Looking to get into competitive airsoft? If so, it takes a lot of practice and dedication.
You need to be target practice shooting a lot. And it’s not just about shooting, but actually tracking your progress and determining ways you can improve your stance, your grip, your trigger pull, and all other aspects of shooting.
Wondering how you can begin improving your airsoft skills so that you can compete with the big dogs? Keep reading for five helpful, but easy tips to prepare yourself for competitive shooting.
1. Practice Target Practice Shooting Daily
The best thing you can do to maintain accuracy and improve your skills is to practice every day. It doesn’t matter if you are tried, had a long day, or otherwise don’t feel like it.
If you want to improve, it’s all about prioritizing practice. Daily sessions don’t need to last a long time. They just need to be consistent. If you have plans after school or work, then get your practice in early in the morning.
Remember, making small improvements on a regular basis is the key to long-term growth and success.
2. Keep Your Setup Ready
To make it easier to practice daily, it’s important to always keep your gun, air tanks, and BBs ready to use at a moment’s notice.
But to do this, always keep your gear stored in a case, ready to open and use. When you are done with a session, clean and prep everything for your next session. That way, you just need to open the case and start hitting targets in your backyard practice range or at the local shooting range.
3. Use Better Targets
If you really want to track your progress, you need to be using the best airsoft targets every time you shoot. Make sure you are firing from the same distance every day.
Keep and write the date on your targets after every practice session so that you can see patterns and identify areas to improve. Cheap targets or cans won’t give you an accurate way to measure your accuracy and consistency over time.
4. Use a Soft Backing
When hanging targets, make sure to use a soft target backing such as an old pillow or folded blanket. If something hard is behind the target, like a wall, garage, or tree, then your trigger finger is going to cause some serious ricochet.
Not only could these hit you or someone else, but they can also make a far bigger mess and cause BBs to get into the neighbor’s yard, which they surely wouldn’t be happy about.
5. Maintain Your Airsoft Guns and Air Tanks
If you are a competitive airsoft user, then you probably already clean and maintain your guns on a regular basis. If you don’t, however, it’s time to start.
For example, you should never leave your CO2 tank connected to your airsoft gun. The constant pressure from the tank can cause the seal to degrade faster. Keep some silicone lubricant with your airsoft setup and use a drop on top of your CO2 cartridge before inserting it into the gun.
Dedication Pays Off
When it comes down to it, you will only improve if you put the time and effort into it. If you only practice once a week, don’t expect to win any competitions.
If you truly want to improve, you won’t be afraid to put in the time for target practice shooting at least once a day.
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