Shooting accuracy with handguns is not nearly as effortless and precise as it looks on movies and television. Marksmanship with a handgun is a skill that requires a lot of training and involves numerous variables from the size and weight of the gun to the grip and stance assumed while shooting. Improving handgun shooting accuracy requires factoring in a range of personal shooting techniques and considering elements related to the particular handgun and ammunition you are using. Firing stance, grip, and reaction to recoil are some of biggest influences on handgun accuracy, so it is important to take an all inclusive look at technique when evaluating your shooting accuracy and ways to improve.
Technique and Accuracy
Handguns are powerful weapons and demand ongoing training to operate safely and fire accurately. Accuracy in shooting is a skill like any other and proper technique is essential to developing the skill correctly and seeing results. Making sure to adopt the proper stance when aiming and shooting a gun is important to comfort, safety, and accuracy. Grip on the gun is also important since the manner in which you hold the gun and apply pressure to the trigger will, in part, affect the trajectory of the shot. To improve sight alignment and trigger control without wasting expensive training ammunition practice dry-firing. Dry firing can be practiced for hours and is a great way to develop the most fundamental skills that will help you become a proficient firearm user.
Controlling reaction to recoil is also an important part of technique in shooting. Handgun recoil varies from size of gun and caliber of round, but all guns have it. Anticipation of recoil can cause a startled reaction that affects the trajectory of the shot. Ongoing training and selecting the right type of handgun for your body type and skill can address this problem and help improve accuracy.
The type of handgun you fire will also have an impact on accuracy of the shot. Training with the gun extensively will improve accuracy, and if you are transitioning to a new gun, you will need to adjust to the new handling. The impact on accuracy when shooting also comes down to height, weight, and the size and caliber of gun. This will affect the recoil reaction of the shooter and, therefore, the accuracy of each shot. Lighter handguns often have less accuracy and heavier guns may prove more stable when firing. Of course, a smaller framed person firing a heavy, higher caliber handgun may have the accuracy strongly affected by the power of the recoil.
When working on improving the accuracy of your shot, be sure to factor in the model of handgun and caliber you are practicing with, as well as your individual shooting technique with the particular gun. You will likely have to adapt your technique to the specific gun–adjusting for weight and recoil in the shot. There are, of course, numerous other factors involved in shooting accuracy–such as outdoor conditions and gun condition–but shooting technique and type of gun are two of the most immediate factors.