When it comes to shooting a firearm, there are certain skills that are absolutely essential. If you’re thinking about taking up this activity for recreational purposes, then you need to make sure you have a solid foundation in the following areas. With the right skillset, shooting a firearm from a helicopter can be an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Ballistics Knowledge

If you’re going to be shooting a firearm, it’s important that you have a strong understanding of ballistics. This includes things like trajectory, windage, and bullet drop. If either you or your target are moving and/or if you are in an uncontrolled or outdoor environment where you need to worry about the elements, these are critical skills to have to calculate the conditions in which you will need to plan and execute your shot. Without this knowledge, it will be very difficult to hit your target with any degree of accuracy. There are plenty of resources available online and in print that can help you brush up on your ballistics knowledge. Make sure you take the time to study up before heading out on your shoot.

Proper Handling Technique

In addition to knowing how to properly aim and shoot your gun, it’s also important that you know how to handle it safely. This means things like keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire and always keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction. If you’re not confident in your ability to handle a gun safely, it’s best to seek out some professional instruction before attempting to shoot.

Steady Hands

One of the most important skills you’ll need when shooting, whether your target is still or moving, is the ability to keep your hands steady. The movement of your body or vehicle combined with the recoil of the gun can make it very difficult to keep your shots on target. If you don’t have steady hands, it’s likely that most of your shots will go wide of the mark. There are various exercises you can do to help improve your hand-eye coordination and steadiness. Try doing some target practice at the range before taking your shooting show on the road (or air).

Shooting a firearm can be great fun but it’s important that you have the right skill set before getting started. Make sure you have strong ballistics knowledge, know how to handle a gun safely, and have steady hands before taking your first shot. With the right foundation, shooting from a helicopter can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.