TeeJaw Blog

Good Advice On The Proper Shooting Stance

Posted in Guns by TeeJaw on Friday, April 1, 2011, 9: 38 PM

Good advice here, read it carefully. This guy knows what he’s talking about. The proper grip is shown in the photo at left. Are your thumbs parallel, pointing at the target? They should be. I’m always amazed at how hard it is to get some people to do this. Their thumbs go wild, pointing all over the place. Bad form. If you look at every champion shooter, their thumbs will be as shown in the photo at left. That’s good enough reason for you to do the same, isn’t it? The grip should be with your fingers (except the trigger finger), not your thumbs. The thumbs and trigger finger should be fairly relaxed. Beyond that there is room for individual choice. I like to have my elbows close, both pointing at the ground. If you want your left elbow pointing at the guy next to you that’s your choice. Doesn’t work for me, though.

The two most important shooting fundamentals are sight alignment and trigger press. Sight alignment determines where the bullet will go, so that’s the more important of the two, right?   Wrong, trigger press is the more important. After you align the sights and focus on the front sight, it’s all about smooooooth trigger press. Don’t try to make the gun go bang. It will do that on its own. Instead apply increasing pressure on the trigger until it breaks. It should surprise you. That’s why they call it the surprise break. Don’t jerk your finger off the trigger as soon as you feel the gun recoil. Follow through by holding the trigger back briefly, then let it out only far enough to hear (and feel) the click when the trigger resets, then start your next pull. You don’t have to let the trigger return all the way for it to reset. That’s called trigger trap and reset. Very important that you master than little maneuver. Works great on Glocks and 1911s and many other brands of semi-autos as well. It won’t work on any revolver, nor any Kahr* semi-auto. Different type trigger on those.

OK, now practice it. Practice makes perfect, right? Wrong, perfect practice makes perfect. Lots of it. Remember what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to develop muscle memory so you’ll do it the right way without thinking. In a panic situation when things go bad in the night or on the street or in the dark forest wilderness you won’t have time to think. You will only have time to act. If your body knows what to do without you telling it, you just might survive.

The link to the website I provided above says it will be offering more advice. Looks good so far, and mastering good gun handling skills will boost your self confidence in the other parts of your life. I don’t claim to understand it, I just know it’s true.

*No criticism of Kahr pistols, they are fine little tools. They have a true double-action trigger pull which makes them about as safe from unintentional discharge as a gun can get. Of course, it’s the shooter that has to be safe, not the gun. After all, it’s a gun!

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