3 Lessons From Swinger Practice


I don’t personally own a swinger. I know, I should buy one, but up until recently I didn’t have a place to keep it etc, etc. So, I practiced with some friends who own one and I here where a few things I learned.
 
 


I wanted to practice the swinger because in the upcoming Area 8 match book they had what looks like a pretty wicked set up- a swinger that only shows when it is vertical, bookended by no-shoots and then bisected by a wall. See photo. Not a set up I shot before and wanted to give it a try.
 
 While practicing here are a few things I picked up:
 
 1) Make Sure to Make the Easy Shots! I set up a “mini” stage with the activator, a couple pieces of stationary paper and then the swinger. The first couple times I shot it I rushed my first shots in anticipation of the swinger. Don’t rush the open targets- they are easy points.
 
 2) Remember- Sights on Target. This sounds basic, and it is, but even being experienced I found myself struggling at first. Regardless of if you are shooting a still or moving target you must have the sight lines up and on the target. If you get to watching the target and don’t look at your sights you will have a non-hit. If you line up your sights and point them in the general direction hoping to hit the target you will have a non-hit. The trick is to see a good sight picture and when the target edge appears behind it pull the trigger- don’t wait for the whole target or it will swing out of the way before you react.
 
 3) Call your Shots. This might be the hardest thing for me personally. During practice I kept shooting three shots and walking down to three hits- usually 3 A’s or 3 C’s- always three good hits. I saw the hits knew they were on target but shot a third anyway. I was struggling in trusting myself- I wanted to put another one on there “just in case”. While it is always better to have more shots needed than not enough, I didn’t want to practice putting in time for an un-needed shot. So before I was done I made myself shoot two good shots and move on- and they were there.
 
 Bonus Tip: The best way to learn to shoot a swinger is to shoot it. While money, space and time are all precious I will be going out to buy my own swinger, find a place to keep it and take the time to set it up, occasionally. 🙂
 
 What are your rules of thumb when it comes to shooting swinging targets?
 
 
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