good, but i want to be better

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jjfuller1, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 Active Member

    i have been around firearms (pistols and rifles) since a very young age. i can be an excellant rifle shooter when i put my mind to it,. but on a day to day basis im probably average. however, even though i was always around pistols i didnt use them near as much. now i am older i want to make it a more even time spent between the two. now to my point. im an okay pistol shooter. i generally at least hit the paper. but i want to be more of a 10 ring group kinda of guy. and i am looking for knowledge. so what would be some good books for me to read up on? and what are some good tips, techniques i can employ in my pistol shooting that are different from my rifle techniques i already try to incorperate?
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    Dry fire and live fire with a 22lr. Shooting 22s really helps due to the ammount you can shoot for the money. Gives you more practice with fundamentals.

    Join a pistol/rifle club is another good way.

  3. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    Correct stance, grip, and trigger control. You can search stances online and try them. It will be obvious what works best. The other 2 take time. I changed my stance about 6 years ago, made a world of difference.
  4. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

    I learned the basics and advanced skills in the military. Great way to serve your country and get "free" shooting lessons!
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Dry fire almost any centerfire firearm, but not the .22lr firearms.
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    There are some good articles on the web. One I can think of is "How To Shoot a Pistol" by Massad Ayoob. He has some good basic pointers. It is in a PDF Form so you can download it or print it out. There are other good ones like some by Jerry Miculek. And as stated by the others, once you get the basics down solid it is simply range time from there on.
    And dry fire drills with the use of snap caps when available or empty casings.

  7. WDB

    WDB New Member

    More details would be helpful, what distance are you shooting at? What pistol (semi auto, wheel gun)? What caliber and what is the intent (traget, HD, CC). With the information given practice is the key, dry and live fire. Grip and stance has much to do with where the rounds go, muscle memory is something to work (practice, practice and some more practice) if it's HD or CC.
  8. AOK

    AOK New Member

    If you want to hit what your aiming at it's all about fundamentals and becoming very good at them. Trigger control and sight alignment. Your grip and stance have nothing to do with how accurate of a shot you are UNLESS you are shooting in a rapid manner. If you want a great place to start get the dvd "Shooting Missology" by James Yeager. If you listen and practice what you learn in the video you will become a good shot and start blowing out the bullseyes.
  9. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

    I'm liking joining the rifle/pistol/shotgun shooting club thing. So far the rifle club / competiton thing has worked for me. Also the training and or clinics that can be offered through the clubs. When it comes to things like golf, shooting, skiing, etc.. I have to have hands on and live instruction and mentoring for it to do a guy like me any good. Reading or watching how it's done is useless for me. Then when you are taught the large and little things that make you better at any endevour of shooting theres the practice, practrice, practice.

    Kind of like golf, higher shooting skills have a shelf life. Meaning you have to constantly keep honing your skills by doing it to keep on top of your game.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
  10. freefall

    freefall New Member

    You need to shoot a pistol pretty regularly to keep your skills up. Dry fire helps. We used to use these Speer plastic cartridges powered just by a primer. You're using your real gun, firing a projectile, but it does shoot low because of no recoil. We also fired 3-12 rounds just about every day live fire. You can't believe how much you can improve after a couple of months. ps At the time we lived in the Alaska boonies.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Check out a couple of ranges in your area.
    You will find a couple of elderly gentlemen that will be glad to assist.

    The key is to watch how they shoot. They have four steps:
    Sight Alignment
    Breath control
    Trigger Control
    Follow through

    Sight Alignment: Nobody holds a firearm steady. I try to teach people to do a sideways "8", and keep it as small as possible, having the cross bar over the intended point of impact.

    Breath control: same as the rifle

    Sight alignment: same as rifle

    Follow through: Tricky part. Just like the rifle that settles down after the shot is fired, so should the handgun. Too many people pull the trigger and then rapidly release the trigger after the shot is fired. Try that with an empty handgun and you will see the barrel move sideways. Continue to pull the trigger through after the shot is released and the handgun settles down, then release the trigger.

    Stance: I shoot a modified Weaver. 45 degrees with the non-dominant side foot forward. I have a bad back and twisting the upper body to match the target gets me too tense and affects my shooting. Using the regular stance, close your eyes and raise the handgun to where you think the target is at. If you are to one side, adjust your feet as needed and repeat.

    I hope this helps. Good Shooting!
  12. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 Active Member

    ok thanks for all the input. cant wait to go get my guns dirty again