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Squeeze don't jerk!

3 Tips for shooting well

“Pulling the trigger” is the action the operator performs to discharge a firearm. While very simple in concept, it creates problems for most shooters, even experienced ones. "Pulling" may be the wrong word to describe what is to happen. “Press” the trigger may be more appropriate.

Let me give you the basics:

  • Hold the gun firmly with your proper grip (semi auto)

  • Grab high!

  • As much of the hands on the Gun

  • Thumbs forward out of the way of the slide

  • Align the sights on the target

  • Dominant Eye

  • Look at the front bead

  • bring the back sight to the front bead (ball in the cup)

  • Place the center of the first pad of your trigger finger on the trigger (maybe most important)

In my experience, a good trigger pull is one of, if not the most important aspect of shooting well.

Several things happen in the gun to cause it to fire. The part you control is pulling the trigger. If done correctly, nothing moves, not your hands or the sight picture and the pistol fires a round exactly where you intended.

However, if you move or twist before or at the instant you fire the gun, the shot will most probably head somewhere other than you want it.

Serious shooters spend many, many hours perfecting their trigger pulling. Top marksmen can pull the trigger so well they never move the gun out of alignment.

New shooters have a tendency to pull the trigger in an abrupt manner that can move the gun quickly out of alignment and cause the shot to miss.

The old adage of “aim and squeeze the trigger slowly” is a perfect place to start for the new shooter.

Bonus 4th tip!

  • Get out there and practice!

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