A handgun or pistol can be a very effective weapon. Not only does it allow you to fire accurately, but it gives you the ability to easily store or conceal it without anyone even being aware that you have a pistol. It is these kinds of things that make it a good reason why people love to have this is their preferred firearm.
Of course, firing a pistol may seem like it is easy, but that does not mean that you will be able to fire it accurately. There are several factors that play a role in how accurate you will be able to fire your pistol and this is why it is important to understand some techniques and tips that can assist you to hit your target dead center every time.
How to Hold a Pistol With Two Hands?
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced marksman, there are several advantages that come with holding your pistol with both hands. The most important of these is that it provides the greatest amount of stability, helping to improve your accuracy. When the need for the perfect shot matters most, it pays to do the kinds of things that help you to hit dead center every time.
To begin, you want to place your dominant hand around the grip of the pistol so that it is your index finger of your dominant hand that will be pulling on the trigger. No matter whether you decide to shoot with one hand or two, it is always important to use your dominant hand to hold the pistol as this gives you the greatest amount of stability and strength.
Once you have your fingers grip around the pistol grip and your thumb around the back end of the pistol, place your other hand over the top of your thumb and fingers around the pistol grip. This will ensure that you add that additional strength and stability that will help to keep your pistol aimed accurately at the target. The index finger of your other hand should be directly underneath the trigger housing loop.
What you will find is that holding your pistol in this way will not only provide greater stability, but enable you to be able to hold that position for a longer period of time. If you are in a situation where you need to continue to aim but are not ready to fire yet, holding a position for a long time can get taxing. Using a two-handed grip will help to allow you to accomplish this.
As an important safety tip, when using the two handed grip, do not place the thumb of your offhand around the back of the pistol creating a crisscross with your thoughts. This may seem like it is a good idea, but you are actually putting your thumb at risk of being injured when you fire the weapon. The hammer may hit against your thumb or catch a piece of your thumb in it, where you can get hurt.
How to Properly Hold a Pistol?
If you are deciding to go with a single hand to hold your pistol, there is nothing wrong with that. However, it does require you to have a steady hand to be able to shoot accurately each and every time.
The first thing to consider is safety. Always assume that your gun is loaded. This is true whether you are using a one-handed or two hand grip. Safety first!
Next, place your dominant hand around the grip of the pistol so that your thumb comes up along the side on the other side of the pistol. Your finger should comfortably fit around the trigger so that the center of your tip of your index finger is against the trigger itself.
You should feel your hand curve perfectly around the firearm. The grip should feel natural and comfortable. Always ensure that the webbing between your thumb and your index finger is far enough down the grip so that when the hammer cocks back it does not hit against that webbed area in your hand. This can cause a fairly serious burn or injury.
While the one handed grip is not ideal, there are some serious advantages to it. First off, it allows you to be able to position and fire your weapon much quicker. There is far less delay when you are not trying to position your other hand over the grip of the firearm to be able to position it to fire. When fractions of a second matter, that is important.
How to Aim a Pistol?
Most people assume that aiming and firing a pistol is really easy because they have washed far too many movies or television shows. It is true that it is fairly easy to fire. All you have to do is pointed in the direction you wanted to go, and pull the trigger. Easy peasy.
But that does not mean that you are going to get an accurate shot every time. You want to get the most out of your shot, especially in a life-threatening situation, and this is why it is important to learn how to aim your pistol to hit dead center each and every time.
The first thing to understand is that you are not going to be able to use both eyes to get an accurate shot. You want to aim your firearm and use your dominant eye as the choice to determine where you want to hit. You should hold the pistol so that it is aimed in the direction of where you want to shoot in a direct line from your dominant eye to the target.
On your pistol you are going to find that there is a front and rear site. Both of these sites should be directly in line with the target according to the way that things look through your dominant eye. The top of the front sight should be flush with the top of the back sight post. This is an important part of how you are holding the firearm. If you find that the top of one site is higher than the other then you are holding your weapon wrong.
Once you have your pistol perfectly positioned so that the top of each site is directly on the target, you are ready to fire. Before you do, make sure that you are concentrating the entire way so that you follow these steps. Understand that the slightest variation can cause you to miss, something you may not be able to afford to do.
You also want to breathe naturally. Firing a pistol can be stressful, especially if you are a beginner or are in a life-threatening situation. Breathing regularly and naturally will help you to prevent mistakes.