Shooting Accuracy Drill Shooting the Strip

Regular training will help you improve shooting accuracy. Breaking down the elements of an accurate shot allows you to work on the individual points. It is important to have the gun aimed at the vertical and horizontal intersection at the center of your target.

An accurate shot is a combination of a solid stance, firm grip, proper sight picture and correct trigger control.  We are legally and morally responsible for every round we fire.  An accurate shot can stop a threat but missing a target can result in an injury to innocent people.

Shooting accuracy depends on stance, grip and proper trigger control.

Shooting accuracy depends on stance, grip and proper trigger control.

While it sounds simple, firing an accurate shot is something that a lot of shooters struggle with.  The only way to improve accuracy is to practice the fundamental principles of marksmanship.  Focusing on one element at a time may be the solution to improving accuracy.

One drill that I teach some of my students is called shooting the strip.  This drill allows the shooter to work on sight windage and elevation separately as part of their training.  Make improvement in both areas separately. Combine them to hit the bullseye of the target.

Shooting accuracy drill explained

Shooting the strip is a simple exercise.  All you need is a target and some masking tape.  Place a strip of masking tape vertically on one target and another strip of tape horizontally on another.  Following the fundamentals of marksmanship shoot along the strip of tape until your shots are consistently hitting it.

Once you are consistent in hitting the strip on one target, work on hitting the other.  When you become consistent at hitting both targets it’s time to aim for the bullseye.

This exercise may sound simple but it is a good way to improve your shooting accuracy.  It’s also a great way to align your sights also.

Watch the video above for a demonstration of this technique and share your thoughts in the comments below.