How to Shoot a Gun Accurately
We are going to talk a little bit about accuracy when you're shooting a hand gun and it depends on a lot of different things all coming together at the same time not the least of which is your breathing. You want to make sure you breathe regularly, keep enough oxygen in your system so when you are ready to pull that trigger you can hold your breath just enough to get that shot off. Basically just like building anything accuracy starts with a good foundation so you need to start with your footwork. A couple of different ways but the best way I've found for two handed shooting is you're going to have your support side, in my case my left side because I am right handed and you're going to have your shooting side which is my right side because I'm right handed. Your support foot wants to be forward pointed at the target. Your knee needs to be bent a little bit so that your weight is on your front foot more than the back foot. Your back foot ends up being at about a 45 degree angle to the direct line to the target. Both knees are bent and you are leaning forward at the waist which is putting your weight pretty much directly on your support leg. So as we go from the foundation up to the top, the top of your body needs to be stable and balanced over the center line of your body, that's why your support foot, non-shooting foot is forward, your shooting foot is back and you are leaning into it. Then you are going to take the firearm in your hand and as we open it up and check it to make sure it is empty for practice, a good and proper grip starts with the direct line right here which is an extension of your forearm directly locked into the center line of the grip. Your hand goes around and your finger will be along the flat. Myself I use three fingers to lock my shooting hand in. I find it is good for me to put my pointer finger on the front trigger guard. It is not absolutely necessary. Some people are more comfortable with all four fingers wrapped around. What you're doing is you are locking your shooting hand in position, making it very firm. Your thumb goes on top of your thumb so your support thumb and support hand wraps around your shooting hand. You are leaning forward, not back like I used to do when I was a little kid because the gun was too heavy, lean forward into it. You want to make what we call an isosceles triangle just like this, two arms of equal length, one shorter. Put your shooting arm straight from the shoulder out, bend your support arm down like you see here and then use a little bit of isometric tension. You've got some isometric tension pushing out from your shoulder and pulling back. Basically you are almost making your arm into a rifle stock. Don't forget to breath and you want to align your sights properly. We haven't talked about aligning sights. Your sights are aligned even, centered on the target. Take a deep breath, blow it out, your sights are aligned on the target and I find it is best to keep both eyes open. Take a half a breath, a half a breath in and hold it and squeeze smoothly through. The most important thing for accurate shooting is making that gun surprise you when it goes off. You keep your sights aligned, centered on the target and when it goes bang it surprises you. You are going to be a little more accurate with a revolver, cock the hammer back, it makes much shorter, much lighter, much easier trigger pull. Again breath, lean into it, bang.