As a little girl, Amy Sowash dreamed of shooting in the Olympics, especially when she plinked pop cans with her dad. She didn’t start taking the journey seriously, though, until she began preparing to attend college. At that point, Sowash started shooting competitively with rifles, and the next year, she walked on to the University of Kentucky rifle team.
The term “zero” means finding a sight setting that, under some set of conditions, results in a centered shot group. Those conditions include distance, ammunition, and event. Other variables that factor in include rifle, temperature, atmosphere, place, yet the list can continue.
The NRA America’s Rifle Challenge program has recently made waves with over 630 participants in 18 recreational training events organized since the program launched earlier this year and more to come, according to NRA training specialist Nathan Judd. No experience is required for participants, as the program is designed for shooters of all skill levels.
We generally agree that “shooting is 90 percent mental,” but apply it in very personal ways. When a coach emphasizes the need to focus, for example, one shooter’s interpretation may be to bear down and think harder, while the next may visualize “living in the moment” and relaxing.
The Team Smith & Wesson member shared five of his top tips for revolver competition.