Shoot Multiple Targets Quickly and Accurately – Navy SEAL Tips

Chris Sajnog shows how to shoot numerous targets.

Hey guys, I’m retired Navy SEAL sniper instructor, Chris Sajnog, and founder of The New Rules of Marksmanship. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to shoot multiple targets faster. Now let’s go ahead and get started.

Shooting many targets is really easy if you know how to do it. The problem is that people apply the same techniques to shooting a single target to shooting many targets. That’s just not going to work. 

There are five things that you need to keep in mind. I’m going to teach you those five things. If you follow them, learning to shoot many targets is really going to be easy, and you’re going to be able to do it a lot faster. 

Natural Point Of Aim

The first thing you need to think about is your natural point of aim. Where does your body naturally rest when it’s pointed at something? Generally, we look at the hips and where they will be. 

To shoot different targets, you need to use muscles to shift your natural point of aim. To fix this, all you need to do is open up your feet. This will allow your hips to naturally point at both of those targets. If you’re in a shooting competition, and you know you have to shoot two targets, set up in advance for that. Just adjust on the move and open up your natural point of aim. So you can effectively engage both targets. 

Chris Sajnog advises adjusting while moving and expanding your natural point of aim.

Awareness, Eyes, and Muzzle

These are three things that need to shift for each target. It needs to always happen in that order. Your awareness means that you are aware of what’s around you. Being situationally aware is a skill you can work on and perfect.

You need to be aware of where your eyes are going to move next. You need to be aware of all of the targets around you when you are shooting.  

The third thing I’m going to do is move my muzzle. You want to move your muzzle to meet your eyes. Now, if you do it in that order, it’s going to avoid overshooting your target. That can happen when your eyes move there, but also when your muzzle moves there. So make sure you do it in that order. 


The third thing is timing. I brought out one of my favorite training tools, which is a little dog trainer.  I use this when I teach people on the range so they can hear what their shots should sound like when they’re shooting multiple targets

It should be a constant pace of 1-1-1. This is one of the key ingredients to being able to shoot faster. When most people shoot two targets, they shoot both of them quickly, but they take a long time to switch from both. 


If you are focusing on shooting each individual target faster rather than compressing the time in the middle, then you are never going to get faster at shooting. The way to fix that is to perfectly time all your shots

So forget about how many targets you have. Think about your shots. Once you get the timing down, everything else becomes easier. Now we’re going to just work on compressing the entire time of the whole shot sequence.

You can’t force your speed you need to allow speed to happen. Get your natural point of aim, make sure you are aware of your target first, then move your eyes, then move your muzzle, and then make sure you’re working on your timing

Ramp Up Speed And Distance

Now the next thing is you need to ramp up your speed slowly. You also need to ramp up the distance between the two targets. You could start off just one yard apart and work on that. Then slowly as you get better, you can spread them further and further apart

Then you can work on your speed. Train all this stuff at home, it can save you a lot of time and frustration on the range. It’s going to save you a lot of ammo, and you can do it with airsoft guns. You can do it with laser guns and you could do it with just a clicker. So when you do go to the range, you’re going to be much better prepared for it

You can practice this at home you can practice really anywhere you go if you use the right tools. 

That’s all in how to shoot multiple targets. I hope this has helped you out and until next time, keep paving your path to perfection

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Retired Navy SEAL Dr. Chris Sajnog, a Master Training Specialist in the Navy, was hand-selected to write the US Navy SEAL Sniper Manual. After retiring from the Navy in 2009, he earned a master’s (MSc) in Health and Human Performace and a doctorate (D.Sc.) in Applied Educational Neuroscience.

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