How to Shoot a Pistol? – Discover Everything You Need for Next Level Shooting

Pistols are uniquely American. Few countries in the world allow their citizens to own guns. Americans can not only own guns, they can own pistols. That is very rare on the planet and you should be taking advantage of this.

Learning to use a pistol like a carpenter uses a hammer, takes time, skill and expertise. If you’re completely new consider training. If you’ve been to the range a time or two, and you’d like to channel your inner John Wayne and sling lead from your sidearm, you’re in luck.​

This is the start of your pistol education for people who’ll be carrying a pistol for protection from predators, both 2 legged and 4 legged, and people wanting to get a start in handgun hunting.​

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Reticle Perpendicularity

Long range shooters go through great pains to properly set-up their rifles for long range shooting. Bipods, muzzle brakes, cosine indicators and a host of other widgets often adorn their newly created thunder stick. How many of them actually check to see that their scope reticle is perpendicular to the bore?

Often times they take for granted that the store clerk/gunsmith properly installed the scope and it is true to the rifle’s bore? Others often cant the rifle and set the reticle to what “looks vertical” in their opinion? The resulting misalignment can cause problems when we engage targets at long range.

Over the years I’ve watched shooters adjust both elevation and windage in apparent dead calm conditions. When queried about the “extra windage” they dialed, the excuses ranged from rotational drift, to the Coriolis effect? Never once did they question the possibility that the reticle was not perpendicular to the bore. Rotational drift at 500 yards is minimal (approx. 1.5 inches depending upon caliber and bullet) and is of no real concern to the long range hunter. Can you judge point of impact that accurately under field conditions? Probably not?

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Are You Pressing The Trigger Wrong?

At the beginning of my Handgun Vitals program, I start with diagnostic drills to see what skills the students brought to class. On average, about 95% of shots fired strike below the aiming area in every class. After talking through each student’s target with the entire class together, I ask why.

I hear answers that sound like they come straight off of those useless shot group analysis targets. Answers such as, bucking, flinching, heeling and other meaningless unhelpful words and phrases. The most common answer is that the shooter is anticipating recoil. Anticipating recoil would be correct except the problem isn’t anticipation of recoil. The problem is an improper trigger press – the symptom is anticipation of recoil.

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Firearm Education In High School

A new piece of legislation introduced in North Carolina aims to give high school students a little extra learning: firearms education.

House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.

The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.

I would love to see this sort of curriculum in as many schools as possible!

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Recoil Management

Should be “muzzle flip,” as that’s the ‘springboard’ for this feature: I received a screen capture depicting someone shooting a light, powerful revolver. The muzzle was directed skyward, presumably by the crushing power of the load in the lightweight gun. A grimace, closed eyes and the impression of a high-order detonation implied ‘punishment.’

Muzzle flip is a component of recoil expressed due to a loose grip and/or poor stance. Recoil is a function of projectile weight and mass, velocity and the weight of the launching device. It’s something you feel – for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. It’s like politics.

Control of recoil is control of the ultimate force option: If you keep the gun in line – or nearly in line – with the point of ignition, you can reset the action and continue firing. It’s a rate of (accurate) fire thing.

You’ve seen videos of the inexperienced types shooting X-frame .500 Magnum revolvers. For one press of the trigger, it appears they’re getting the “hammer” – two shots. It has to do with the abrupt jarring impact, trigger finger relaxing due to impact and immediately retightening to keep the gun in hand. The second round is coming out nearly vertical, close to covering the shooter’s head.

That’s a problem. It’s potentially a self-resolving problem in a permanent sense.

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