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5 Tips to Enhance Your Pistol Aim

February 14, 2017
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1.) Slow Down

Everyone wants to shoot fast, but when shooting at a faster pace you will always sacrifice accuracy. If your target begins to look like it’s been blasted with a shotgun, the common-sense thing to do is slow down and take the time to realign your aim. Once you get the rhythm and accuracy of shooting slow, then you can start to pick up the pace.

2. Dry Fire

This is a very plain and simple tip. There is no substitute for dry-fire practice so it is extremely boring but does save on ammo.Before you begin any of the dry fire practice drills, please read:

  • Unload your gun. Look and feel to make sure the chamber is empty. All live ammunition should be in a different room.
  • Put up a target.
  • Once you are ready, Look and feel to make sure the chamber is unloaded again.
  • Proceed with your practice.

3. Trigger Control

Trigger Control is extremely important when shooting. To have true trigger control, we want to achieve what is called a “surprise break.” This break is described as placing equal and gradual pressure on the trigger until the hammer falls and it surprises you. When you fail to achieve a “surprise break” the round usually strikes somewhere other than the bullseye. Again, achieving a surprise break is critical; the trigger finger works and performs independently of the rest of your body.

4. Sight Alignment

Sight Alignment is the relationship between the front and rear sights with respect to the eye. The clear tip of the front sight post is centered both vertically and horizontally in the rear sight aperture.

  • To obtain sight alignment, you must realize that the human eye can only focus on one object at a time. This object, for shooting, is always the front sight post. Thus, if a proper focus is maintained on the front sight post, the aligning of the sight will require the shooter to place a clearly focused front sight in a slightly blurred rear sight aperture.

5. High Firm Pistol Grip

The grip of the weapon with the firing hand is accomplished by placing the web of the firing hand high on the pistol grip and wrapping all fingers except the trigger finger around the pistol grip of the weapon. The trigger finger lays alongside the lower receiver of the weapon unless upon a target with the intention of shooting.

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