THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOW THROUGH By Wayne McLerran
I can certainly understand the benefits of a consistent hard hold when firing a firearm but I’m going to play the devil’s advocate here to some extent concerning the concept of “follow through”. It’s been my experience that many, possibly most, shooters do not really understand the notion of follow through when it comes to firearms. I certainly did not at one time, assuming it was a technique of how one reacted with the firearm after the trigger was pulled. To some (very small) extent this is true but remember, it‘s a documented well-known fact that the bullet has exited the barrel of a BPCR approximately 2 ms (that’s 2 milliseconds or 2/1000 of a second) after the primer ignites the powder. That’s pretty darn quick, and once that bullet exits the barrel you can’t do anything to affect the its path downrange.
I’ve had spotters and other shooters watching me mention that I’m not applying consistent follow through, although I clearly “called he shot”. When asked to clarify, the person usually said I started to move or was moving the rifle too quickly off the sticks after firing. Certainly consistency is very important concerning how the firearm is held and in the firing sequence, but it’s impossible for a human being to mentally make a decision to start and move anything within 2 milliseconds after pulling the trigger. So my old understanding and their understanding of follow through was not correct. Below is a link to a good article on the subject that may leave some of you with a different viewpoint of follow through than you had prior to reading the article. I find I need to read it every so often to reeducate myself.