Learn The Proper Way To Shoot A Pistol

The pistol is the most difficult of the three main firearms to learn. Rifles and shotguns are fired from the shoulder, which offers a more solid platform, while a pistol is fired with only your arms and wrists for support. Once you’ve decided on the pistol that’s appropriate for you, learning to shoot a pistol properly necessitates the development of a whole new skill set. Here are some pistol shooting techniques to get you on your way to shooting like a professional.

Safety should always be your first concern, whether you’re at home or the range. Keep your gun unloaded and securely stowed away in a protected gun case or safe when not in use.

Always observe the four firearm safety rules:

  • Keep your gun pointing in a safe direction at all times.

  • Always handle your firearm as though it were loaded.

  • Keep your finger away from the trigger until you’re ready to fire.

  • Be certain about your target and what is beyond it.

Gripping A Pistol

Grip your pistol with equal pressure with both hands and grip it firmly, 25% harder than you do currently. If you’re right-handed, grip your pistol tighter with your left hand than your right to compensate for hand strength. If you’re left-handed, reverse. Maintain as much strength as you can around the pistol, wrapping it in your hands so the gun cycles correctly, and you may pull the trigger with your strong hand.

Shooting Stance

A solid shooting posture is required for fast and accurate pistol shooting. A good handgun shooting posture will help you succeed in other areas, including sight alignment, trigger control, and recoil management.

The most common handgun stances are the Isosceles, Weaver, and Chapman. There is no such thing as the “best” position, and each of the three has benefits and drawbacks. Experiment with several postures to find the one that feels the most natural to you.

Front Sight

One of the most common errors that new shooters make is staring straight at their target rather than their front sight. If you want to fire with pure precision, you must align the front and back sights. The forward sight should be sharp, while the back sights should be a little hazy.

Wait until your sights are adjusted before pulling the trigger.

Recoil Anticipation

Recoil anticipation is a major source of confusion for many pistol shooters. This is one of the reasons why dry firing is necessary, as it helps develop muscle memory that may assist you in overcoming recoil anticipation. If you find yourself flinching in expectation of recoil, try pulling the trigger as if you were dry shooting and letting the gun do its job.

Dry shooting is completely safe in most cases and may significantly enhance your handgun accuracy. Bear in mind that the four gun safety regulations continue to apply during dry shooting. Therefore, after you’ve completed dry shooting your handgun, immediately return it to its pistol case. Dry shooting incidents occur when someone gets distracted, loads their weapon, then returns to “dry firing,” only to hear a loud boom. A handgun case may help you avoid preventable accidents.

Trigger Pulling

Despite the fact that trigger pull is one of the most crucial aspects of pistol shooting, it is often overlooked by both novice and expert shooters. If your sights are aligned, and your shot continues to drift to the left or right, an incorrect trigger pull could be at fault.

The majority of handgun experts recommend pressing the trigger with the middle of the pad on your fingertip and the first knuckle joint. This, however, will vary according to the size of your hand and fingers.


Take your time with your shot. Allow it to happen; allow your smooth, flowing action to come together with a solid grip, consistent follow-through, and considered mechanics. Slow and precise trumps hurried and inconsistent.

Benefits Of Getting A Shooting Instructors


As with most things in life, the more you practice, the more proficient you will become! Everyone benefits from practice, and working with gun training and training courses guarantees that you will have the opportunity to practice in a secure, comfortable learning environment, whether with a pistol you have handled before or one that is unfamiliar to you.

Create Good Habits:

Numerous gun training courses aim to improve your technique to the point where you can use your pistol safely and attentively in any circumstance – even tense ones. By developing beneficial habits, you guarantee that the skills acquired during firearms training are more practiced and that your pistol is safe to operate during these times.

Advice From An Expert:

Sometimes you just need the assistance of an expert, and firearms training is no exception. Simple changes to your form, posture, and even how you maintain your pistol may significantly impact your shot.

Train At Blackstone Shooting Sports!

Private firearms instruction is one of the most effective methods to continuously develop and achieve your goals. Everyone has something to learn in the realm of shooting sports, from novice shooters to seasoned firearm enthusiasts.

At Blackstone Shooting Sports, we provide personalized firearms training to individuals and small groups from our conveniently situated Charlotte location. We’re excited to work with you to help you feel safer, at ease and confident in your abilities. Visit our website to book your private or group training today!

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All ammunition will be shipped FedEx or UPS ground; no air freight allowed.
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We fundamentally believe you will be thrilled with the products you purchase from Blackstone Shooting Sports. That’s because we go out of our way to ensure we get you the exact products you need from the best brands in the industry. We understand, however, that sometimes a product may not be what you expected it to be. In that unlikely event, we invite you to review the following terms related to returning a product.

If you need to return an item or cancel an order, simply contact our Guest Support Team at 704-414-6020 or by emailing [email protected] (be sure to include your order #). Feel free to use the live chat function on our website for the fastest support. All inquires received during business hours are answered same day!

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Please allow 1-5 business days to credit back to your original form of payment.

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Due to safety and liability concerns, Blackstone does not accept any returns on ammunition that have exited the facility. All online ammunition sales are final.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on firearms. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with firearms previously purchased from Blackstone.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on knives. This is to ensure every knife purchase from Blackstone is 100% factory sharp, blemish free, and warrantied by the manufacturer. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with knives previously purchased from Blackstone.

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