Breathing - Respiratory Pause and stuff like that...
A while back I started something called the three Bees. Well, I blew that one, there are at least FOUR Bees. Let's consider Breathing. Here I go with the "Q" and "A's" again:
Q. How important is breathing to accurate shooting?
A. You cannot expect consistent accuracy without properly controlled breathing being part of the act of firing a rifle.
Q. Big Deal, what the hell is breathing got to do with accuracy?
A. Accuracy is about steadiness, we are more steady when not breathing hard, or irregularly. No doubt other more learned guys can explain about oxygen in the blood or where ever the heck it goes and what it does
Q. What is a good breathing routine?
A. Everyone requires a different number of breaths to get "calmed down" but since we should break the trigger within 5-7 seconds of getting into our final point of aim, we should take that number of breaths.
Q. What is the Respiratory Pause?
A. This is the natural pause that occures for a second or slightly longer at end of each breath. The shot should be broken during the Respiratory Pause.
Q. What about taking three or four deep breaths and letting out half, then shooting.
A. That used to be taught as a breathing method, put the sight slightly above the target, take a deep breath and the reticle moves downward, let it out and it goes back up. Hold at halfway and the reticle is on target and fire. This is not as good a breathing technique as employing the Respiratory Pause.
Q. Where did this Repiratory Pause thing come from.
A. Uncle Sam, he knows this stuff.
Q. Is there something I can do if I am really breathing hard, like during a hunt?
A. Take three or four really forced breaths (deep), that will slow things down a bit. Also read recently that rubbing your little finger on the left hand will slow down heartbeat - no idea about that one... (Len, get that smirk off your face, I am only passing on what I read in a recent book on Special Forces vs Ossama).
Q. Do I use this Respiratory Pause technique when I shoot during hunts.
A. Only if you want to kill the animal.
Q. Is there any other stuff to consider about breathing?
A. I am hoping to learn more from the guys on this site.