It starts the moment you swing your legs out of bed. It creeps into your mind, locks on and won’t let go. Driven by an insatiable appetite to improve your shooting skills, you can virtually think of nothing else. It gnaws at you every single day. To help you on your path, we’re going to connect with some of the top shooters in the industry. First up is Tori Nonaka, a member of Team GLOCK.
Once you have become a proficient shooter, it is a common misconception that being fast is all that matters. Super-fast splits between your super-fast shots. In fact, there is far more time that can be saved between your target transitions than could ever be made up with a fast finger.
The disadvantage of having incredibly fast shots and slow-to-moderate target transitions is that not only will your accuracy suffer, but your overall time and score will take a hit, as well. If you focus on faster target transitions, and accept a slower split time between shots, you will see a much better score on each target—and your overall time will be faster. To sum it up, don’t shoot fast, just do everything else faster.
To take you step by step through the process, let’s start with a clear sight picture with your sights lined up on target. Pull the trigger straight back—smooth and clean—while envisioning your shot going down range.
A good follow-through is always necessary, so watch your sights rise and fall back into place before making your second clean shot. Once you have let your second shot go down range and have executed your follow-through, it is time to begin a smooth and speedy transition to the next target. It is incredibly important that your eyes make the transition first. Index your transition by locking your eyes on the target you wish to shoot next, and then, drive your gun to that point. It is well worth waiting that extra 0.10 of a second to be sure that your sights are aligned.
Then, it is step one all over again; execute a clean trigger pull with great follow-through, and repeat the entire process for the remaining array of targets.
- Tori began shooting when she was 12 years old.
- At 15, she became the youngest member on Team GLOCK.
- Tori has established herself as a top junior and lady competitor in USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge and GSSF competitions.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the July 2016 print issue of World Of Firepower.