I've never had any professional firearms training. Everything I've learned about shooting is a result of help from my husband and just going to the range with a pistol, a big box of ammunition and the will to keep at it until I got something right. Some might call it stubbornness - or even stupidity, considering how many times I ended up with a hand numb from recoil and no good targets to show for it - but I seem to need to learn by doing, by feeling how things work.
And just this past week, I felt myself shooting well...
I've been consciously slowing down my trigger finger. I line up my sights, take a breath, hold it and squeeze so slowly that when the gun does go off, I am surprised. I shot the first six rounds this way and was rewarded every time. I fired the last shot for contrast, pulling the trigger too quickly, as I normally would. Close, and still deadly if it came to it, but I didn't feel the same control.
Yoga at the range. The measured pranayama breathing, the focus on posture and small muscle movements, the quieting of the mind - "slow is smooth and smooth is fast" will be my new mantra.