Concealed Online Reviews – Every Breath You Take – Breath Control While Shooting

TO BREATHE OR NOT TO BREATHE
Stating the obvious here but — breathing is important!

But it’s even more important if you find yourself caught up in a real life or death situation where your health depends on hitting what you’re aiming at! Remember, when your life is on the line, your breathing becomes more erratic, making it all the more important to know how to manage it.

Which is why team concealedonline.com is going to shine a light on best breathing practices for shooters.

DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE
You’ve probably heard how elite marksmen are able to pull the trigger in-between heartbeats. Definitely cool for experts, but definitely NOT something we recommend you attempt.

Okay, let’s get real…

Breathing is a natural body motion and can help or hinder your aim. I mean, the whole point of breath control is to make sure your sights are on the mark when you pull the trigger, right?

So it logically follows that controlled breathing can make all the difference in accuracy. When you breathe your chest rises and falls. This movement can cause your gun barrel to drift off-target.

Bottom line: breathing at the wrong time may cause you to move at the exact moment you pull the trigger. Not good.

When you’ve run out of options and you have no other choice left but to draw your concealed carry weapon, your heart rate will accelerate. Your breathing will become more rapid and harder to control.

So what do you do when you’re under this kind of pressure?

First off — don’t panic.

Second, practice these 3 easy-to-remember breathing techniques. One of them will definitely be better for you than another, so try them all out to see which one fits you best.

TAKE A BREATHER
Half exhale/pause – when you’re ready to fire your weapon, take in a deep breath. Exhale about half of the air out of your lungs, pause briefly and pull the trigger. This is known as “respiratory pause” and helps you maintain aim. The pause allows you to hold your barrel and sights in perfect alignment on target as the gun fires.

Half inhale/pause –- relax, steady your breathing, inhale. When your lungs are about half full, pause and pull the trigger. The inhale and pause is similar to the exhale and pause option above.

Complete exhale/no pause – –steady your breathing, do a full exhale, pause when your lungs are empty and squeeze the trigger. But keep in mind, a pause is not the same as holding your breath. If you do that, your muscles will seize up and your BPM will change and your shot accuracy will be compromised.

BREATHE EASY
Last thing — make sure to always chill and slow down as much as possible so you can steady your breathing. This will reduce body movement that throws you off target. Even better, if you can — step back, deep breathe in, deep breathe out, and then reacquire your target.

Of course, in life or death situations, this last option IS NOT an option.

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Concealed Carry Training: Does Immersion Training Create Better Shooters?

There are only two primary types of firearms training: Episodic or Immersion training.

Deciding which training style will work best for you and your goals is the first step you should take before applying for a concealed carry permit. During the many state application processes, you’ll need to discuss your training, philosophy, and the approach you’ll take to hone your shooting skills.

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You can choose either type, but we wanted to ask: Does one style of training produce better shooters?

Can You Learn On Your Own? Episodic Concealed Carry Training Explained  

Episodic training is often self-directed.

You’ll learn from training videos, text, online shooting courses, or even online concealed carry classes. Then, once you’re on the range, you’ll apply what you’ve learned while shooting.

If you can subjectively monitor your form and critically judge your performance, episodic training may be for you.

Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to analyze your own performance.

One of the traps you fall into if you decide on episodic training without instructor supervision is failing to learn new information or forgetting to reinforce basic fundamentals.

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When you learn and shoot on your own, it’s easy to “fall into a rut,” plateau, and develop difficult to overcome bad habits. This is the reason why many shooters and instructors believe immersion training is much more effective.

Does Immersion Training Really Build Better Shooters?

Immersion training has multiple benefits over self-directed or even instructor-based episodic shooting.

Normally, immersion training takes place over an entire day or multiple days and you’ll work aggressively on your skills under the supervision of an instructor who closely watches your technique and form.

Immersion training keeps you from falling into bad habits, forces you to constantly focus on proper form, and pushes you to progress faster.

Fast progress under the watchful eye of a certified instructor is one of the reasons many states require concealed carry courses before you can even file an application.

In Just 12 Hours You Can Rapidly Progress as a Shooter…

But here’s the big problem with immersion training…

When you pile all of your training into a single day or a short 2-3 day span, you’re much more likely to forget everything you’ve learned.

Immersion training is great for learning new drills, techniques, and honing in on fundamentals, but one of the most important principles of practice for any skill is that short, more frequent sessions are much more effective than long sessions spread father apart.

So, What Type of Training is Better for Concealed Carry?

In my experience, you should always start with professional instruction before moving on to shooting on your own.

Usually this means beginning with an instructor at a one day or multi-day session before moving on to practice on your own several times a week. After a period of self-directed episodic practice to reinforce what you’ve learned, you go back to an immersive session.

But Immersion Training is Expensive and Time Consuming, Is There a Better Way?

To avoid the cost of immersive in-person training, you can find NRA-certified online concealed carry courses recognized by multiple states to meet the requirements to apply for a CCW.

Several online concealed carry classrooms allow you to receive direct feedback from instructors. You can actually upload shooting sessions and get guidance on what you’re doing right and wrong.

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This modern take on traditional training can be just as effective as in-person concealed carry training.

If you don’t have time for 12 hour per day immersion shooting sessions, you may want to consider working with certified shooting coaches and instructors online.