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ShotKam Tutorial – Handgun Model: How to Learn from Your Videos (Step 3)


Hi everyone, this is Emily from the ShotKam
team. And in this video we’ll go over a few tips
for analyzing your ShotKam videos. When shooting at a stationary paper target
at the range, there are two common sources of error for most shooters. The first is their natural arc of movement,
and the second is trigger-pull. More advanced shooters will use their ShotKam
to analyze things like: target acquisition times, transitions between targets, split times between shots, recoil-control, three-gun shooting techniques, or other aspects of their
shooting techniques. We are going to focus on the two most
common sources of error. Let’s get started. Your natural arc of movement, which is sometimes
called “Wobble,” is the first. It’s not possible to hold a perfect sight-picture where the sights on your handgun stay exactly centered on the target. We are alive, therefore we have movement that
translates into the “Wobble” of the gun-sight on the target. When watching your ShotKam videos, study your
arc of movement as seen by the reticle which is the red dot or crosshair seen in your videos. There will be inherent margin of error even
if you have perfect trigger-control. Quantify your arc of movement, for example: is your reticle moving 1 – 2
inches around the target at 20 feet, or is it moving 3 -4 inches? Top-tier shooters will typically have a smaller
arc of movement than novice shooters, and there are many contributing factors to this. We recommend working with an experienced
certified instructor to reduce the “Wobble.” The second source of error that we will review
is trigger-control. Now the objective of trigger-control is
to press until the trigger breaks without disturbing the alignment of the gun. This is very hard to do perfectly and even
the best shots will often see some level of flinch in their trigger-press. As you study your ShotKam videos, you will initially see your natural arc of movement, then in the fraction of second before gun-discharge you will see the effect of your trigger-control. Watch your videos frame-by-frame to see this. You’ll see the reticle move off target slightly in the frames just before gun discharge. That amount of movement is a measure of your trigger-control technique. Use the ShotKam’s reticle to quantify the margin of error during trigger-press. From where you were prior to trigger-press, then where the reticle was on the target at gun-discharge. You will see that the location of the reticle at gun-discharge is the location of the bullet hole after the shot is taken. An expert’s video will show a very small amount of flinch during trigger-pull. And a more novice shooter will have a greater deviation caused by trigger-control. Trigger-control is so important that some top-tier competitive shooters have said, “Trigger-control is MORE important than gun-sight alignment.” Again, we recommend using the ShotKam as a
tool for quantifying your error, then working with an experienced certified instructor to
improve your techniques. We hope that this tutorial was helpful, and
if you have any questions please send us a message on the Contact Us page, send us an email, or give us a call. Thanks for watching and have a great day.

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