Graphics Show 10 Things Not Everyone Thinks About When Shooting a Pistol

A recent slideshow posted to social media site Imgur showed a list of helpful tips and tricks t0o improve handgun marksmanship. Independent Journal Review broke down the slide show to basics, adding comments and explanations wherever necessary.

The military teaches fundamentals of marksmanship beginning with steady position, aiming, breath control, and trigger squeeze. The acronym BRAS (breathe, relax, aim, squeeze) is posted at training ranges.

But while steady position and breath control are fairly simple concepts, aiming can be quite a bit more complicated. Even the slightest deviation can lead to much greater variations in accuracy.

Proper pistol grip is an absolute MUST:

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Using both hands can be helpful:

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An improper grip can result in an injury known as “slide-bite” when the next round is chambered:

Much like chopsticks are made to function as “extensions of your fingers,” the pistol should line up as an extension of your arm:

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But placement of the trigger finger is important as well:

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Failure to center your trigger finger will pull your shot left or right:

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A pistol’s sight assembly generally looks like this:

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Although different makes are slightly variable in appearance:

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The target should be centered between the front and rear sights:

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Because small changes in the sights mean big changes on the target:

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And finally, make sure that your eye is always on the front sight – not the target:

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But above all – be safe:

You can view the graphics as a slideshow here:

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