3 Fundamentals to Improve Your Accuracy with your Rifle and Handgun

How to Improve Your Accuracy with your Rifle and Handgun ?

Shooting is a lot of fun. Shooting accurately is even more fun. There are a couple easy principles that can be applied to both rifles and handguns that will vastly improve your shooting abilities. These fundamentals are easy to apply, and you’ll notice a difference pretty quickly.

As with any skill, becoming a better shot takes practice. You can study these fundamentals all day, but until you spend hours practicing at the range, it won’t matter.

Read these easy steps, practice, and watch your shot groups improve:

# The Basics

Before getting into the principles of shooting, we will assume that your weapon is accurately zeroed. If your zero is no good, it doesn’t matter how good your techniques are.

However, there are some ballistic fundamentals that go into zeroing your weapon as well. Keep in mind that the optical plane (looking through/down your sights) is slightly higher than the trajectory of the bullet, since the barrel is below the optics.

weapon zeroing
An 18th Security Forces Combat Arms instructor indicates on-target shots on a zeroing target after making sight corrections at the CA firing. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman)

These two planes are nearly identical, but they are only truly the exact same at two different points along the bullet’s trajectory. We won’t bore you with the physics, but it’s worthwhile to research the ballistics of your specific cartridge, that way you can zero the weapon at the appropriate distance. If you zero the weapon at an ideal distance, your point of aim and point of impact will be as close as possible throughout the entire effective range of the bullet.

Now that we’ve gotten past the basics of ballistics, we will talk briefly about the three primary aspects of shooting technique. These three fundamentals are the position that you’re shooting from, your breathing while shooting, and your trigger squeeze.

1. Shooting Position

Shooting position refers to the actual, physical position that your body is in while firing the weapon. This should be a comfortable position that will allow you to control the recoil of the weapon, while also maintaining and clear and consistent sight picture.

Keeping your head in the same position while firing will prevent you from having to reset your vision. This will allow you to focus on your target better, which will improve your accuracy significantly.

When shooting a rifle, the buttstock should be placed firmly against your body. It should be in the indentation between your shoulder and your chest, as this is a pretty stable position that is easy to repeat. Your head should be firmly pressed against the stock of the weapon, and your non firing hand should be slightly pulling the weapon into your body.

 

Rifle Shooting Position

With a handgun, there obviously isn’t as much real estate to work with, so your grip becomes extremely important. There are a couple different methods that are commonly taught. My recommendation is to choose one that works best for you, and do the exact same thing every single time you shoot.

For me, I like to have both of my thumbs pointed downrange on the side of the barrel. Another recommendation with a handgun is to nearly lock your firing elbow, and pull back a little with your forward hand. This has the same effect as pulling a rifle against your shoulder; it helps to reduce recoil and return the weapon to the same firing position each shot.

Handgun Shooting Position

When firing a handgun, you should be in a slightly crouched position. This will make sure that the weapon is more or less at eye level, which serves the same purpose as holding your head tightly against the buttstock of a rifle.

While there are obviously quite a few aspects of shooting position that come into play, the primary goal is that you should be firing from the exact same position each time. This will make it much easier to aim, adjust to recoil, and continue shooting. If you are constantly resetting your body between shots, it will negatively affect your accuracy.

2. Breathing

Breathing is much easier to teach and understand than accurate shooting position. Put your arm out in front of your face and breathe in and out a few times. Notice how your arm slightly moves up and down?

That’s exactly what happens while you are holding your weapon and trying to shoot. If you fire the weapon while you are breathing in or out, the rifle will be moving slightly, which will cause you to miss your target.

To fix this, you should shoot between breaths. “Breathe in. Breathe out. Fire”. Your point of aim will be momentarily steady in between breaths. However, don’t hold your breath, because this could cause other accuracy issues. If need be, just take another breath and reacquire the target through your sights afterwards.

3. Trigger Squeeze

The final basic shooting fundamental is your trigger squeeze. If you jerk the trigger, it will cause you to slightly twitch the rifle or handgun, which will then cause you to have an inaccurate shot. When you are pulling the trigger, you should have a controlled pull, followed by a pause, and then a deliberate release.

Most triggers have a positive block in them. Usually, there’s a certain amount of “slack” in the trigger, followed by this positive block. Right after this positive block, the trigger can be slightly pulled, which will fire the weapon. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, try pulling the trigger on your unloaded weapon. You may notice this positive block.

You should control the trigger back to this positive block, and make all efforts to avoid a jerky final pull. After the weapon is fired, keep the trigger fully depressed, which will prevent a jerky release. From there, slowly release the trigger back to this positive block, and be prepared to fire the weapon again.

Handgun Trigger Pull Shooting Technique

To Sum it Up, 

These three fundamentals will help to improve your accuracy over time. It will take a lot of practice, but over time, you will notice that it becomes easier and easier to repeat the same steps. The primary goal of your shooting fundamentals should be that you are firing from the exact same position, in the exact same way, over and over again.

 

9 Survival And Camping Accessories

Camping Accessories That Can Save You From Being Eaten Up In The Wild

Did you know on an average a human body can survive up to 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water? What if one day you find yourself completely marooned by the wilderness of the forest? Are you capable of surviving? Do you have all the necessary tools to combat the wild?

Well, Check out these 9 camping accessories that can save you from being eaten up in the wild:

1. Survival Folding Knife

You must have the heard the famous saying “Survival of the fittest” Well, it is absolutely true! Surviving in the wild is only possible if you have the right tools and accessories to back it up. A pocket size survival folding knife can be used for everything from skinning an animal to tearing apart a big log of wood. If you find yourself stuck in the wilderness of the forest, back yourself up with a sharp survival folding knife. You can look out for a trusted manufacturer like Perkin Knives, for their uniquely handcrafted and precisely designed knives and daggers available exclusively for camping, hunting and bushcraft activities.

Stone Knife Sharpener

2. Map and Compass

If you are completely relying on a phone GPS when you are stuck in a survival situation, you are certainly doing it wrong. Make sure you carry a map and a compass to help you navigate back to a safe place.

It is mostly advised to carry a topographic map along with a roadmap with yourself when planning an adventurous outdoor activity. If you think you can read a topographic map just by looking at it, you are wrong. You need to be trained and develop your expertise over time with the help of training courses and lessons, specially designed for amateurs looking out for adventurous activities.

Compass

3. Self Aid Kit

You are just not going to find a luxurious hospital with an experienced doctor in the middle of a forest, and therefore, it is necessary for you to carry a self-aid kit. The wild shrubs and growing weed in the forest are all waiting for you to get scratched into their wilderness and hence you need to be self-sufficient.

Were you dodging a predator? Running away from a bear? Stuck in an animal trap? Well, these are some of the most common threats that you are going to face when you are stuck in the wild. Here is a list of some of the essential items that you need to include in your self-aid kit- bandages, chapsticks, tape.

— What all necessary item to include in your self aid kit when camping ?

  1. Insect repellant.

  2. Aspirin.

  3. Sun lotion.

  4. Cotton balls.

  5. Thermometer.

  6. Hydrogen peroxide.

  7. Bandages.

First Aid Kit

4. Insect Repellant

Forest ants and insects are a significant threat when you are out into the forest. Imagine a pound of insects stuck on your foot, decreasing your chances of survival in the wild. It’s mostly advised to carry an insect repellant that will help you combat the spread of bacterial and parasitic disease. Just in case you have some ayurvedic knowledge, you can try making the best use of the leaves and flowers.

5. Water Filtration System

On an average the human body is made up of 60% water and maintaining this water level is crucial in order to survive harsh conditions. In a survival situation, when you are lost into the wilderness of the wood, starving for clean drinking water, it is advised to carry a portable water filtration system, specially designed for campers. Look out for a piece of cloth, a piece of bamboo or a polybag, and make your own water filter.  

6. Multi-functional Tools

The big confusion of carrying a knife or a multi-functional tool has always troubled a lot of campers. When asked about their experience in the wild, most of the campers have always advised carrying a multi-functional tool, which has everything, an inbuilt scissor, cap opener, spoon, knife etc. Multi-functional tools are incredibly convenient and easy to carry as it combines several tools in one.

multi tool

7. Survival Gear

Depending on the type of camping activity you are carrying out, your survival gear will differ. If you are stuck in an Amazon rainforest, you would probably need a rain gear backed up with all the necessary accessories and tools to combat water. It is mostly advised to use rubberised, PVC rain gear that has helped people survive the toughest of the situations.

— What all should your survival kit have?

  1. A Swedish fire knife.

  2. Whistle.

  3. Food.

  4. Signal equipment.

  5. Matchsticks.

  6. Medicines.

  7. Lantern.

  8. Camping lights.

Although different types of survival kits are required for different kinds of adventurous activities, listed above are some of the commonly used tools and accessories included in a survival kit.

8. Serrated, Standard or Combo Blades

Well carrying a knife is not enough when you are planning any camping activity, you need to back yourself up with different types of blades. Most of the campers use full tang camping knives that are uniquely crafted and designed to perfection. If you are carrying a standard blade, it will be easier for you to split wood and other tough tasks when you are stuck in a survival condition.

You should even carry a serrated blade, which has cut out notches over the entire length of the blade, ideal for slicing vegetables and fruits, just in case you find an edible fruit or vegetable in the wild. You can also look out for a combo knife blade with serrations at the extreme bottom side of the blade, which prove to be of the best use, over serrated and standard blades.

9. Signalling Equipment and Fire Starter

Early people knew how to light a fire with rocks but starting a fire, with the rocks, in the wilderness today is a difficult task, and therefore, back yourself with a fire starter kit and keep it in a dry place inside your bag. Do not just rely on an automatic starter kit, carry matchboxes, lighter and some strikers too. If you know how to start a fire in the forest, when you are stuck, you are already a lot closer to getting help. Surviving in the wild is not only dodging the predators but also combating high variations in temperature.  

— Types of signalling equipment that can be used for asking help when you are stuck in the wilderness of the forest :

  1. Fire Starter.

  2. Torch.

  3. Signalling mirror.

  4. Signal panels.

  5. Signal flare.

  6. Pen flare.

  7. High quality flashlight.


To Sum it Up,

These are some of the most important and essential items that must be backed up whenever you are going out for any adventurous outdoor activities, especially camping. The world is too big to give any heed to a single soul ,and therefore, it is just you who can fight for yourself and combat that wilderness.

Make sure you know all the outs and abouts of camping- the risks, threats and other major issues faced by the fellow campers. It is always advised to back yourself up with all the necessary survival tools that will surely help you beat the wild.

 

How to Use a Hunting Knife (In a Fast and Clean Way)

The choice of a knife type to use for hunting is your prerogative. But the principle behind using a hunting knife to hunt is a skill you must learn. The kind of prey you will be hunting is also a major determinant of the knife you will use. That aside, what is the proper way to use a hunting knife? We will answer this question and much more surrounding the use of hunting knife.

Which Are The Best Types Of Hunting Knives?

You cannot purport to know how to use a hunting knife without knowing the different types you can use. There are up to 8 types of hunting knives to choose from. Here is a brief description of each of those types:

#1 CAMP KNIFE 

Schempp Rock camp knife

A camp knife is a multi-purpose knife that most consider a classic hunting knife. The design of the knife gives it the versatility to perform the tasks of the specialized knives.

#2 BOWIE KNIFE 

Bowie Knife

A Bowie is a type of large fighting knife featuring a clip point blade. Although it may not be in wide use today, some hunters still prefer it over the more specialized types.

#3 CAPING KNIFE 

Caping Knife Large
Image credit mgmknives.com

It is the knife type you will use if you are making an animal trophy. Its unique design features an upturned point on a rather small blade. Although a caping blade is specialized, you can still use it for many hunting tasks.

#4 SKINNING KNIFE

S17-035 Damascus Handmade Skinning Knife
Image credit safitechs.com

Skinning needs a lot of attention, keenness, and accuracy. This is because you will need to remove the skin without damaging or tearing the hide. A skinning knife has specialized features. These features will help you achieve such precision without undue pressure. The design includes a razor-sharp blade, and grippy, non-slip handle.

#5 BONING KNIFE

Boning Knife 5 in - Carbon Steel
Image credit sabatier-shop.com

A boning knife will help you remove meat from the carcass. It as narrow blade that is normally flexible. Boning knives are usually somewhat similar to fillet knives used to remove the skin from fish. In fact, you can also use a fillet knife for boning.

#6 HUNTING DAGGER

Hunting Knife with Sharp Blade

A hunting dagger is the hunting knife proper. It is the knife you will use to kill a pray before using the other specialized knives named above. However, nowadays killing pray does not require knives. A true hunting dagger has a sharp double-edged blade and a non-slip grip. You may not need this knife for hunting.

#7 KUKRI KNIFE

Polished Kukri Knife

A kukri knife is native to Nepal. It is a multi-functional knife that you can use both as a weapon and as a utility knife. It resembles a machete with an inwardly curved blade. You can use it for chopping wood, clearing small bushes and shrubs. You can also use it for digging, cutting meat and vegetables, slaughtering animals for food and opening cans. Many hunters now choose Kukri knife because of its versatility.

While the categorization above is based on the utility of the hunting knife, there is another way to classify the knives. You have the chance to choose between fixed-blade knives and folding knives. In case the game you are hunting is large then a fixed-blade knife is better in penetrating the body of the game. They are strong and durable. Folding knives, on the other hand, are preferred because they are easy to conceal and carry. The fact is that most hunting knife types are fixed-blade.

What Should You Use A Hunting Knife For?

Let us set something straight before we continue. You should not use a hunting knife to kill your pray. Instead, a hunting knife should help you prepare a meal out of the kill. This means you will need to kill the prey with a weapon such as a hunting rifle. Then you can use your preferred type of hunting knife to get what you want from the kill.

All hunting knives feature designs not strong enough to pierce or cut through solid bones. You will need something like a saw to do that. But, bigger or heavier knives such as Kukri are strong enough to cut through the bones of certain types of game. Common hunting knives help with the field dressing process and skinning by processing the game inwards from the skin.

Using a Hunting Knife

The processes that will need you to use a hunting knife are just three. There include field dressing, skinning, and butchering. By using the knife properly, you will finish the task quite fast and you will get the most out of your kill. Here are the processes:

STEP 1: Field Dressing

The goal of field dressing is to get the inner organs of the animal (such as intestines) out. Use your preferred hunting knife to make a tiny and careful incision along the underside of the game from the anus towards its ribcage. This process will open a cavity through which you can pull the abdominal and thoracic contents out.

You can then use a heavy-duty knife such as kukri knife to break the ribcage open all the way to the neck. The next step in field dressing includes carefully separating the inner contents from the linings of the muscle and body cavity. The process may be messy if you are not keen. Try as much as possible not to contaminate the meat with intestinal contents.

STEP 2: Skinning

Now that you are through with dressing, it is time to move on to skinning. Start skinning from the thighs of the animal just above the knee joint. The process almost always requires a special skinning knife. However, a hunting knife can do provided it is razor-sharp and possess a grippy, non-slip handle.

For a successful skinning process, use your knife to cut underneath the skin. Proceed by pulling the skin from the lower body to the upper body. You have to take extra care if you want to save the hide as a trophy or for other purposes. The razor-sharp blades of skinning knives can quickly tear the hide.

STEP 3: Butchering

Butchering is perhaps the most difficult step using a hunting knife. The process with requires a heavy duty hunting knife or a special boning knife. Personally, I prefer butchering with a kukri knife. It has a perfectly designed blade to help in the butchering process. The knife can help you remove meat from carcass quickly and efficiently.

Final Verdict,

If you are new to hunting for then this information is for you. Knowing how to use a hunting knife is a good skill that everyone should have. Whether you are a hunter, camper or a survivalist, a hunting knife will help you to prepare game meat for food in a quick and clean manner. A hunting set has different types of knives which you can use for different processes post-kill. However, a multi-purpose knife like Kukri knife could be all you need.

 

 

 

7 Micro-Survival Items That Make a Macro-Difference

Why would you want to get tiny versions of certain survival items? Do you really need them? In some cases, particularly when you’re on the run, in get home or bug out scenarios, yes. They are:

  • easier to conceal, fewer people will notice them and start asking stupid questions.
  • easier to carry (whether they are part of your everyday carry or your survival bags).
  • in some cases they are cheaper than their full-sized versions.

One other really cool benefit is that you can attach them to a lanyard or a keyring, two excellent ways to improve your EDC. There are plenty ofkey ring organizers on Amazon, which is also where you’ll find the items I’m about to reveal to you.

So let’s start off with a prepper’s favorite:

 

1. Flashlight

Flashlight

You can find plenty of of tiny LED flashlights on Amazon and in retail stores. For instance, how about the Streamlight 73001 Nano, or the True Nano or the Home Kitty Mini LED?

I carry one on my keychain and, though I mostly rely on my phone’s flashlight, it could come in very hand should I ever run out of battery.

Tip: opt for hand crank flashlights. They’re cheap and you don’t need to worry about dead or leaky batteries. Post-SHTF, you may not be able to get them, or you won’t have time to do it.

 

2. Multi-Tool

multi tool

Multi-tools are something many preppers carry either in their wallets on attached to their keychains.

Luckily, there’s a myriad of multi-tools that do fit in your pocket or even on your keychain. For example, the Gerber Shard Keychain Tool is a little over $5 bucks, but if you want something a little more complex, you can opt for the Gerber Dime Multitool.

This shouldn’t’ stop you from carrying a larger multi-tool such as the Leatherman Wingman in places such as your car, particularly if you live in the countryside.

 

3. USB Flash Drive

USB Flash Drive

Next, how about a USB drive? You won’t need all the information with you all the time, especially since there are other options for storing data as part of your EDC, such as phones and MP3 players. Besides, a USB stick cannot be read without the use of a computer. However, most of them are small and have a high-capacity, which is why they can keep pretty much all your survival information.

 

4. Compass

Compass

It may surprise you, but some of these keychain items can also be useful in bushcraft situations. For example, you can attach a compass to your key ring to find your way when you’re lost. Of course, this also implies you know how to use one. Brunton makes very good ones, by the way.

 

5. First-Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

A super important item to have with you at all times is a mini first aid kit. You can get them premade for $20 to $30 or you can take a look at what they contain and assemble them yourself. This way you’ll save money and, if you’re looking to assemble multiple such kits, you can buy things in bulk. As for the container, you can use an altoids tin or a Ziploc bag, or both, if you want your items to be waterproof as well as puncture-proof.

 

6. Pocket-Sized Survival Guide

Now, we talked about storing your information digitally. Though you may already have plenty of survival information on your phone or USB stick, it’s always good to have something in print, for when the batteries die or in case of an EMP. Fortunately, the pocket-sized edition of the SAS survival guide is only 10 bucks on Amazon and is less than 5 inches in height.

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Another important pocket-sized book is the 4th edition of Pocket REF by Thomas J. Glover. It has a huge amount of condensed information from a variety of fields such as plumbing, carpentry, weights, measures and, of course, survival.

 

7. Band-Aids

Bandages

These little things are lifesavers when you get cuts, something to be expected in certain emergencies. I carry one I each wallet, not to mention I keep them in all my bags, even in the ones I don’t use very often.

 

Final Word

The great thing about these mini-survival items is that they’re suitable regardless of your level of preparedness. If you’re a newbie, you’ll find them easy to conceal and avoid annoying questions from relatives and co-workers.

If you’re more advanced, you’re probably looking to tweak your survival kits, and make everything lighter and to prep for disaster scenarios that were previously ignored.

Just make sure you don’t get too fond of these mini-items and start relying too much on them. Remember that they are actually compromises for when you need something small and lightweight; they’ll never be able to do the job better than their full-sized counterparts.

— Guest post by Dan F. Sullivan from www.SurvivalSullivan.com