Learn About Shooting Fundamentals
Shooting Breathing Control
Proper breathing control is an important part of gun training that
effects the accuracy of your shooting. When you breath, your body moves
and that's not good when you are trying to aim your gun.
Handgun Shooting Stance
Your stance is your foundation for good shooting. It provides a solid
base for controlling recoil and accuracy and allows you to move and
react quickly to different situations.
Handgun Shooting Grip
A good shooting grip allows you to shoot accurately and consistently,
control recoil and muzzle flip while handling the gun in the safest
Trigger Finger Placement & Trigger Squeeze
The proper placement of your index finger on the trigger of a handgun
and the proper squeezing of the trigger keeps you from moving the gun
off target when firing. Your finger should be positioned on the trigger
such that the pad of your index finger is approximately half way between
the tip of your finger and the first joint.
Handgun Point Shooting
Point shooting is recognized as the skill of shooting a gun (generally a
handgun) without the use of the gun sights. It is similar to what you
see in the old cowboy movies and it varies greatly in style and
How To Stop Flinching
Flinching is the unwanted motion of your body that occurs when you
anticipate recoil and the loud bang that accompanies it. Everybody
flinches at first, but with practice and proper technique you can make
the flinch go away.
How To Aim A Handgun
Learning to aim is one of the most basic skills needed for shooting a
handgun (if you want to hit your target) and is an essential part of gun
Range Master Handgun Shooting Tips
Handgun shooting tips and techniques learned from certified handgun
instructors who teach handgun and self defense courses. Learn how to
hold the gun, aim, squeeze the trigger and more.
Don't Use The Slide Stop To Release The Slide
Some instructors teach their students not to use the slide stop to
release the slide on semi-automatic pistols. I used to wonder "Why Not?"
and thought that the manufacturer's wouldn't have designed it that way
if they didn't want you to use it.
The following are handgun shooting tips and
techniques learned from
range masters at the shooting range. This is information taught by
certified handgun instructors who teach handgun and self defense
Why Place Your Hand As High Up As
Possible On The Handle Of A Handgun?
The main reason for the high position of the hands
on the gun is improved leverage. Placing your hands as high up on the
gun as possible will give you more leverage to control muzzle flip. The
higher up you get on the gun, the less the muzzle will flip upwards.
It's just physics. Getting your hands as high up on the back of the gun
as you can with your strong hand will lessen the effect of recoil.
Experiment for yourself at the range. Start with placing your strong
hand in the highest possible position and fire off a few rounds. Then
move you hand down a little and fire a few more. You should notice an
increase in muzzle flip the farther down you go.
Is It Bad To Dry Fire Your Gun?
My range master recommends dry firing your guns as
much as possible at home to improve aiming and trigger pull techniques.
Most modern center fire guns are not damaged by dry firing (though some
of the old guns may be). Dry firing is not recommended for guns that
shoot rim fire ammunition as damage to the firing pin may occur. My
range master tells me to practice dry firing while watching television.
He said there are a lot of bad guys on TV that need to be shot.
Should You Tilt Your Hand When Shooting
I saw a video on the internet that showed the
"proper" way to hold a gun single handed was to tilt the gun slightly
when aiming and shooting. I asked my instructor about this. He told me
to point at the target with my index finger, then asked me to look at
the position of my hand. He said for me top point the gun in the same
way. The way that is natural for me. It is different for each person.
Whatever comes naturally and instinctively to you is the best way to
hold a gun.
Heavier Gun Means Less Recoil
It's not the Recoil that makes you shoot bad, it's
the fear of the recoil. Learning to shoot with a powerful handgun can
cause you problems that may take a long time to overcome. Fear of recoil
and anticipation of recoil. For a long time I was somewhat hesitant to
shoot a .45 semi-automatic pistol. I was afraid the recoil would be too
much for me (I have a weakened right hand from minor nerve damage in my
My first handgun was a .357
magnum revolver. Looking back, that was probably a mistake. It was a
pretty lightweight gun and had a little kick (recoil) to it when I shot
it. I shot .357 magnum, 38 special +p and 38 special caliber ammunition
through it. Another mistake I made was shooting the powerful .357 magnum
and 38 special+p ammunition. I should have learned using the weakest
ammo that I could find. Learning this way gave me an apprehension and
"fear" of the recoil, even though I knew that the physical recoil that I
felt was no problem and I could handle it easily. Teaching my mind that
the "big bang does not mean big pain" was difficult to do and took many
hours and many rounds down range to overcome it.
Can You See A Bullet?
Can you see a bullet as it flies through the air? A
few weeks ago I thought that was impossible until I saw it for myself.
Can You See A Bullet?
When You Shoot With Your Right Hand
Should You Aim With Your Right Eye? What About Left Hand?
Per the range master, aim with whichever is your
Point Shooting For Defensive Shooting
My range master teaches self defense and only
teaches point shooting techniques for defensive shooting.
How Do You Adjust The Sights Of A Gun?
I asked my range master about adjusting the sights
of my revolvers and pistols. He replied that he knows that I only point
shoot (and don't use the gun sights) so why bother? He then said "wait a
minute" and walked away to retrieve an item from the front desk area.
The item he retrieved was a
laser bore sighter. It turned out to be a handy (and cheap) little
laser device that you stick into the barrel of your empty gun for
adjusting your sights. With the bore sighter putting a red dot on the
target you simply adjust you sights accordingly. Since you are not
shooting your gun there is not recoil expectation to through you off.
The nice thing about this device is that you can adjust the sights of
your gun at home and not waste valuable range time.
What Is The Proper Trigger Finger
Position On A Handgun?
Gun Trigger Finger: Proper Position & Technique.
How Do Ear Muffs Help To Reduce Recoil?
A good set of ear muffs will help take the "scare"
out of recoil by reducing that annoying loud band when you pull the
trigger. It will make it less intimidating as well.
How Hard Do You Squeeze Or Grip Your
Hands When Shooting A Handgun?
You have to adjust your grip to what suits you best.
When I first began shooting, the range master noticed that I was
gripping my handgun such that my hand was turning white and was shaking
slightly. He told me to grasp the gun firmly, but not to the point of
I think the best answer to this question is for each
person to experiment with different grip strengths while shooting at the
range. Start off by gripping the handgun very hard and see how well you
shoot. By starting off "hard" you don't have to worry about the gun
flying out of your hands. Loosen your grip a little and fire off a few
more rounds to see if that feels better or worse. Continue until you
find the right grip for you.
You Smell Of Gun Powder After Shooting
At The Range!
This is something to remember. When you go to the
range for a shooting session you are impregnated with lots of gun powder
residue. It gets into your hair, on your skin and penetrates your
clothing. You may not smell it, but others do. For example, a few days
after I went to the range I went the grocery store and was wearing the
same shirt (I thought it was clean when I put it on). A couple walked
paste me in the aisle and the guy said to his girl friend "I smell gun
powder". That surprised me so I approached the couple and told the guy
that it was probably my shirt and that I had gone to the range earlier.
He said he has a sensitive nose, loves the smell of gun powder and that
it makes a good "man cologne". Now I wondered how many other people
could smell me. I got a little paranoid and kept my distance for the
rest of my shopping trip. They say a skunk can't smell his own smell.
How Do Your Store Your Guns At Home?
I asked the range master how he stored his guns at
his home. He replied that he stores them loaded and ready to shoot.
What is a Range Master?
A Range Master is the "guy in charge" at the
shooting range or gun range. He is responsible for ensuring that all gun
safety rules are followed at all times.
What is that smell from the gun range?
That's the smell of "shot" gun powder. Not all gun
powder smells the same. The smell varies with each manufacturer and type
of gun powder.
What paper is used for target practice?
I like to use cheap paper place for target practice
at my range. Paper plates make good target because they are cheap, easy
to see and require no time to download or print from the computer.
Tacking the paper plate target to the backstop with the "bottom" of the
plate facing you seems to work best. It creates a small gap between the
plate and the backstop which makes it easier to see the bullet holes
that you make. It is also a good idea to draw a brightly colored bulls
eye on the plate with a marker to give your eye a focus point for
What is a good distance to practice self defense
My instructors at the range always tell me that most
self defense shootings occur at distance of 5-8 feet so practice at 5-8
feet. They also tell me that in such circumstances you are not going to
aim your gun your are just going to point it and shoot it. So practice
point shooting at close distances for self defense at first. You can
always move the target further back as your get better.
Which finger is on the trigger of the gun?
trigger finger is your index finger (the one next to your thumb).
What is a Shooting Range?
A shooting range or gun range is a specialized
facility designed for firearms practice.