Don’t Forget to Breathe

By Kellene Bishop

Have you ever had such a hectic day, you’re nearly certain that you forgot to even breathe?  Thank goodness it’s an automatic physical response in most cases.  Otherwise I know a lot of busy, frenzied women in my life who’d be passed out in their kitchens, at the school, or in the shopping mall. 

Don't forget to breathe! Photo by Women of Caliber

Don't forget to breathe! Photo by Women of Caliber

Yes, we all know that breathing is essential to life.  But it’s also essential when you’re defending your life, more particularly when you’re firing your gun.

Most women that I instruct at the range will inevitably aim their firearm and then hold their breath anticipating the loud “bang” of the gun. In actuality, this dramatically hinders the accuracy of their shot placement.  When you hold your breath, all of your muscles are tightened.  Tight muscles redirect even the most careful of targeting.  When you draw your firearm, as you’re extending it to shoot, always make sure that you exhale. The exhaled position is the most relaxed position.  The more relaxed you are, the more accurately you will shoot—no ifs, ands or buts.  You no longer have the tightened muscles to throw your aim off.  I have done personal instruction with gals who have great stance, great attitudes, and focus on the other fundamentals of shooting, yet are still missing their shots.  When I reinforce the exhale step prior to rolling the trigger they inevitably make their shots.  Who knew that breathing was so important, right?

Additionally, getting out of the habit of inhaling just as you shoot also ensures that you inhale fewer of the chemicals that exit your firearm upon firing. 

My point, don’t forget to breathe, ladies.  It’s highly underrated when it comes to proper shot placement.

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.

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