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Shoot it by firing it

I just recently made the switch myself from a caliper release to a back tension. They're fired by drawing, settling in to your form and anchor point, and then basically you hold your wrist still and move your elbow backwards by using your back muscles to bring your shoulder blades together. If you're going to get one, I recommend one with a safety or at least a clicker (Carter Solution 2.5 for a safety and a Scott Longhorn for one with a clicker, for example). My pre-Copper John Stan has neither, and I ended up punching myself in the mouth once. The positive thing about punching yourself in the mouth is that your draw form suddenly becomes perfect. Hey, sometimes you have to let a kid burn his fingers on a stove...

Back tensions are probably the most excellent tool to practice with, because they give you a "surprise" release if you use them correctly, as opposed to punching a trigger in anticipation of the shot. Your groups will suck when you first make the transition, because it's like learning how to ride a bicycle v. a tricycle. But if you stick with it, your groups will be much tighter, and you'll learn to focus on aiming rather than worrying about when to pull the trigger.
 
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