You've finally gone thru all the
ground work to get yourself to this point, you are now ready
to learn the basic techniques for proper handgun use.
There are five essentials to learn in order to properly and
accurately shoot a handgun:
Proper alignment of your body and
handgun with the target.
Keep the handgun pointed in a safe
direction and shake hands with the grip of the handgun,
fitting the "V' formed by the thumb and index finger of the
shooting hand as high as possible on the backstrap ( back of
the grip). Remember to keep your finger off the trigger (start
getting in the habit now to keep your trigger finger along the
frame just above the trigger/ trigger guard. Next you will use
your weak hand to grip finish your grip. I won't take the time
to explain this part - Our instructors will explain and
demonstrate the grip to each student and make adjustments as
Breath control is required to
minimize body movement which in turn reduces handgun
movement. For target shooting it is recommended that you take
a breath between shots - let out enough air to be comfortable
and then shoot. Now for self-defense or tactical situations
you will later need to learn to control your breathing while
performing tactical movement and shooting. Ninja Stuff, Cool!
That comes in later classes.
Proper sight alignment is the
relationship of the front and rear sights. To properly align
the two sights the top of the front sight is even with the top
of the rear sight - the front sight must be centered in the
notch of the rear sight (see illustration). Proper
sight alignment is key to accurate shooting. Any misalignment
of the front sight with the rear sight will cause inaccuracies
of your shot placement. Our instructors will work with you
during the range time to further discuss and demonstrate
proper sight alignment. You will aim with your dominant eye
when shooting a handgun. Just because you are right handed it
does not mean that you are right eyed dominant. Our
instructors will show you a easy test to determine your
Trigger squeeze is exactly that,
you squeeze the trigger back in order to shoot the handgun -
you do not pull or jerk the trigger back. The trigger must be
squeezed straight back in a smooth continuous motion.
Continuing to apply all of the shooting
fundamentals throughout the delivery of the shot.
Trigger Squeeze and
sight alignment are considered to be the two most important
factors in accurate shooting The other four fundamentals all
combine to assist in achieving proper sight alignment and
trigger squeeze. All the fundamentals must be properly
performed every time in order to shoot the pistol accurately.