Friday, 12 February 2010
Breathing Techniques for Snipers
Snipers are specially trained marksmen who are able to shoot their targets from long distances. Although snipers have inherent shooting powers before they undergo training, many skills must be learned to make a marksman into a sniper. Training in subtlety and camouflage are, of course, very important for a sniper. If a sniper breathes during his shot, his movement may move the gun and throw off the shot. Breathing techniques are an important, yet often overlooked, part of a sniper's skill.
Breath control is of the utmost importance for the sniper. The movement made by the expansion and contraction of the chest cavity during a shot could easily throw a snipers aim off. In order for a sniper to make his shot, he is required to stop breathing for during the natural pause between inhalation and exhalation and make his shot. The natural pause between breaths is usually two or three seconds long. By extending this pause to ten seconds, a sniper has the window he needs to make his shot. Firing should always occur during this forced pause, when the diaphragm and breathing muscles are relaxed. If the sniper does not settle enough to make his shot, the relaxation process is repeated.
This respiratory pause should not be forced or too long. Holding your breath too long results in involuntary movement of the body. Ten seconds is the assumed time limit to make a good shot while holding your breath during the natural pause between breaths. Even after the shot is made, breathing is still important during the follow through. Snipers are trained to keep their muscles relaxed and their breathing regular and steady after the shot.