How do you practice for PRS?


Gunny Sergeant
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  • Apr 25, 2017
    I use a tiered approach:

    Rimfire (air gun probably similar)


    Hell I was doing that when I was shooting service rifle about 20 years ago.

    I made 6 moa black circles on 3x5 cards and placed them at 10 yards in my basement. I'd suit up and either practiced individual skills (like getting into position), build offhand endurance, or even simulate shooting a complete match.

    I also bought a Compass Lake 22 service rifle upper. In many ways highpower was way ahead of the curve with developments like heavy .224 bullets, 6.5 amd 6 mm match cartridges (David Tubb, Joe Hendricks, Dennis DeMille, and Dave Emary), and heavy use of rimfire trainers.
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    Gunny Sergeant
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    May 13, 2019
    Here's a simple point that shooting an air rifle has helped me to reinforce... The effect of cant.

    We all know canting a rifle will throw the shot left or right, but you will not get that feedback from dry firing alone.

    The air gun clearly throws the shot when canted so it provides a feedback mechanism that you will not get from dry firing alone.


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  • Jan 31, 2018
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    ......except that you can train not to cant the rifle without live fire.

    Next terrible example.


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  • Feb 13, 2017
    You can gain a ton from not even pulling a trigger. Building positions under time is critical. Hell, you can remove your trigger from your rifle and become a better shooter. Build the position, break position, build position, break position. If you can build a position from scratch and get your reticle on target under 10 seconds, youre ahead of the game. Target acquisition eats up more time than anything. You dont need recoil to improve there.


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  • Feb 22, 2007
    People who've never competed have this unrealistically low idea of how much work it takes to be competitive even at the local level.
    That’s why I’m glad I started comps.

    Cuts you down to size
    Gives you incentive to get better
    Gives you goals
    Sorts your gear/routine / technique / etc in ways nothing else can


    Jan 30, 2022
    I used to suck really bad. I still suck, but I’m starting to see improvement where I suck a little less. Things that helped me:

    1. Find a shooting buddy who is also trying to improve. Misery loves company.
    2. Shoot more matches. It wasn’t until I started NRL22 that I started to see improvement because I was shooting more and learning how to manage the different positions.
    3. Practice 1-2 X a week if you can, rimfire if you‘re retired and on a budget like me.
    4. Work on getting into position, finding your target and getting first shot off in <15 secs. Start from standing w/ gear in hand like you do at a match. Do it off a barricade, tire(s), tank trap, cinder blocks, ladders, whatever you have. More awkward the better. Do it from standing, kneeling, prone.
    5. Learn how you need to position your body in the different positions so you don’t have to change it up on the clock.
    6. LOWER YOUR DAMN MAGNIFICATION. Ask me how I learned that.
    7. REMEMBER TO LOAD YOUR GUN before the buzzer goes off. See above
    8. Picked this up from one of the Burris sponsored shooters: DIAL your dope, find the TARGET in the scope, close the BOLT, then SHOOT. I have those four words written on a piece of tape on my stock to remind me.
    9. Keep a range/match diary. Write down stuff like kneeling behind a single truck tire is for young rubber people, prone is better even tho it takes longer to get down and back up. Two tires stacked on top of each other is doable for a double knee yoga move. Standing with legs as wide a part is more stable than standing like a tin soldier. Feels gay, but whatev. A hit is a hit.
    10. I used to time out on multiple position stages bc I was fiddle farting around with movement, taking too long to build each position, hunting for the target (sometimes shooting the wrong target). So I did #4 and #6 a lot in practice (dry and live) over and over again. Having #1 above also helps critique and remember: misery loves company.
    11. Wind. Yeah… find somebody else to talk about wind. I suck at calling wind.
    12. Learn to spot your misses so you can correct (I may suck at wind, but if I can spot my miss I can usually get shot #2 on target)
    13. Get a Schmedium with heavy fill. Or make your own like I did at first and experiment with everything from airsoft pellts to rice, but then get a Schmedium.
    14. Get good glass. Forget the rifle for now and the caliber debate. Get good glass with a reticle you like.
    15. Go do something else that you’re decent at now and then. Makes you feel better about life and yourself (for me, I also shoot USPSA and am semi decent at it -at least at the local club level).