There is one very important thing you should do just before the timer goes off. You know…that pivotal moment when you bring your gun out of its holster or from the low ready into play.
It’s this: Relax.
That’s it. Relax your shoulders, your arms, and your hands. Many shooters tense up bad just when the RO issues those scary commands: Shooter ready. Standby. *BEEP!* Then you see this cascade of events:
The muscles relax, because you cannot use your muscles to move your hands and arms into your shooting position without first relaxing then contracting them again.
So, do yourself a favor: Relax your muscles just before the timer goes off so you can contract them and move into your shooting position. This includes your core, your legs, and your feet! It will also minimize some of the muscle tremors you get from having contract your muscles too long, a bad thing when you are just about to shoot.