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Do shooting jackets always help?

July 7 2017 at 8:37 PM
Scott Hull  (Login Scotchmo1957)

The discussion below got me thinking more about shooting jackets. I don't currently use one.

If you are sweating inside the jacket, you are frustrating your bodies ability to cool itself. Excess body temperature will affect your cognitive abilities.

The most important shooting aid is the grey matter between your ears. If not functioning at 100%, your decision making abilities are being impaired and your overall performance might actually suffer more than that shooting jacket is helping.

I would think that it would be better to lose the shooting jacket if it's hot and you are sweating in it. Try shooting an entire match without one. You might find that you do better overall.

Most of my offhand shooting is at silhouette matches and shooting jackets are not allowed. Not that I would want to wear one. Field target has very few offhand shots anyway, so I see very limited benefit and more risk to performance if dependent on one.

Why do you wear a shooting jacket (the Creedmore style) when you are hot/sweaty?

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