’re shooting your gun and are focused on the target. You can also see other targets around it because they’re in your field of view. But then you run out of bullets and have to reload.
What do you do? If you’re like most shooters, you bring the gun down close to your chest or stomach and look down at it.
Guess what…you’ve lost sight of all the targets you were just focusing on. Now after you’re done reloading you have to regain your focus on those targets again and have more aiming to do before you’re ready to go.
At the very least, this will cost you time during a competition. And at worst, it could cost your life during a self defense situation facing an angry attacker.
Here’s what Mark Redl teaches his students.
Instead of moving your gun down in order to reload, force yourself to keep the gun out in front of you and reload with it in front of you.
This will feel weird when you first start doing it. But even though it will feel weird at first, you’ll immediately notice that you’re maintaining sight on your targets.
If it were a self defense situation, you could even reload and watch your attacker’s movements at the same time.
The key, of course, is that you have to practice this enough that you can do it as comfortably as reloading the other way.
If you do, you’ll be much better equipped to win competitions and protect yourself from attackers.