Want to Learn how too shoot a handgun the right way

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by cghamm117, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. cghamm117

    cghamm117 New Member

    Hi i am going into the criminal justice field. And i would like too get all my skills i can down and as sharp as they can be. First of all i dont even have a handgun yet but im running on a low budget. And do not have 150 to just spend on the NRA basic pistol class. The reason i ask this is because a lot of my cop friends and people i have also seen on this forum say it would be hard too unteach bad habits like at the academy and in my police training. So what are some things i should remember or does anyone know of any good videos any advise is helpful thank you all.
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Is there a shooting range in the area? Do you had a chance to go there and observe?

    Check out the shooters. See who is hitting the target the best and ask him or her if they would be willing to teach you.

    Check with the sheriff or city police and talk with the person who runs the armory.
    They may know of instructors or good shooters who would be willing to teach.

    Nothing is free, so you may want to consider offering to supply ammo.

    And most police academies would prefer new cadets to have no shooting experience than those who have bad habits. Good luck!

  3. ARnoob

    ARnoob New Member

    Youtube is a wonderful thing. There are a bunch of videos on proper handgun shooting techniques. Some are boring and others really well done. In addition to technique, you also have to go with what feels most comfortable to you.
  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    It is easier to teach someone with no experience than someone with bad habits. If you dont have the funds for proper instruction or another way to get instruction, then dont start shooting. The instructor would rather have a total newbie than someone that is poorly trained. I would concentrate on the safety aspects and learn proper safe handling along with standard range commands. How weapons function would be another good area.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011
  5. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

    And something Else that works, once You start shooting,
    Record yourself, and compare yours to other's videos. It's how I've been learning to correct when I err, Because I analyze again and again and again, what I did wrong:)
    Biggest thing to train on is finger placement, keep your triggerfinger outside the trigger guard.
    Most indoor ranges also have rental guns, so take one of your cop friends shooting:)
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    There are two entirely different schools of thought when it comes to the use of firearms. Shooting to live (fight shooting) and shooting in competition (sport shooting). Fight shooting is a zero defect action, sport shooting can bruise your ego.

    The shooter must choose to follow the correct discipline when strapping on a firearm. You have selected fight shooting (LEO) and your life depends on understanding the raw reality of this decision.

    The three most important items that you MUST accomplish are:
    1. Training
    2. Training
    3. Training

    And when it comes to training I like to remind my students of a quote from that famous philosopher, Yogi Berra; "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."

    This applies equally to all firearms, shooting and handling. If your mind isn’t into it, DON’T go to work, pick up and load a gun much less shoot it! Not only does your life depend on that decision but every living thing within range of your weapon will!

    Start saving your pennies and get some professional training. Just like JTJ stated, you have no bad habits to break! You are the ideal student in the hands of a competent instructor. Find one and use them to mold you into a survivor.

    Here are some suggestions for you to get started;
    And the final suggestion, do what you did with this thread.


    Good luck
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  7. Bello

    Bello New Member

    Something to get you started. Make sure you do this in a very safe and slow matter.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT96jxPBCqo]YouTube - Three Places For A Handgun[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyULpEhmug]YouTube - Pistol Malfunction Clearance[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ3uF9VIpRs]YouTube - INSTRUCTION SHOOTING TJ IN BLACKHAWK[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOExrxtKvio]YouTube - Blackhawk Tips with Todd Jarrett Setting Up on Target[/ame]
  8. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

    Bello, thanks for those thunder Ranch videos... Much appreciated.
  9. Bello

    Bello New Member

    No problem. :)
  10. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    You might also check with your local police or sheriff's department and see if they have an Explorer Program. Normally these are also sometimes affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Which speaking of scouting depending on your age. Some of those Scouting programs have marksmanship programs. Either way the LE Explorer programs that I am familiar with have a marksmanship program as part of their curriculum. If they do, this would be a start since their firearms training staff conducts that portion of the program. Obviously the Explorers do not have their own weapon in most cases for this part of the program. So the agencies provides the professional instruction and the weapons for the Explorers to use during that period of instruction.

  11. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

  12. oscar615

    oscar615 New Member

    This guy has a free video series on this page. Drawing, shooting videos start on page two or three of his articles. The articles are videos. May be helpful to some. I enjoyed them.

    Lee Laster | eHow.com

    His Bio:
    Lee Laster lives in Western Massachusetts & works in the public safety sector. He has been a state certified firearms instructor for the past 6 years. He is also co-founder of Upperhand Home Defense Options & Consultants, a civilian/law enforcement-based training company he & his partner started in 2006.