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3 Drills Archery Instructors Can Do To Help Students Improve Their Stance

If you are in charge of running an archery range at a summer camp or school, you may not have a lot of experience creating drills for your students to complete. While regular shooting and general feedback from you will help your students improve, there are several specific drills that you can do that will give your students a stronger stance, helping them to shoot more accurately and consistently.  The Slow Draw  Many beginning archery students rush through the setup and draw to the release. This does not give them enough time to consider and correct their stance. To help your students slow down, you can divide your setup into several different sections and then guide them through each of the sections.  First, divide the shooting process into different parts. For example, placing your rear foot, placing your forward foot, raising the bow, nocking the arrow, placing your fingers, drawing the string, aiming, and releasing can all be separate sections of shooting.  Once you have divided the shooting process into manageable sections, guide your students through each section, leaving 5-10 seconds between each section to allow your students to make adjustments in their posture and feel the difference.  As your students get more comfortable, speed up the commands. Then, stop saying the commands and simply blow a whistle as your students move from one section to the next. This will help them internalize the commands. Finally, allow your students to set up and shoot at their own pace.   This exercise should give your students an internal checklist of the things they should be aware of throughout the act of shooting. You may need to adjust the order of commands or add additional sections based on your student’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, a student that regularly raises their shoulders should add a “lower shoulders” command to their process.  Blindfolded Shooting Shooting while blindfolded may seem fun and silly to your students. However, it is a good way to concentrate on how the proper shooting stance feels as opposed to focusing on aiming and hitting the target. To get the most out of the exercise, you should have your students shoot normally, asking them how their stance feels. Then, have them shoot blindfolded and compare their awareness of their stance. Ask whether they feel comfortable and whether they feel like they should make any adjustments. After a few rounds of […]

Electrolysis: An Alternative For Removing Rust From Firearm Parts

Rust is the enemy of just about anything that’s made of metal and that applies to many parts of your firearm. However, getting rid of surface rust often proves to be a tedious, time-consuming process that also takes plenty of elbow grease to complete. Electrolysis offers a compelling alternative to other rust removal methods. The following offers an in-depth look at how it works and what you’ll need to get the job done, as well as its benefits and drawbacks. How the Process Works Electrolysis is a process where electric current is passed through a conductive liquid (usually an alkaline solution) to create a chemical reaction capable of decomposing ionic substances. The chemical reaction created through electrolysis loosens and dissolves the rust, leaving behind a clean and rust-free surface. Unlike acids or other methods of rust removal, electrolysis does not disturb the underlying metal, making it idea for cleaning many types of metal gun components. What You’ll Need There are several things you’ll need for this process. For starters, you’ll need a clean plastic container to hold the electrolyte. As for the electrolyte, you can create your solution by adding a tablespoon of sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda) for each gallon of water used. You’ll also need a convenient source of direct current (DC) electricity. A battery charger offers the perfect solution, in most cases. You’ll also need a steel rod that will act as the anode. Make sure the rod isn’t made from stainless steel, as this can leave behind harmful byproducts. Last, but not least, you’ll need an electrically conductive cable or wire to attach your gun parts to as they submerge in the bath. Removing Rust with Electrolysis Once you’ve created your electrolyte and placed the steel rod into the container, you’ll need to connect the positive lead from the battery charger to the rod and the negative lead to the wire suspending the parts you wish to remove rust from. Afterwards, plug in the battery charger and turn it on. The amount of time needed for the electrolysis process to remove rust depends largely on the size of your parts. It may take several hours for the electrolysis process to thoroughly remove rust from large metal parts. Afterwards, your gun parts should be immediately cleaned, dried and coated with gun oil to prevent rust from taking hold once more. Benefits Electrolysis is one of the least destructive […]