The essential concepts of shooting are quite simple, sight alignment and trigger control, but shooting is not instinctive and it is not easy.

As student of shooting, I have always sought to understand things at a fundamental level. For me, shooting is a journey. Here is a description of where I am along the path.

Be aware. See first. Think fast and then act without hesitation.

There are only two essential things you must do to hit a target.

1. You must align the barrel with the target.

2. You must pull the trigger without disturbing that alignment.

All else – stance, grip, sight picture and all the fundamentals – is helpful, but not essential.

The amount of time and effort you must put into barrel alignment and trigger pull depends on the distance to and size of the target. Speed is achieved by spending only the time necessary to make the hit and no more.