Just being a gun enthusiast does not mean that you are ready to join a team or participate in a shooting competition or event. You need to have a love for guns, shooting and competition to even start thinking about getting into competitive shooting and being able to shoot at targets on a range is a great place to start. Having a base knowledge in guns, ammo and how to use them is one area but you also need to have some confidence in shooting and handling a gun as well.
Shooting Range Industries lists some tips to help you get ready to join a competition shooting team.
Know The Rules of Competition Shooting: Just going to a range and shooting at your leisure or even doing a tactical course will not have you ready for completion. You need to do some research about what kind of shooting you want to compete in and go through the rules. Familiarize yourself with them and how they may change your natural ability to shoot. They may be very different from what you think, so be prepared with the right information.
Get The Right Kind Of Competition Shooting Supplies: You do not want to go out and buy a bunch of new gear. Go to a few competitions and watch what goes on and what type of gear they are using. This can help you determine what you want to get. Once you have an idea you can start assembling some of the gear that you want. After a competition you may decide that you want something different or you were missing something altogether
Control Your Nerves: Having nerves when you are doing something that is intense is actually a good thing. Nerves are the manifestation of your adrenaline that is going to make your senses much keener. You are more aware when you are in this heightened state but you still need to be able to control your nerves. If you can’t master this you will not be able to get an even pull or a consistent shot pattern.
Don’t Give Up If You Lose: It can be frustrating competing in a shooting competition and not winning but you need to realize that you are up against competitors that spend years honing in their craft and perfecting competition shooting. You will get better as long as you keep practicing and trying.