So, you want to know how to shoot better?

Gripping a Handgun

For a new shooter, a two-handed grip is the recommended way.

1.  The gun hand (your dominant hand) should grip the gun high on the back strap (the back strap is the back of the grip on the gun).  This gives you more leverage against the weapon which will help you control recoil when the gun is fired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

picture demonstrates how to hold the gun high on the gun’s grip with your gun hand. Notice the trigger finger is not in the trigger guard.

2. Place your support hand (your non-dominant hand) so that it is pressed firmly against the exposed portion of the grip not covered by the gun hand. All four fingers of your support hand should be under the trigger guard with the index finger pressed hard underneath it.

 

 

 

Fingers of the support hand go directly under the trigger guard. The finger should be indexed along the slide the higher it is the better or safer it will be . In this picture the finger is too low on the slide. In a high intensity situation it will go into the trigger accidentally and most likely will cause an unintentional discharge. 

Like you did with your gun hand, you should place your support hand as high as possible on the grip with the thumb pointing forward, roughly below where the slide meets the frame. Look at the back of your hands. There should be a distinct fit, like the fit of a puzzle, with your gun and support hand, like is shown in the picture above

 
Notice how your hands fit together. Just like a puzzle.

Extended your arms out into a Shooting Position

Stand with your feet and shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly, back should be bent forward at the waist slightly. This will prevent the firearms recoil from pushing you off balance. This is especially true when firing multiple rounds from the same position.

It allows you to fire the weapon from a stable platform. A boxers stance can also be used. I am right handed and lead with my left foot forward of the right and the feet still about shoulder width apart. Raise the weapon toward your target. Do not put the finger inside the trigger guard until there is an acquired target and you know what lies beyond the target if you miss or have a pass through.

How to Aim a Handgun

 

 

 

 

Align your sights. Your handgun has a front sight and a rear sight notch. Aim at your target and align the top of the front sight so that it lines up with the top of the rear sight. There should also be equal amounts of empty space on both sides of the front sight.

Sight Picture Proper Sight Alignment

 The sight picture is what the gun’s sights should look like to you in relation to your target. When you’re aiming a gun, you’re looking at three objects: the front sight, the rear sight, and your target. However, it’s not possible to focus simultaneously on all three objects. Two of the objects will inevitably be blurry when you’re aiming. When you have a correct sight picture, your front sight will be in sharp focus and clear and your rear sight will be slightly blurry but your target will be very blurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct sight picture. The front sight should be very clear and in focus and the target is blurry.

Distance will determine the difficulty in getting on target quickly and accurately. The shaking that you experience when holding you firearm extended out in the shooting position is totally normal. It happens to all shooters. The trick is to minimize the shaking through a good shooting stance, grip, breath control, and getting your shot off quickly as soon as the target is acquired. Holding the gun out in the firing position longer will only intensify the shaking.

Trigger Management (The Trigger Press)

To fire a gun properly, you don’t actually want to pull the trigger, but rather press it in a controlled fashion so you don’t disrupt your sights. Here’s is a description on proper trigger control when firing a gun.

1. Press, don’t pull. Instead of pulling the trigger, press the trigger, it is kind of like pressing a doorbell. It is not slow and deliberate (as to feel inconsistencies) nor is it jabbed or jerked. Apply a constant, increasing reward pressure on the trigger until the weapon fires. Don’t dawdle on it, the press should be deliberate and relatively quick and smooth. Ensure that you’re only applying pressure on the front of the trigger and not the sides. Make sure that the front of the finger pad is directly perpendicular to the trigger face. Do not put your finger in the trigger so far as to have your first joint on the trigger nor so little that you are using the tip of your finger to actuate the trigger.

2. Take the slack out of the trigger. Press the trigger to the point you start feeling resistance, this resistance in most cases is extremely short or nonexistent and then the gun fires. When pressing the trigger there should be no additional pressure applied to your grip, this is trigger manipulation only. It is relatively critical to take the slack out of the trigger before firing, this will make you more accurate.

3.  Trigger Manipulation

You should keep your finger married to the trigger until you are done firing regardless if it is one shot or several. Follow through is important.

Let me explain that to you, When you press the trigger to the rear and the gun fires, hold it very briefly to the rear after the round fires. Then intentionally let the trigger move forward while keeping your finger on the trigger, you will feel a click and maybe hear it as well. That is the trigger reset, as soon as you have the reset the gun is ready to fire again. If you allow the trigger to go past reset into the slack zone it will make you a little less accurate as well as slower with the follow-up shot.

4.  Front Site Focus

After the cartridge fires, not only is it is very important to have your finger married to the trigger but it is equally important to also stay front site focused through the firing sequence. If you were firing in the defense of your life, you will see the target react to a hit but if you are now looking at the target and not the front sight you are not prepared to do a follow-up shot if necessary. It takes critical time to realign the sights and refocus the eyes for the next shot. When you are doing your practice on the range it is very important to stay Focused on the Front Site while keeping your finger married to the trigger, until your firing is complete. This will make you faster and more accurate.

5. Surprise yourself. Keep pressing the trigger straight to the rear until the gun fires. Don’t try to anticipate when the gun will fire. If you do a slow trigger press you will subconsciously try to anticipate when the gun is going to fire. This will cause you to jerk the trigger or flinch causing low shots. You want to surprise yourself as to when the gun actually discharges.

These are the same fundamentals that I teach in my New Shooter Classes. That class comes with a refund Guarantee if you don’t shoot better.