Friday, November 8, 2013

Consistency- The Ted Nugent, Keith Richards Blog

There is one of the best, most piercing guitar note in all of rock and roll in a Rolling Stones song. In Wild Horses, Keith nails a note that is worth listening to the whole album, er, I mean CD, for.

And he can nail it just the same every time he plays it. This leads to the point, his consistency makes for an accurate guitar lick.

The same goes for Ted Nugent. Listen to his guitar licks and you will hear consistent precision, each chord being delivered with acute accuracy each and every time he plays.

As I’ve been called out recently for listening to Sarah McLachlan, here’s something from the unabashedly American, freedom loving, Second Amendment supporting Ted Nugent to help me regain my good Second Amendment Karma… The Nuge

From time to time, I speak with someone who wants more accuracy out of their rifle. Obviously, a good optic is called for and I addressed that in a prior blog. Next, assuming that the rifle is a decent one and the ammo is good, the attention turns to the shooter, which is often the first place at which we should start anyway.

Recently I wrote about breath control, one of the keys to precision shooting. Consistency is another key.

So, to the consistency issue. To achieve accuracy, you must do everything the same, every time. Rest the rifle the same. Load the ammo the same. Use the same ammo every time. Breathe the same. Press the trigger the same. Get the idea yet? And yes, I said press the trigger. Think press, not pull. Press, to many people, implies a more controlled, gentle action. (I’d never thought of it, but a recent student mentioned it and it makes sense. Whether I am giving or receiving training, I bring an ‘empty cup’ and am open to learning new tricks.)

Consistency is more important than number of rounds. In fact, you can accomplish a ton without firing rounds. Dry firing, done with care and with a plan, can do wonders. If you can, try to balance a spent cartridge on the end of your barrel, dry fire with it there and work on doing so without letting the cartridge fall off. Obviously, a round barrel won’t let you do this, but a flat topped barrel like many pistols will.

When the time comes for live fire, remember that a range session of ten deliberate, carefully planned shots can be more beneficial than a hundred rounds pounded down range without care.


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