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  • How to accurately shoot Pistol

    Thanks Darth Vader for inspiring me to write up this thread.

    Step 1: Assume a proper grip, apply 20% pressure with firing hand and 80% pressure with support hand.

    Step 2: obtain a proper sight picture and focus on front sight post so that is in focus and target is blury.

    Step 3: While your aiming you will notice the sights moving around your aiming point.... don't worry about where exactly they are when the trigger breaks because if you do then you will force it and pull your shot.

    Step 4: Use conventional wisdom of slow steady squeeze. Now take it to the extreme. Its like the story of how potato chips were invented.... Person orders potatos cut thin and cooked. When they get order they complain they are cut to thick and send them back to kitchen. Chef says ok and cuts them thinner and sends out new order. Customer gets them and says "these are still to thick" and send them back. Again Chef cuts even thinner and send it back out. Again customer complains that they are cut to thick. At this point Chef is pissed. Out of spite he cuts the potato as thin as he possibly can and fries them in oil and sends them out to customer. The customer tries them and falls in love with them. So the point is to take slow steady squeeze to the extreme. If it take you 20 seconds or more for trigger to break than thats awesome! Remember don't rush it and even though your sights will be moving a lot around where you want to hit it does not matter. Let it happen naturally and you will be shooting better.

    Step 5: When you squeeze trigger ensure you keep it rear after it fires for 2 seconds and slowly release until it resets (you hear/feel trigger click).

    Step 6: After hitting target consistently and accurately you can then start shooting faster and or further. Remember slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

    Step 7: if you follow the above you should be shooting more accurately if you are new to shooting or it has been a while.

    I have found the above to address trigger control and anticipation issues for me and it has worked with everyone I have shown how to shoot with. Remember this is to help you shoot more accurately and does not address safety which is assumed you should know.
    Last edited by usmcveteran; 12-03-2015, 05:32 PM.
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    Thanks for this info USMC,I am going to try everything you mentioned hopefully this week if the weather will give me at least a hour or 2 at the range,the wind has been a big factor and stoping me from going to range..

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    • #3
      No problem let me know how it works for you. I know specific drills for issues too but found if you squeeze trigger extremely slow by adding tiniest amount of extra pressure at a time works to prevent issues.

      Another tip especially with ammo prices is to have a goal to work on every time you go to range.

      Also I keep pistol up until every round of magazine is shot in order to build endurance holding pistol up.
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      • #4
        Great post man

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        • #5
          Nice, detailed post! Good job! Now tell me how I can ring a 6" gong consistently at 100 yards without a bench.
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          • #6
            i always blame it on the jerk on the trigger....... not the gun ........

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 24Pink14Stink View Post
              Nice, detailed post! Good job! Now tell me how I can ring a 6" gong consistently at 100 yards without a bench.
              Get a scoped contender lol...... But to really answer your question its practice lol. I started out at 3 yards and once I got tight groups moved it out and got tight groups and so on. My range is only out to 50 and if I aim at head of steel torso target I can hit it every time no problem.

              I haven't shot in a while so when I go I will start slow using above method and will be back in swing of things in no time.
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              • #8
                Great post. Thanks. Good reminder of the basics that are easy to forget when at the range.
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                • #9
                  Good write-up. Reminds me that I need to get to the range and do some work on fundamentals.
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                  • #10
                    I have such a problem getting the front sight in focus. All I see is the target
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                    • #11
                      Check out the photos on right side of this article http://www.gundigest.com/guns/handgu...he-front-sight .

                      Try using a bright colored target area so you can easily see it when blurred like in photos in link. It will take a little practice which you can do at home with an unloaded firearm.

                      You might notice that when your target is in clear focus that your shots probably shoot around the bullseye a lot of them time. Once you master keeping just front site tip in focus you will see a difference.

                      You could also even just hold your pointer finger up and stare at the tip of that and let everything else get blurry. Also when at the range nothing says you can't switch focus from site to target to make sure your where you want to be and back to front site before you fire.


                      ETA: if my membership is still good at GCL and you are in the area I would be glad to take you shooting if you have your pistol permit and shoot with you.

                      ETA again: Welcome to the forum!
                      Last edited by usmcveteran; 12-02-2014, 09:50 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by usmcveteran View Post

                        Get a scoped contender lol...... But to really answer your question its practice lol. I started out at 3 yards and once I got tight groups moved it out and got tight groups and so on. My range is only out to 50 and if I aim at head of steel torso target I can hit it every time no problem.

                        I haven't shot in a while so when I go I will start slow using above method and will be back in swing of things in no time.
                        You mean it takes work? Ugh. Never mind.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gtnorry View Post
                          I have such a problem getting the front sight in focus. All I see is the target
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                          • #14
                            Wow this is what a Gun Forum should be like!!! Keep it up Fellas !!!
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                            • #15
                              Thanks!
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