You can have the best Nerf blaster ever made, even one with a highly accurate barrel mod, but if you do not know how to shoot it properly, it is worthless in your hands. With the following seven tips, you will be able to get the accuracy you need. These tips are for long range, rifle-style blasters: the type that require good accuracy to take out your targets.
Get to Know Your Blaster
This is the single most important tip I can give you. To get to know your blaster well, go in your backyard with a pile of darts and shoot at pop cans. Learn to calibrate your sights for increased accuracy. You can even sit around your living room and fire at something on the other side of the room while you watch TV. The goal is for you to be comfortable with your gun and know how it performs.
Adjust on the Fly
First of all, you should keep an eye on where your shots are landing during a battle. Do they consistently tend to go to the right? Or, perhaps they are sailing high. If you notice this, adjust where you are aiming. If the shots are going to the right, aim a little to the left.
Hold Your Breath
You can improve your accuracy by holding your breath while firing. When you are breathing (usually quite heavily if you are in battle), it is hard to hold your blaster still. I like to get my target in my sights, take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and then I will slowly squeeze the trigger.
Practice Good Habits
You know the saying “Practice makes perfect”? Well, that is only partially true. Realistically, practice makes perfect. This means you should always take the time to make sure you are engaging in good practicing habits.
Adjust for Weather
When it is windy, rainy, or snowy, it can affect your accuracy. You need to adjust for this. If possible, show up to the battle field early and do a little target practice to see how the weather is affecting your shots.
Learn Many Different Positions
Depending on the layout of the field and how hurried you are, you may need to learn to shoot from a variety of different positions: prone, standing, one knee down, etc. Practice shooting from all of these positions, so you are prepared.
Take Your Time
It is really easy to get frantic and want to hurry to shoot when you are in the heat of battle, but a hurried shot is an inaccurate shot. You might as well not shoot. Take your time when taking a long range shot. You will waste less ammo and hit more targets.
What tips do you have? Let me know in the comments.