February 24, 2012: NLP and the performance of (boar) shooters. The US Army's JEDI project to train snipers with NLP. “The site “Chasseur de sanglier.com” presents the interest of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in hunting and in particular that of wild boar. The author of the article cites a study carried out by the American army in the 80s, the “JEDI project” to assess the interest of NLP approaches on the shooter's performance. This work was published in 1992 in the book "The secrets of mental preparation of the army"
I have often heard John Grinder talk about this study but I have never had the details of the experimental conditions. Thanks to the author of the article for the details provided and his sharing of experience on the use of NLP in the exercise of his passion.
A summary of the experimental conditions of this US Army study
After a psychological preparation phase using NLP, two groups of young soldiers who were not shooting experts were formed to undergo combat shooting training with a team of US sniper instructors:
a) the control group was trained in shooting in the traditional way for 4 days (regulatory duration). During the first shots, the trainees were asked to shoot at the target from a distance of 25 meters (important for a beginner) which was a failure experience for all my band members.
b) the test group (PNL group) was trained for 2 days and the shooting training was preceded by watching videos, meditation and relaxation sessions during which the instructors valued the shooting activity, and visualization sessions where the trainees learned to see themselves as a sniper. The aim was to instill in the participants of this group the "belief that one can become a sniper in a very short time, that it is easy and natural to shoot a weapon". In the first shots, the trainees of the test group shot at life-size targets from a distance of three meters, in order to enhance an experience, and the world passed this first test.
The results of the study: members of the test group qualified in less than twelve hours, total training time, and two members of the test group qualified as experts after only eight hours of training. None had ever earned a pistol qualification before. One of them was a woman, she had never shot a pistol before.
Comparison of the two groups:
Training duration :
– Control group: 27 hours. Qualified members: 73% (8/11)
– Test group: 12 hours. Qualified members: 100% (12/12)
Average cartridges needed for each to qualify:
– Control group: 375 cartridges
– Test group: 176 rounds
The author of the article quotes what makes it possible to model, that is to say to reproduce the behavior the "masters" of the JEDI Project "The masters" all had positive convictions with regard to shooting and they had great confidence in their abilities. They knew they were good shooters even though they were out of shape. Even in balance, the memory of the muscles allowed them to automatically and correctly adjust their shot. They felt so competent and sure of themselves that they knew that in any circumstance they would not miss their target. All of the “masters” had DEEP training in internal visualization. According to them, shooting is 20% physical and 80% psychological. They were one with their weapon, they dropped the bullet they didn't fire it! These "masters", snipers or experts, do not need to hold their weapons perfectly still, they mentally master the pressure applied to the trigger. It is an automatic process which makes the shot “go off by itself” and automatically as soon as the sights are aligned. Another important point: The authors of the study realized that all these masters were talking to themselves when they fired. They mentally repeated to themselves: “breathe”, look at the handlebars”, “let the ball go”, “fire”, etc. In NLP we speak of “internal dialogue”.
comments: here's a great metaphor for learning. It is therefore easier to learn by being relaxed, by visualizing your successes and by being surrounded by people who express their convictions about your potential for success”.
Sources: Boar Hunter.com "Secrets of US Army Mental Readiness". John Alexander, Richard Groller, Janet Morris.
I very much appreciated your article on NLP applied to shooting and although an NLP practitioner had never thought of it! Implemented straight away and it absolutely works!
One note: I have noticed that a shot triggered by conscious mastery tends to jam and fire behind by the time the whole motor system unlocks and fires and time of flight is done.
So NLP mode to keep and the hardest part is to remain convinced that it works every time.
Also using our unconscious to shoot, that's the secret.
Thanks for your advice in general. I share with you the need for a chin-to-stick position and not a cheek position, because the journey to get into it is shorter. ditto, with your back to the hunt and you listen to the game coming, it forces you to concentrate on it and visualize it all before shooting.
- This is to prevent the weapon from tipping over.
- To do this, it must be maintained by three points in a triangle.
- However, we see that if the so-called weak left hand is in the 'I weigh' position, it does not hold anything at all! So the weapon is only held by 2 points: the slightest stress and it moves around like a string.
- So the remedy is simple:
- 1) Weak hand in 'I envelop forearm and cannon' mode (1 point)
- 2) Shoulder stick of course (2nd point) with chin (and not cheek) glued to the top of the stick
- 3) New! To have this third point which will ensure stability, you must hold the handle of the stick with the so-called strong right hand NOT with the base of the fingers but WITH the birth of the wrist (the part where the wrist bends in relation to the arm) pressing on the handle of the stock. The fingers are then free in relation to the contraction which pulls the trigger, the rifle does not move a millimeter and it works!
Among others, I have an Artemidia juxtaposed express from Baikal, a marvelous rifle, very simple and rustic but devilishly effective. It has only one particularity: the trigger is hard. This method allows you to shoot accurately even with a trigger set at 3 kg! I tried it yesterday with the telescope at 100m, the red dot on the telescope does not move a millimeter, it works. What do you think ? Cordially. Guillaume .
« Along with the birth of the wrist ». Ah, but that's for sure! The problem is that I thought it was natural and that everyone did that!
It seems that you know how to put words where I don't always know how to put them.
I don't always manage to distinguish between a certain gift that I have and a form of learning that I never had. I am an autodidact in shooting.
The fingers should not squeeze the butt, just press it lightly, without twitching.
Pay attention to the positioning of the finger that presses the trigger tail.
« Behind the magic – Neuro-linguistic programming (PNL), 2nd edition
- “Influencing with Integrity ". Neuro-linguistic programming in business
- " There effective communication through NLP ". René de LASSUS.
NLP is the origin of « JEDI PROJECT developed by the US Army developed in the early 1980s.
Originally, the idea was to promote a reproducible and codified model of human performance. Remember these terms: « models, modeling » and " mental strategy they are fundamental when it comes to NLP. Modeling is designing a model! Modeling is therefore an approach that makes it possible to observe successful behaviors and reproduce them as well as possible. A mental strategy in the case that concerns us: a successful hunting shot is the mental rehearsal via the three necessary senses of the complete shooting sequence: See, hear, touch. Why model success behavior? Because very often qualified individuals elite in their field use techniques that they believe to be personal to them, whereas they are common to all the elites of the same category of individuals: athletes, negotiators, etc. The problem is that until now we did not know how to reproduce and teach this thing called " a donation ". NLP made this possible!
Book's extract: " US Army mental preparation secrets ". The American army which has fewer blinkers than ours (!) (Read in particular: « Psycho spies") said to himself that there was behind all this a means of making gigantic savings in money and personnel intended for the training of armed troops. Saving time, resources and above all encouraging vocations.
Shooting has the advantage that the results are immediately quantifiable: we put in the target or next to it. This modeling experience was launched on the basis of a COLT 45 training! Just that ! Enough to scare away a lot of neophytes in shooting! And yet…! The COLT 45 and its recoil had a bad reputation: " it is better to throw the 45 at the assailant's head than to shoot with it we say. That's what made it all the more interesting! After a phase of psychological conditioning, always using NLP and striving to improve the situation, in short, two groups were formed: a control group and a test group. All participants were serving young military personnel. None of them were expert marksmen, most had used a handgun before. Weapon enthusiasts were excluded.
This is where it all starts to get interesting: To ensure valid training for the control group, they have been assigned a team of instructors, all snipers. The control group followed the combat pistol qualification course, a course set by regulation at four days.
The test group was trained over two days by two instructors as well. Note two days instead of four! To minimize the Hawthorne effect, both groups were made to believe that they were participating in a demonstration. So we have a control group that benefits from four days of classic training with the best US shooters as instructors. Then a control group to whom we begin to teach meditation sessions with their eyes closed, during which the instructors promote all that is positive in shooting. The training of the test group (NLP) watched a video, followed by a closed-eyes meditation with instructors who promoted all that is good about shooting. Through visualization techniques the trainees learned to visualize themselves as a sniper. Everything was followed by a relaxation on a musical background with a metronome (!).
In fact, we have tried to instill in beginners the belief that you can become a sniper in a very short time, that it is easy and natural to shoot a weapon. We got the shot! To go even further in the positive attitude » the test group was fired at life-size targets at a very short distance, ie three metres! Instead of the usual twenty five. Everyone passed this first test. The (classic) training of the control group took place by having the trainee shoot at a significant distance (for a beginner) from the target: 25 meters. The first experiment therefore begins with a complete failure for everyone!
The results: The same afternoon the members of the test group qualified in less than twelve hours, the total duration of the training! Two members of the test group qualified as experts after only eight hours of training. None had ever earned a pistol qualification before. One of them was a woman, she had never shot a pistol before.
Comparison of the two groups:
Training duration :
Control group: 27 hours. Qualified members: 73% (8/11)
Test group: 12 hours. Qualified members: 100% (12/12)
Average cartridges needed for each to qualify:
Control group: 375 rounds
Test group: 176 rounds
The results speak for themselves and suggest economies of scale that could be achieved at the level of an army. This book, published in 1992, should have called into question certain selection methods in which candidates are unnecessarily pushed to their limits with completely outdated recruitment schemes, I am thinking in particular of the pre-selection of Special Forces! But it's an other problem !
When I discovered NLP in 1992, I immediately understood that I was dealing with something totally revolutionary. Although I have been shooting since 1979, I only started hunting in 1999-2000. I immediately applied visualization techniques to shooting without knowing that it was NLP. Indeed NLP is very vast and I had been trained in NLP for the techniques of commercial negotiations, not those of shooting! Let us return to the JEDI Project and to the study making it possible to model, therefore to reproduce the behavior of what the designers of the JEDI Project nicknamed " the Masters ».
Still excerpted from the book: US Army mental preparation secrets ":
“The masters” all had positive beliefs about shooting and they were very confident in their abilities.
- They knew they were good shooters even though they were out of shape.
- Even in balance, the memory of the muscles allowed them to automatically and correctly adjust their shot.
- They felt so competent and sure of themselves that they knew that in any circumstance they would not miss their target.
- All of the “masters” had IN-DEPTH training in internal visualization.
- According to them, shooting is 20% physical and 80% psychological.
- They were one with their weapon, they dropped the bullet they didn't fire it!
- These "masters", snipers or experts, do not need to hold their weapons perfectly still, they mentally master the pressure applied to the trigger. It is an automatic process which makes the shot “go off by itself” and automatically as soon as the sights are aligned.
- Another important point: The authors of the study realized that all these masters were talking to themselves when they fired. They mentally repeated to themselves: “breathe”, look at the handlebars”, “let the ball go”, “fire”, etc. In NLP we speak of “internal dialogue”.
- As a FFTir shooter, I cannot stress enough the importance of going to a real shooting club. Another important point: You have to be able to announce the ball ". You can't pretend to shoot correctly and not be able to " announce " a ball. It doesn't matter whether you put it in the 10 or in the 1, the main thing is that you can say: “She is in such a place! ". This means that you retain control of your aim, during and after the shot. So necessarily you shoot correctly. Thereafter you will know at the very moment when the shot leaves, where the ball goes. You there " see literally fly.
Passionate about weapons since my youngest age, I touched a clay pigeon shooting rifle at 16 for the first time (I was born in 57). Right away I noticed that when I was shouldering then aiming for a point in front of me and then saying “PULLOVER! I missed half the time! I couldn't anticipate the direction the set was taking, I was always too short.
See the article:
When I said " PULL and that I supported at the same time, by a phenomenon of quasi-premonition, I anticipated the right direction of the plateau and pulverized it in an almost systematic way.
Is it worth talking about " shot instinctive” or better of " Tue reflex »?
Reason commands and controls the eyes, the eyes control the hands, the hands control the gun, and the gun controls the bullet. the reason still controls the impact because all other controls are done automatically.
According to the established expression "It's the will that guides the ball"
The will of the shooter controls by concentration, the place where the impact must occur. Concentrate and focus on a specific location of the target: This is the great secret of this technique. The more you concentrate on a specific point and PETIT of the target, the greater the concentration. The greater the concentration on this precise point, the more the ball will go. automatically » stay in this place. Case of the neck column technique that I have developed in other articles.
From a scientific point of view, the reflex is an order sent from the spinal cord, without going through the brain. It is therefore a gesture where reflection does not come into play.
Siegfried HUBNER: “Rapid fire reflexes”: To achieve very short times, shooting reflexes must become automatic. Normally, the eye sees in the target a signal (a bulb that lights up). It's the order to shoot. The order to fire will go from the eye to the brain, then to the cerebellum, passes through the spinal cord to the arm and the index finger which will activate the trigger to fire the shot”.
“Similarly, with constant training, the command to shoot will go directly to the cerebellum and then to the arm and index finger. This path is much shorter, faster and less emotional since it no longer passes through the brain”. “In a beginner (NDR or a person who does not train) in case of danger, the order to shoot goes from the eyes to the brain and then to the spinal cord”. This is where we find hunting accidents.
Instinct is the result of stable, precise, specialized behavior with a view to a goal, a series of sequences of gestures depending on the interactions between an individual and his environment based on internal determinants and on external stimuli.
In one of my first articles on this blog, at the beginning of 2008, titled: "Don't lose any more animals!" and miss less! » I was describing « shooting moments » which had taken place several years previously. Some are classic cases: (the deer doubled in the neck at 30 meters in full acceleration). I wrote in 2008: "The practice of these techniques transforms the shot into a series of movements
instinctive reflexes and we hit almost every time, really! In fact, with hindsight, I would say that the more sudden it is, the faster it is, the easier it is to hit when I happened to miss an animal a few meters away, which was walking quietly because paradoxically if I I am not under intense stress, I no longer coordinate my shooting correctly. On the other hand, to miss such an easy target makes me so angry that the second bullet is deadly even though the animal has taken a lightning acceleration. This is the paradox of this method ». I've since removed that last sentence because it was due to something else I discovered recently. I am now firmly convinced that there are two kinds of shooters, those who need concentration, preparation to shoot, and those who, in order to be effective, must pass through the sudden appearance of an external stimulus producing endorphins. The more sudden the stress, the more automatisms start and follow one another at high speed. We are ourselves amazed at the speed at which we reacted. The case of the deer lined at the neck is very revealing.
To my colleague above who told me :"But Olivier, it's not possible, it's not you, you don't have an automatic…!"“. (CZ 550 with lock + bezel) I stammered: “I don't understand how I could shoot so fast!».
We find there the same sensations as in martial arts fights. Let's go back to this sentence: Even in balance, the memory of the muscles allowed them to automatically and correctly adjust their shot ". This anecdote is interesting because in 2001 I found myself in this situation, balanced on a pile of wood and on one leg, hampered by a tree, a wild boar of 30 kg which was running around…….. I let you imagine at How fast ! I thought of nothing but locking it in the scope and the shot went off on its own without me realizing it as soon as the reticle was placed. The purpose of objective consciousness was to lock onto the beast, the pull of the trigger was the effect of what I call " the other ».
Let's go back to "internal dialogue dear to NLP. The book from which the study is drawn highlights the internal dialogue that takes place when the " masters » shoot. Before reading this book, I said that a good shooter must be a little schizophrenic, that is to say that there is one who aims, analyzes the shooting parameters and another (“ the other ”) who decides to pull the trigger.
By analyzing myself, I realized that during the shooting of my first wild boar that I shot in the hunt, an internal dialogue was unconsciously put in place. The vision of the first boar launched down a slope, it's an incredible memory! I remember following him in my telescope and hearing a voice say: it's going too fast ! Too fast ! It's not possible ! ". Yet to my surprise the move is " left alone ". The ball grazed the center of the spine by a few centimeters because of a sudden drop which benefited the boar. This situation happened again and again.
So my eyes and my arm, followed the animal, my logical consciousness said that it was not possible to manage following the animal and pulling the trigger while my unconscious, without any voluntary order, pulled the trigger when everything was aligned. A bit like an airplane missile that goes off on its own once the radar has locked onto the target. It's the same, minus the rattle!
In order to model this success behavior, we will therefore create what is called a " mental strategy “, what I called in 2008: a “ mental kata ».
As with kata in martial arts, the -slow- repetition of the same gestures is fundamental. Visualization in NLP is not only the mental vision of what one wants to obtain, it is also to represent the situation through all the senses: Auditory, sensitive, visual, etc...
Update of the article. September 2021:
February 2018: Following a report on the Patrouille de France, here is what I discovered 11 years after having mentioned it: “The music of the Patrouille de France”.
Work at home: You are lying down, eyes closed, relaxed, so you will have to " see » the animal, « hear it"," feel the shoulder-mounted rifle, see the red dot, or reticle land on the animal's head, feel the pressure of the finger on the trigger and hear the shot. These are exercises that must be done at home in peace, lying down. We project ourselves, we make a film, we see ourselves slowly breaking down the shooting sequence. We make a perfect shot!! Everything must be done slowly!!
This mental strategy is progressive, we will create a “ resource status (PNL. René de LASSUS). It is the reproduction of an act of shooting already successful. You will get back to the same mental condition as when you landed that difficult shot. You are fine!
Imagine yourself at the post, obviously seated so as not to move! You hear the characteristic noise of the boar walking on the leaves. Always mentally, firm your strong hand on the weapon, finger on the trigger guard, thumb on the safety, the body does not move only the head swivels in the direction of the noise while the arms come together. The boar you see it, you hear it!
Always in slow motion you see yourself slowly raising the weapon to the shoulder. No back and forth! No ! It is the butt plate that rises vertically to the shoulder, barrel at 45°. The identification made, say: wild boar ! It's good (I can shoot) once in the shoulder, the barrel goes up and you place the end of the barrel (the front sight) on the animal, so far both eyes are open, you see the inside of the scope and the end of the barrel. You close one eye, the animal is right in the center of the telescope.
As you are using 2.5 magnification for shots from zero to thirty yards, the area of the target animal is larger than the image obtained through the optics.
At this moment there must be two shooters in you:
- The first shooter who sees and stares intently at the crosshairs and not the beast.
- The second shooter (“the other”) who decides to pull the trigger when everything is lined up.
Do you have time to refocus? Say; “I refocus! » and give a little stroke of the arm to aim the ZI²HL and you say, feeling the finger come out of the trigger guard to hit the trigger: « Fire! ". Don't have time to refocus? We shoot there or we can » and we double systematically and without trying to understand at the ZI²HL. This is called the " creative visualization », you are in the process of carrying out a new act which seemed difficult or even impossible to you.
Update January 2024: If the animal falls, we apply the “Hunting Drill”©, QED: A third bullet to the neck and head.
When you are physically at the station, redo the same mental kata by taking a fictitious target a stone, a branch, if possible on the provisional passage of the animal. Think of the moment when you fictitiously release the bullet lightly touching the trigger or barely squeezing it (with the safety catch) and above all say: “ FIRE ! » Keep aiming! Fundamental ! You will find that with practice when you calmly say, " Fire ! » the sight stops for a quarter of a second right on the target! It is magic !
Still at the station, place your feet, your hands, your fingers as if to pull on a snap of the finger. Repeat the gesture of shouldering slowly and only getting up (slowly) when it is an animal to be pulled. No parasitic gestures, hence the importance of positioning these feet as they will be when you are standing.
I can't advise you too much to start standing up only when the sight is fixed on the animal, keep it in the telescope when you get up. This one will stop for a second to analyze what is happening (unless it is launched), don't wait, shoot!
In shooting action, if you have taken the trouble to repeat these gestures regularly at the post, you will be surprised at the speed at which you will perform them in real life.
Don't confuse speed with haste! The main thing is to see before being seen to hear before being heard! The important thing is not the speed at which you support! Who cares about that! The important thing is the speed at which you identify yourself before aiming the weapon and not during the aiming, because that is where the stress is likely to take precedence over the identification and "the shot goes off on its own", in a bad way. A semi-auto does not benefit you! Only the first ball counts and provided it is heavy and of the appropriate caliber.
Of course there are exceptions, for example, the boar is coming at you in a few meters, that's for sure! And there you have to frame it in the telescope and shoot at the same time. I recommend looking for it and aiming for it with both eyes open, looking at the end of the handlebar and placing it on the animal. If, as I recommend in my articles, you have set the magnification to 2 or even 2.5 for short-range shots, the animal will go far beyond the lens, do not try to understand, close one eye, shoot a first bullet and a second by getting the ZI²HL. Even with my 375 HH I manage to do it!
While hunting, we have all been confronted with a possible accident: a herd of mountain bikes descending the mountain at full speed and in the middle of the forest! I lived it! A jogger who climbs a stony slope, puffing like a wild boar! This is a colleague who experienced it!
After a few years of practice, I have enough self-confidence to agree to waste a little time by first identifying the pre-shouldered weapon, barrel at 45° towards the ground and then very quickly accelerating the balance of the movements until the shot. This is what you will have to achieve.
Cultivate your neuro-muscular memory to shoot better.
First of all I use a technique called “visualization”, technique codified, modeled, in what is called NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is the learning of a sequence of codified gestures, like a karateka unrolling his kata. Neuro-muscular memory is the one that allows you to pick up a pen and write without asking yourself any questions. The case of the tennis player: Remember NOAH, returning the ball with a racquet kick between the legs. This exercise is not practiced in training, but the arm has used its muscle memory to correctly place the ball in the center of the racket and return it correctly to the opponent.
The practice of these techniques transforms the shot into a series of instinctive movements and you hit almost every shot, really! In fact, with hindsight I would say that the more sudden it is, the faster it is, the easier it is for me to hit even though I happen to miss an animal a few meters away, which is walking quietly. Paradoxically, if I am not in a situation of surprise, I think too much! And I miss! On the other hand, to miss such an easy target provokes such anger in me that the second bullet is fatal even though the animal has taken a lightning acceleration. This is the paradox of this method.
A recent example: November 11, 2008. I missed a wild boar rolling in the middle of the river, unmissable! 30 meters separated him from the mountain of brambles from which he had just emerged. I'll let you imagine how quickly he crossed them again! At the height of anger, I maneuver the bolt and with a violent swing of my arm I shoot him into a 10 meter window. Without thinking, I immediately repeat. I systematically double all shots. He has not finished disappearing into the brambles before two bullets have already hit him. Update January 2024: If the animal falls, we apply the “Hunting Drill”©, QED: A third bullet to the neck and head.
“Double tap,” “Moz…. drill”, “Hunting drill”©, whatsaco???
“Coupled shot”, who are " Double shot »
An excellent definition given by this site: “A double tap is a method of using of a handgun in which two shots are fired in rapid succession, but with enough effort to catch up with the original target. This method is often used in law enforcement and military handgun training, and although it is a somewhat slow technique initially, it often gets faster with practice.”
Excellent definition that I apply to driven hunting. I remind you that when hunting, we have a DUTY to kill the animal CLEANLY AND QUICKLY. No shooting the deer, seeing it flex and then saying: “I wasn’t going to to waste (!!!) a second bullet, I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD.” The dead man went to die in the forest without being able to find him….. We have the same rate of…. both in hunting and in everyday life. This site was born in 2007 as a result of the same thinking, only worse…!
Coupled shot, doublet shot. WIKIPEDIA definition: “A coupled shot, doublette shot or commonly called doublette, in English Double tap, is a shooting technique where two shots are fired in rapid succession at the same target with the same sight picture.
Let's be clear, if this expression is deliberately truncated it is for one and only reason, it has a racist connotation that I do not like. This explains it. But this expression allowed me to create an expression dedicated to driven hunting: The “Hunting Drill”.
The “Moz….. drill” consists of firing not two shots BUT three shots. In a war and/or police situation “this is a technique that will instantly stop the target if previous shots fail to do so.”
The “Moz….. drill” is intended to ensure that the target is immediately stopped by first placing two bullets into the mass the largest and easiest to touch upper body, then, if the target is still active, to place a third, more precise one: Head shot much more targeted and difficult.
This is the very definition of this other expression that I created in 2014:
January 2024. I just created this expression which is a mixture of the "Double tap" developed for handgun shooting techniques and the "Moz...drill" which is to make sure that the animal we shot dies on as quickly as possible.
Definition of “Hunting Drill”: The “Hunting Drill” is intended to ensure that the targeted animal is immediately knocked down (“Power to Fall”) by first placing two bullets into the largest, easiest to hit mass, then if the animal collapses to place a third, more precise ball: Hit to the head, even to the neck, much more targeted ball.
October 2005. In the photo below we see a lying deer, a wound in the neck. Imagine that you have been sitting in my place and have been for at least 2 hours, the rifle resting on your thighs, your finger on the trigger guard, your body slightly in profile, in a firing position. The deer suddenly appears, launched, zigzagging about 35 meters. As soon as the rifle gets up “all by itself” and with a scope set to 2.5 (another article will be devoted to this) I chain two bullets by maneuvering the slide manually. The 2 balls will lodge in the neck (35 meters) in the surface of a coffee cup. Even before he was thrown to the ground by the 1st ball, the 2nd had already arrived. The guy posted above me had these words: “But Olivier it's not possible, it's not you! you don't have an automatic?!”. I was taken aback for a long time, stunned by the speed with which I shot and doubled (with a scope set at 2.5!). 5 years later when I think back on it, I really feel like I was "someone else" for a fraction of a second.
August 15, 2006, It's 10 am, it's dark, I'm climbing a steep slope in dark undergrowth. When I post I hear moving in a bramble (a gamas in Occitan). I don't pay more attention to it, especially since in the distance I hear dogs arriving. I take a few steps in the opposite direction to the bramble, what do I hear behind my back…? The wild boar which launches into the descent!!! I spin around screaming: “Damn…he got me!” The undergrowth is black as ink and a boar starts behind your back, in a descent full of trees it goes a long way! First shot, a ball, missed! I maneuver the breech… I let you imagine the distance he has already made while zigzagging between the trees. Second arm shot and second bullet, this time deadly at more than forty meters and between the trees.
November 2006, sitting for hours in the middle of the woods, barely time to turn my head, a running deer appears behind my back. The rifle “goes up by itself”, the red dot lands on the neck, the bullet goes off, the deer almost collapses at my feet. Not a second passed between the moment I saw him, heard him and the moment the bullet hit him. It's impossible to consciously execute firing sequences that fast, without using what I call neuro-muscular programming.
Several years later, I found this video on INSTAGRAM which reminds me of this moment:
This is what I propose to teach you. How to transform a sequence of gestures that you do only rarely, into a hyper-fast conditioned reflex adapted to the terrain on which you are. The ideal, at the post, is to be seated to move as little as possible. Once installed, using your rifle, simulate a shot, take your marks, aim the weapon and sweep the barrel in a direction, say in a low voice: "there I shoot", "there I don't shoot". See yourself shooting or not shooting! Start by educating your visual memory, because afterwards in the heat of the action you no longer control anything.
Repeat like a karateka, a sequence of gestures. This sequence of gestures will be adapted to the terrain you have in front of you. You are going to use a technique called “visualization”. A technique that programs your brain to make your body execute a perfect ballet. This technique uses the senses of hearing, touch and sight. You decide that this stone 40 meters away from you is a boar. Barrel at 45° towards the ground, rifle glued to the shoulder. Before aiming for the stone, you will first "hear" the animal coming, then you slowly raise the weapon, point the end of the barrel (before taking aim in the scope) in the supposed direction of the animal that you "see" happen. Slowly take the finger out of the trigger guard, adjust the sight on the stone, feel the pressure of the finger on the trigger (safety on). Say in a low voice: feuuu…! Keep aiming for 3 seconds, relax the muscles slowly. Repeat the exercise several times each hour. The slower you go the more you will have a perfect gesture. At the time of the real shot, you will be amazed at your reaction speed.
It's your will that guides the ball
You can do it at home, lying down, visualize yourself slowly breaking down the shooting sequence: hear the animal coming, see the gaze adjusted to the head or neck through the scope, feel your finger on the trigger, feel the recoil of the weapon, see the animal fall, chain the double tap. You are making a perfect shot! Visualization in NLP is not only the positive mental visualization of what one wants to obtain, it is also to represent the situation through all the other senses: Auditory, Sensitive.
To stop losing animals
A wild boar or any other animal that stops moving immediately after an impact is not dead (except brain damage) it is knocked out, stunned, counted, whatever you want, but it is not dead! Don't try to analyze the situation, always shoot your bullets two by two, this is called the "double shot". In a beat, the first ball goes... (even if some people don't like it, it's the truth) where you can put it, the second, if the animal collapses, it's a reflex that you must have, chain systematically to the head. It is then that one of the hind legs will suddenly contract two or three times to relax. Yes, he will really be dead! You will no longer see game get back on its feet and disappear. You won't lose any more beasts!
We will solve the problem of crop damage by helping hunters improve their shooting skills, thus increasing the number of wild boars killed.
As a result, we will also achieve a “zero death” objective per firing accident. “Zero deaths” is a perfectly realistic goal!!! Excluding manipulation, of course.
NLP is a communication approach developed by Richard BANDLER and John GRINDER: “We are not interested in what people say but in what they actually do. Then we build models of what we observed.” We don't make a value judgment. Each of us listens in a disputed mental language (intellectual and emotional). NLP gives the keys that open access to how everyone:
NLP uses codes to translate the process of our perceptions:
It is through these senses that we make contact with the world.
The "JEDI Project". Program launched by the US Army to model the behavior of snipers, generalized its use to reduce shooting training expenses. Improve the accuracy of basic shooters.
No more losing animals! and miss less!
This article dates from January 2008, the beginning of the blog. It duplicates other articles, but hey, it seemed interesting to me to keep it.
“Missing less”, the title is deliberately provocative but I have enough distance and a bit of experience to affirm that the method developed works and even works very well.
It should be noted, however, that this success is due to an inseparable couple: rifle + red dot and/or telescope.
The practice of these techniques transforms the shot into a series of instinctive movements and you hit almost every shot, really! In fact, with hindsight, I would say that the more sudden it is, the faster it is, the easier it is to hit when I happened to miss an animal a few meters away, which was walking quietly because paradoxically if I I am not under intense stress, I no longer coordinate my shooting correctly. On the other hand, to miss such an easy target makes me so angry that the second bullet is deadly even though the animal has taken a lightning acceleration.
A recent example: November 11, 2008. I miss a wild boar rolling in the middle of the river, unmissable!! Silly rush! 30 meters separated him from the mountain of brambles from which he had just emerged. I let you imagine how quickly he crossed them again!! In the paroxysm of anger, I maneuver the bolt and with a stroke of my arm as fast as a boar I pull it into a 10-meter window and without even asking myself a question I double again. he hasn't finished sinking into the brambles when two bullets have already hit him.
In the photo below, between the “first ball” bubble and the “second ball” bubble, we can barely make out a lying deer. Imagine that you have been sitting at my seat for at least 2 hours, the rifle resting on your thighs, your finger on the trigger guard. The deer appears suddenly and without a dog on the left side at about 40 meters. The rifle rises “all by itself” and with a scope set at 2.5 (we'll see why later) I chain two bullets by maneuvering the slide manually. The 2 balls will lodge in the neck (40 meters) in the surface of a coffee cup. In other words, even before he was thrown to the ground by the 1st ball, the 2nd had already arrived. The guy posted above me had these words: “But Olivier it's not possible, it's not you, you don't have an automatic…!!! »
August 15, 2006 It's 10 o'clock in the morning, it's dark, I'm climbing a 40 degree slope in a dark undergrowth. At the time of posting myself I hear moving in a bramble (a gamas in patois) next to me. I don't pay more attention to it, especially since in the distance I hear dogs arriving. I take a few steps in the direction of the dogs and therefore opposed to the bramble and what do I hear behind my back…?? the wild boar which launches into the descent !!! I turn 180° on myself and I shout: “Fuck! he got me…!! » The undergrowth is black as ink and a boar starts behind your back, on a descent it goes a long way!!! First shot, a ball, missed! I maneuver the breech, I let you imagine the distance he has already made while zigzagging between the trees. Second arm shot and second ball, this time deadly at about forty meters. It is impossible to consciously do such a shooting sequence, without appealing to what I call neuro-muscular and mental programming. This is what I propose to teach you.
Last example, Sitting for hours, suddenly and barely time to turn his head a deer launched like an airplane appears 10 meters behind me. The rifle "goes up by itself", the red dot lands on the neck, the bullet goes off, the deer almost collapses at my feet. Not a second passed between the moment I saw him and the moment the bullet hit him. I write further and demonstrate how one can train one's brain to automatically shoot at the neck or the head.
So now I'm going to explain the basics of the technique or how to transform a sequence of gestures into a hyper-fast conditioned reflex.
Before approaching this kind of exercise, you must have excellent control of your weapon at the shooting range. Always keep in mind that you must identify before mounting the barrel in the direction of the animal, if you don't have time to identify BEFORE mounting the weapon, let you pass! The mistake is to believe that one can identify and aim at the same time. Replace “identify before shooting” by “identify before taking aim”. In the bear example, the weight and color was the same as a boar. Repeat to yourself three times every morning when you go hunting: “it is better to regret not having shot than to regret having shot”. One day you will thank me! To identify is to think the opposite of what one is persuaded to see.
Visualization in NLP is not only the vision or the mental representation of what one wants to obtain, it is also to represent the situation through all the senses: Auditory, sensitive, visual, etc...
Work at home: you will therefore have to "see" the animal, "hear it", "feel" the rifle mounted on the shoulder, see the red dot, or the reticle land on the animal's head, feel the pressure of the finger on the trigger and hear the shot. These are exercises that must be done at home in peace, lying down. We project ourselves, we make a film, we see ourselves slowly breaking down the shooting sequence. We make a perfect shot!! Everything must be done slowly!!
Work at the post: When I arrive at the post, I start to take my marks, to see where I can shoot, from what angle and in what direction I should not shoot. I start by educating my brain to that, because afterwards in the heat of the moment we no longer control anything. This being done, I repeat like a karateka a kind of kata, a sequence of gestures. But be careful, this gesture sequence will be adapted to the terrain I have in front of me. Still seated, I decide that such and such a stone is a boar which appears and this is where it is most important in this technique that I have developed, I am not looking for the animal through the telescope, I look slightly next to the telescope and I put the front sight (the end of the barrel) on the animal. For the moment I have full peripheral vision of the scene, I have both open, I haven't looked through the telescope yet. That's the main thing. Once the end of the barrel is pointed at the animal, I tilt my head slightly to look inside the scope, I close one eye and OH!!! Miracle !!! I'm right in the middle of the animal. You can repeat this sequence a thousand times, even on very small targets, you will always be right in the middle.
Still in “viewing mode” I refocus my reticle towards what I consider to be the head, then I slide my finger on the trigger and to “materialize” the shot I say “fire…!!” Then I keep aiming for five seconds. I repeat the same sequence several times around me. The interest is twofold! First I repeat a sequence of gestures that I automate and I adapt in advance to a probable shot in my environment. So if the animal appears I'm doubly prepared.
The position adopted STANDING: You must favor the natural position of the standing shooter, ie the weight of the body very slightly forward.
For approach or distance shooting that requires a seated position (respecting the rules of shooting and/or in optimal safety conditions) cross your legs cross-legged, elbows outside your knees and above all not on knees. No bone to bone. Ditto for a kneeling position, no bone against bone, shifted the elbow accordingly.
In hunting shooting: it gives this: I hear the animal coming, I point the barrel in the supposed direction and I look slightly to the left of the telescope which is always at the same level as the eyes. I therefore keep my peripheral vision over 180°, both eyes remain open. When I see the animal, with a stroke of my arm I point the end of the barrel at it, I tilt my head, close one eye and I release the bullet AT THE SAME TIME!! Just before releasing the ball, we have 2 options:
If you don't have time to aim for the head or the neck, from the moment you put the end of the barrel on the beast, you tilt your head and the bullet hits. You read my advice in the article "rifle bullets", you use fused core, non-magnum or demagnumized, non-fragmentable heavy bullets. So under the effect of a projectile that has retained almost all of its weight, the animal will collapse to the ground. Since you always follow my advice, you will repeat before you even see anything. In faith of which the animal will not have finished falling that it will have already taken at least two bullets, one of which preferably to the head, so that it does not suffer unnecessarily. We can not emphasize this enough.
If you have the time to aim for the head or the neck, when you tilt your head you get used to giving a little stroke of the arm to refocus on the head or the neck. With practice it comes by itself. Later it is the neuro-muscular programming that will “seek” the head or the neck without you even being aware of it.
Remember shooting is easy! because it is YOUR will that guides the ball!
Another great founding principle of shooting, you must be surprised by the departure of the shot. In other words, you should not consciously pull the trigger but stay focused on the aim and dissociate, delegate the pull of the trigger to "someone else". There must be two people within you, a shooter and a spotter. The shooter is the unconscious, the neuro-muscular programming, the observer is the one who analyzes the shooting parameters and the situation.
Why I use a magnification of 2 never that of 1.5:
A magnification of 1.5 requires you to refocus the reticle on the animal since the latter occupies only a small space in the telescope. A magnification of 2 or 2.5, especially over very short distances, means that the animal takes up all the space in the telescope and even goes beyond it. So from the moment the animal is in the tube, we don't try to refocus our shot (unless we have time) we drop the ball and we go on immediately for a next one as long as we are not sure to have hit the head. I have missed, very, very rarely, but I have never injured and lost an animal, because I always chain those two balls.
A magnification of 2.5 in the undergrowth, with many trees and branches between you and the animal, this magnification will allow you to pass the ball in the middle of an extremely restricted space several tens of meters away. Let's call it a "shooting tunnel".
An example that I have repeated many times in hunting action: an animal progresses at about forty meters in an undergrowth overloaded with obstacles. I start aiming at the animal according to the technique developed above then I "lock" onto it and I follow it in its progression until it passes through what I call a "shooting tunnel" is to say a place that can be as wide as a hand between hundreds of branches. Only magnification allows me to find a hole in the middle of the branches. The difficulty is to “lock” onto the animal.
For all those who don't use glasses: "I'm down" or "I shot in the legs" here is what we often expect to say. It's very simple, it's because you are looking at the animal and not the sights. When you aim at the animal, you practically have to cover it with the front sight and the rear sight. In fact, we look intensely at the animal, we only see it and inevitably, as the barrel hides the animal, we unconsciously lower the barrel and “we go low”. Practice dry firing to cover the target with your sights.
Here is a very specific example which combines two faults: No headshot and panic because we see the animal arrived and we only look at it and not at the sights. Video: “The lion strikes back”
Learn to “pull the arm” and “call the ball”
What does it mean to "pull the arm"? When shooting at a target that is moving perpendicular to you, when you decide to drop the ball, most often you stop the sideways movement of your arm.
This means that between the moment the shot leaves and the movement of the target, there is a point of impact behind what was aimed.
Learning to pull the arm consists in the stand and especially in hunting action, in letting go of the ball while continuing to follow the animal and this, without stopping. In doing so there will be no or very little shift between the target location and the point of impact. Another error that we work on in shooting schools: unshoulder too quickly. When you shoot, keep aiming for a second or two, don't rush to unshoulder.
Because by force, you will disarm before you have fired!! You have to train on the stand and then in hunting action to “announce the ball”. It is fundamental! You can't pretend to shoot correctly and not be able to call a ball. It doesn't matter whether you put it in the 10 or in the 1, the main thing is that you can say: “it is in such a place”. This means you retain control of your aim, during and after the shot. So necessarily you shoot correctly. Thereafter you will know at the very moment when the shot leaves, where the ball is. But it's not all over, because a boar or any other animal that doesn't move right after an impact isn't dead (except of course brain damage) it's just knocked out, stunned, "counted" whatever you want but he is not dead!!! Double it consistently and IMMEDIATELY with a headshot.
It is then that one of the hind legs will suddenly contract two or three times to relax. Yes, he will really be dead! By doing this you will no longer see game get back on its feet and disappear. You will no longer lose beasts. How many animals shot for lack of the shoulder, therefore in the heart, are they lost each year? thousands !! While a headshot, interrupts all nervous processes.
Here's what happens when you keep shooting at the heart or the "shoulder fault": Video that could be called: The lion strikes back:
The process below (source NORMA) breaks down the firing process, from the decision to fire to the recoil of the weapon:
Phase 1: Between the moment when you decide to shoot and when the finger presses the trigger, two tenths of a second pass.
Phase 2 and 3: The percussion is done.
Phase 4: Combustion of the primer and ignition of the powder.
Phase 5 and 6: the ball has started to move and it begins to take the scratches.
Phase 7: The bullet leaves the barrel at 823 meters seconds. It turns at more than 3000 revolutions per second so as not to tumble during its race. If the target is 100 meters away, it will have taken less than 0.4 seconds between the moment the hunter decides to shoot and the moment the bullet hits the animal.
Phase 8: It takes about another 01 second for you to notice the recoil.
At this moment you must have seen the animal react to the impact, this is called "announce the ball" !
So BEFORE you "suffered" the recoil, you had time to see the animal react to the impact!!!