So what exactly does it mean to "call your shots"?
Calling a shot.
What does it mean?
The ability to know where your shot hit without looking for the hole on the target.
This is a skill that takes some practice.
Some of the elements are:
With focused repetitions and the ability to keep your eyes focused on the front sight plane (not letting the eyes travel to the target in order to check for holes) you can "call your shot" based on the sight picture and alignment at the moment the round is fired.
*Proper Trigger Press
A good clean trigger press in a straight, rearward motion will not move the gun to the left or right as you come through the break wall. The shot will land where your sights are. If you are pushing/pulling the trigger to the left or right, this will move your point of impact to the left or right during the press. Thus, moving the point of impact.
*Grip and Recoil
Even circumfrencial pressure throughout the trigger press will also ensure the shot doesn't deviate from your point of aim. The gun will track up then down through recoil, settling back in to the point of aim. If grip tension has changed through the trigger press, it can be felt in the unnatural movement of the recoil. As you practice sighted fire repetitions, you will begin to "feel" these movements. Thus aiding in calling your shot.
This may seem like a lot to think about and learn, but it is definitely possible to achieve and will take your shooting skills to the next level.
You can practice this by keeping a second target next to you. Mark where you think the sights were as the gun went off. Track your shots and see how they compare to what is on your actual target.
As always: only YOU can prevent ballistic masterbation.
Shooting skills: get you some.
Christie Bass is a wife and mother of 3 children. She is a USCCA Firearms instructor and Training Counselor dedicated to empowering all human beings and helping them to realize just how valuable they truly are. She is adamant that we take all steps necessary to teach individuals how to keep themselves free from violence and believes human life holds the highest value.