There are many factors involved in producing a good shot. The following tips
are very basic for precision shooting, and provided to get you on the
- Spread the hand and push the “V” as high as possible
into the back of the grip.
- The fingers between the first and second joints should be along
the front of the grip. Thumb and finger tips relaxed.
- Trigger finger should be clear of the grip as much as possible.
- The trigger should be pulled straight back, with the pressure on
the first half of the pad of the finger.
- The feet should be shoulder width apart and parallel.
- The non shooting arm should be secured close to the body.
- Stance should be straight with the head held upright.
- The elbow and wrist of the shooting arm should be straight.
- Eyes in line with the sights.
- Hold in the white area below the black.
- Focus on the front sight only.
As the firearm is lifted to the target, take in a slightly
more than average breath. As the sights steady in the white aiming
area release a little of the breath and hold until the shot breaks.
- Start to apply trigger pressure as soon as the sights come
into the white aiming area of the target.
- The trigger finger continues to apply steady pressure while the
shooter concentrates on the sight picture. Wait for the shot to break.
- If the shot does not break within eight to ten seconds, lower the
pistol, relax and breathe, then try again.
- As the shot breaks, continue to focus on the sight picture for a
couple of seconds.
- After recoil the sights will return to the position held before
the release of the shot, hold this sight picture one or two seconds
before lowering the handgun.
- If you were watching the sights when the shot broke, you should
be able to “call the shot”.
Possible Guide To What You May Be Doing Wrong:
diagram represents a pistol target for a right-handed shooter. For left
handed shooters, reverse. Please remember that for shot analysis to
be meaningful, you must be grouping your shots to some extent. These
pointers are only in relation to your flyers. By finding out why you
have an occasional flyer, and by learning more about shooting technique,
you can eliminate these problems.
- Shots 1-4:
Angular Errors: These cause the
maximum amount of error, and when related to another control factor
fault, lead to every major error imaginable. Simply put, the sights
are out of alignment with each other, even though they may be correctly
positioned in the aiming area.
- Shots 5-8:
Parallel Errors: These occur when the in-focus sight
relationship and alignment is absolutely correct; but, the shot is
released when the point of area aim is incorrect on the target. These
“High”, “Low”, “Left” and “Right”
errors usually place the shot in the black and cause the least amount
- Shot 9: Heeling; slack
- Shot 10: Trigger pushing.
- Shot 11: Pulling on
trigger, snatching, anticipating.
- Shot 12: Snatching,
pushing down on trigger, too much little finger and/or thumb.
Octant Error Analysis (anywhere within the "pie" slice identified
by a letter)
A - Breaking Wrist Up.
B - Heeling: Anticipating Recoil.
C - Thumbing.
D – Tightening Grip while Pulling up on Trigger.
E - Breaking Wrist Down or Drooping Head.
F - Jerking (F1) or Tightening Fingers (F2).
G - Trigger Finger not placed Correctly on trigger.
H - Pushing: Anticipating Recoil.
Remember, it is impossible to shoot correctly unless:
- Intense concentration is channelled on to the alignment of sights
and their in-focus relationship.
- No distraction is allowed from the aiming mark.
- The arc of movement in the aiming area is ignored.