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Running and shooting (accurately!)

smokie

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Just wondering if you guys could share any pointers for multi-tasking on the field?
The last walk-on game I went to I heard two Marshalls talking amoungst themselves, saying they hate it when someone runs and doesn't know how to aim their shots...
I'll admit a majority of my shooting is stationary whilst behind cover so I am looking for some tips on how to add more to my game hopefully with help from you guys.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
 

Liam92

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On a more serious note, it's all about trying reduce the amount of vertical movement that your body does as much as possible. The principle being that if you are running and trying to shoot while bouncing along, your barrel will also go up and down and throw off your shots. Like many things it's all about practise starting out slow and speeding up as you get better. Best way to practise is to run and shoot EVERY time you move.
 

smokie

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Thanks for the pointers bud, although you could've been a little more specific when it comes to moving your legs left-right or right-left! ;)
But honestly thank you for helping us out I guess it's mostly down to practice like anything really, granted the guy in question was firing blind whilst running wild, so as long as I avoid that hopefully I'll be making a little progress at least!
 
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southernP8nt

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There was a way I used to practice in my garden which avoided using any paint. It sounds a bit stupid but it did help a lot.

I bought a laser pen, taped it to the barrel tightly enough that it couldn't move around at all. Then I had a sheet of plywood, about 5 foot tall and 4 foot wide, which I spray-painted white and screwed a couple of legs to the back of, that way I could see if the pointer was on the target or not. Then I would simply repeat motions over and over again, each time just trying to make sure I kept the pointer as close to the centre of the target as possible. Was great for running & gunning, as well as breakouts because I could just practice snapping into position time and time again. I did also use it for snap shooting, I set up a camera watching the target and would just do a large number of snap shots in quick succession, then watch the footage to see if I was being consistent, and look for any bad habits.

It's a bit of a pain to set up but I found it to be incredibly useful.
 

Thorpe

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Like Liam said, take as much of the bounce out of your running in your knees as possible, even if it means running slightly slower to be more accurate. And relax your arms, if you're tense the barrel will be all over the shop.

Also, if you're running across the field shooting downfield, lead your target to the opposite direction you are running. If you're running left to right, aim left of the target, and vice versa. Aiming directly at the target won't work. Not sure how much you'd use this playing woods but a simple drill is to setup a cone in front of a board and shoot at it whilst running across the field. further you are from the target the more you have to lead it.
 

NitroBall

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There was a way I used to practice in my garden which avoided using any paint. It sounds a bit stupid but it did help a lot.

I bought a laser pen, taped it to the barrel tightly enough that it couldn't move around at all. Then I had a sheet of plywood, about 5 foot tall and 4 foot wide, which I spray-painted white and screwed a couple of legs to the back of, that way I could see if the pointer was on the target or not. Then I would simply repeat motions over and over again, each time just trying to make sure I kept the pointer as close to the centre of the target as possible. Was great for running & gunning, .
Using paint you have to compensate for the speed you are traveling, and at what angle you are shooting. Running and shooting directly infront of you is fine using the setup you described above. But if you was running down tape and shooting across field (90*) you point the barrel directly at the target across field, you will miss and the paintballs will be in front of the target, you will need to shoot just before the target in order for the paintballs to hit.

EDIT. just read Thorpe's post above :)
 
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southernP8nt

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Using paint you have to compensate for the speed you are traveling, and at what angle you are shooting. Running and shooting directly infront of you is fine using the setup you described above. But if you was running down tape and shooting across field (90*) you point the barrel directly at the target across field, you will miss and the paintballs will be in front of the target, you will need to shoot just before the target in order for the paintballs to hit.

EDIT. just read Thorpe's post above :)
Well you're not using the white board as your opponent, you're using it as your target. So if you can consistently keep your aim on that fixed target while running then you should be able to keep your aim at a point infront of your opponent when shooting with paint.