Brave as John Wayne, press the rifle on your shoulder in one fluid motion and then quickly pull the trigger?
No, that's not the way to win a trophy or a title in an air rifle competition. The most frequently shot rifle discipline in most European countries is contested at ten meters, the ten ring measures only half a millimeter(!), and recently the rings have even been electronically evaluated to a tenth of a ring. The top male and female shooters today have an average of 10.5 rings per 60 shots – that is, per shot! What used to be enough to win a national championship title is no longer sufficient, due to the enormous increase in shooters' performance.
Whoever has the ambition to keep up (of course, it is also possible to just shoot a little once a week for fun) must train like a competitive athlete. But not all clubs have experienced trainers, not to mention those with coaching licenses and/or international experience. Today, however, anyone can "coach" themselves with the help of the Internet, YouTube videos, and new types of textbooks with multimedia content. Take a look at the video linked above: there is no more compact way to learn about this important detail of the "placement" process. And after that, the only thing that helps is: train, train and then practice a lot more...
Reinkemeier's new book, cross-media with QR codes plus videos
At the beginning of May 2022, after a long break due to Corona, the time has come again: Heinz Reinkemeier and Gaby Bühlmann (Olympic shooter for Switzerland, psychologist, trainer) again welcome interested rifle shooters from all over the world to an "International Rifle Camp", an eight-day shooting course in Dortmund, Germany, with six hours of training each day – it hardly gets more intensive! However, this course was booked up just as quickly as the previous camps. Also the May course participants will practice "live" with the well-known trainers, but also largely with the methods from this book, “Trainingsprogramm GEWEHR” – an English version, already requested by many shooters worldwide, will be released later in this 2022.
The new book combines detailed text and images with countless new video clips, many of which are available only to book buyers through embedded QR codes that open via smartphone. A digital version of the book in PDF format is part of the package, so that you can also quickly "look up" something at the shooting range and watch it in the video. The result is the most modern, cross-media textbook on air rifle shooting currently available.
Here's a 25-page reading sample (unfortunately in German only, for now) from the book. The purple links are active and lead to more information.
About Heinz Reinkemeier
Presenting complex technical and sporting facts in an understandable way is one of the special skills that have made Heinz Reinkemeier, a native of Westphalia, Germany, successful for three decades now. His regularly updated books have been available for decades in German, English, Polish and even Chinese. Another skill is that, as a qualified psychologist and former top marksman, he is also able to develop new training methods. In a third segment, he designs accessories for sport shooters. His anatomic laminated wood stocks for Walther rifles can be found on almost every shooting range today, as can his rifle tripods, butt plates and sun visors. His instructional posters (they are included in every Walther rifle case, and can also be ordered from MEC) explain the most important points of a successful target aiming almost by themselves and in a compact way. Everything is well thought-out and tried and tested, and it looks stylish anyway...
Interesting links about Heinz Reinkemeier's training advice:
- The website "www.heinzlive.com by Heinz Reinkemeier"
- Almost 13,000 subscribers, over 330 videos on YouTube
- Heinz Reinkemeier's Facebook page
Part 1 of the video series "Learn to shoot air rifle in 3 minutes" on all4shooters.com.