“Victory comes to the one who fires the largest number of well-aimed shots against his opponent in the shortest time…Shooting at random over the ground occupied by the enemy accomplishes nothing.”
WWII War Department translation of The German Squad in Combat.

The fundamentals of marksmanship are simple: align the sights on the target and then press the trigger without disrupting the sight picture. That said, it is important to follow through and make sure that your great shot is not disrupted.

In marksmanship follow through, we recover from recoil, re-acquire a sight picture and reset the trigger.  What happens after the bullet leaves the barrel is as important as firing the shot.

In a Fight, Be Prepared
In a Fight, Be Prepared

Follow through is critical for consistency. If you move before the bullet comes out of the barrel you will disturb the alignment of the sights. This is the opposite of recoil anticipation, which normally throws a right-hand shooter’s shots low and left. Some shooters immediately bring their head up off the sights after the shot to see the target. This can lead to dropping the arms and tilting the wrists so the barrel points upward. This takes a great shot picture and makes shots go high.