SHOOT Tip – Simple Steps to Account for Targets on a Stage

SHOOT Tip - Accounting for TargetsGetting ready to shoot a complicated stage with targets you can see from several different positions? International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) courses of fire can be intricate. You may be able to see targets from multiple positions causing you to miscount them. This could lead to shooting a target more than once which results in a slower time on the stage. Even worse, by not accounting for all your targets, you could miss a target completely. A missed target carries some heavy penalties in the sport. This week’s quick shooting tip helps you identify all the targets in a stage so that you can shoot to the best of your ability.

SHOOT Tip – Account for all your targets when shooting a complicated stage

Viewing targets from the back of the range makes it easier to account for all of them. It also gives you an idea of what targets to shoot from each position. This will help you develop your plan for the stage. It can also keep you from missing a target or engaging a target from more than one position. Use these simple steps to help you plan your stage.

  • Listen to your walk through and pay special attention to the number of targets and shots.
  • After the walk through, head up range.
  • Count your targets.
  • Note what targets you can see from each position.
  • Develop your plan.


For more useful information on shooting please check out my other shooting tips right here on the website and also read more in my bookSHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition available in both print and eBook.

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