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Gasping For Air

Gasping For Air

I have COPD, and my hobby is shooing both handguns and rifles. When I shoot rifles from a bench, I find myself gasping for breath which causes my shots to be well scattered, no real pattern. Is this a norm? Is anyone else finding themselves running out of breath while shooting?

posted November 22
A MyCOPDTeam Member

When you are at the bench at range and you are hunching over you are also compressing your diaphragm which is the organ or muscle that helps your lungs expand when inhaling and exhaling and when hunched over you may be compressing the diaphragm and when you're body needs to breathe evenly and deeply it can't so so may start to gasp for air,so,if you raise the level your firearm to where you are in a more upright position you may get some relief and using smokeless powder is a big help depending on type and style you are shooting from,hope this helps.

posted November 23
A MyCOPDTeam Member

@A MyCOPDTeam Member. You may be right. I have a compressed lung on the right side and am right-handed. I know I can't shoot 10 rounds in the sitting position, (maybe on a good day 8.) before I have to roll out of the position. Hate the thought of having to give up high-powered long-distance shooting.

posted November 23
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Just guessing but it sounds like you may be collapsing one of your lungs partly, I don't think I'd do that if I were you or use a smaller caliber rifle.

posted November 23
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Had not thought of that. Will give that a try on my next trip to the range. Hate to think of these rifles sitting around collecting rust, dust, and mold from not using them.

posted November 23

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