Handgun Training: 7 Critical Aspects of Pistol Shooting

Only a fool would purchase a gun and not learn how to shoot it. This can sound harsh but there is little point in owning a weapon of self defense if you’re not going to be able to confidently use it when necessary.

After all, you’ve probably seen the movies where you go to shoot and the safety is still on. In fact, the most common cause of gun accidents is lack of training.

To help you become a proficient shooter you should know these 7 aspects of pistol shooting:


There are several different types of stance, the decision as to which you use is personal but important.

Using the same stance every time will help to ensure you are stable and accurate when shooting.

You need to keep your feet squarely on the ground, body angles to the target and secure your non shooting arm. This will minimize sway; allowing you to hit the desired target.


You need to use the right scope for your weapon. Whether you’re using a 22lr scope for your rifle or one for your handgun; the right scope will help you to shoot on target.

Of course, it needs to be properly fitted and adjusted. Your front and rear sights must be properly aligned to each other.


The stance is important but your position will help you to face towards the target so that your gun is naturally sighting in the right direction.

You can practice this by standing facing a target with your eyes closed. Raise the gun into position and then open your eyes. It should be pointing at the center of the target, if it isn’t adjust your feet until it is.


You need a certain level of tension when holding a hand gun but not too much. Your grip should be tight enough to stop the gun from moving when you fire but if you hold it too tight your trigger finger may tremble and you may struggle to completely pull the trigger.

Your grip should also naturally bring your scope up to your eye level; allowing smooth and accurate shooting.


You might think it is very simple to pull a trigger on a gun. However, you need to use a stead pressure and squeeze the trigger gently. This will stop your gun from twitching when you fire.

Twitching equals missing the target. In fact, getting the pressure on the trigger right is one of the hardest things to master.

Mental Awareness

You need to be aware of your surroundings and the various factors that can affect your shooting abilities.

It’s a good idea to develop a routine that carries you through each of your shots. Your mind will then be dealing with all the necessary adjustments automatically helping you to get the perfect shot.


Finally it is also important to think about your breathing. You need to take long slow breaths to ensure you are relaxed; keeping you ready to shoot.

Most importantly don’t hold your breath when you shoot; this will decrease the oxygen in your blood and increase your trigger shake. Just keep breathing slowly and deeply.

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Wesley says April 21, 2018

A lot of people move on to early when they think they have the basics down. It’s very important to always practice these basics and have a solid foundation. Even when you think you’ve mastered them never stop practicing them. Good read!

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