Points of Interest




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 right track.


  • 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.

Trigger Control:

  • 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.

Follow Through:

  • 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:

This 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 of error.
  • Shot 9: Heeling; slack grip: anticipating.
  • 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:

  1. Intense concentration is channelled on to the alignment of sights and their in-focus relationship.
  2. No distraction is allowed from the aiming mark.
  3. The arc of movement in the aiming area is ignored.