You can improve your shooting ability by 50% without ever shooting a single bullet. Dry fire exercises are the easiest way to improve your handgun shooting ability, and the best part is that dry fire exercises are completely free.
Nothing improves your ability to accurately hit your target better than trigger time. However, shooting thousands of rounds per month can cost you thousands of dollars a year. This video demonstrates the Top 4 Dry Fire Exercises, also called dry fire drills, for improving both your accuracy and speed. Continue reading
Gunfights happen extremely fast…or so I’m told. Hopefully you never get into a gunfight with your concealed carry pistol, but if you do, it is unlikely that you will have enough time to obtain the proper sight picture, line the threat up inn your front sights, and then take a meticulously aimed shot.
The nature of concealed carry is that it is a “reactive” game. The criminal gets to choose the time and place of battle, you are stuck reacting to his action. That presents a serious problem where accuracy is concerned. Continue reading
Racking the slide back on a semi-automatic pistol is very easy. This article shows the 4 simple steps to racking the slide back so that anyone can do it.
I have always felt that the best concealed carry handguns for women are semi-automatic pistols. They are more easily concealed than revolvers and often hold more bullets than revolvers of the same size.
Many women think they are not strong enough to rack the slide back on a semi-automatic pistol and are often advised to buy revolvers instead of semi-automatic pistols. I explain why this is a bad idea in my new book.
I can understand the hesitation here because some semi-automatics are really difficult to rack the slide back. However, if you use the proper grip and body position it can be very easy. See the video below for the easy way to rack the slide back.
4 Steps to Racking the Slide Back
- Bring the pistol IN close to your body
This is done to maximize your mechanical leverage and ensure that you are not easily disarmed.
- Use an OVER hand grip on the slide
Most people incorrectly try to pinch the slide between their thumb and index finger. It is much easier if you use an over hand grip on the slide.
- PUSH the pistol with your strong hand.
Instead of trying to pull the slide back with your weak hand, you will find it much easier to PUSH the pistol forward with your strong hand while maintaining your over hand grip with your support hand.
- RELEASE your overhand grip
Once the slide gets to its end of travel you should immediately RELEASE your overhand grip and let the pistol’s inner spring force the slide back into battery. Do not make the mistake of “riding” the slide back into battery with your overhand grip. That cause pistol malfunctions.
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Saturday I took Combat Pistol 1 taught by 360 Tactical Training. The class featured defensive pistol shooting, combat reloads, pistol malfunction drills, shooting at multiple threats, shooting at steel targets, a hostage scenario shooting, and tons of other excellent training. I would Continue reading
Building an accurate shooter is like building a house. Everything starts with the foundation. Without a good foundation, your house is crap. Same thing goes with shooting, you have to work on your foundation. I’m talking about 1) overall fitness level, and 2) grip strength. If you are trying to become one of those responsible gun owners everyone is always talking about, then you need to start by working on these two factors. Continue reading
Part 1 covered proper pistol grip. Part 2 covered proper shooting stance and proper sight picture. Part 3 will cover how to properly pull the trigger. Most first time shooters find that they can’t get the bullet to impact on the point where they are aiming. Usually this is caused by anticipating the recoil, which is an imperceptible dipping of the gun just nano seconds before firing. This causes the barrel to point down before firing and the bullet misses low.
Sometimes a new shooter will over squeeze and move the barrel down and to the left (for right handers). These are both problems that are common to almost all first time shooters and the exercise in this video teaches you how to pull the trigger so that you do not incur either of these problems. The key is to hold the gun completely still before, during, and after you pull the trigger.
It was an error for me not to address the need to take up slack on your trigger before you actually pull the trigger. Each gun incorporates a tiny amount of slack into the trigger mechanism. Before you fire, you should take up this slack so that your trigger is resting against its front stop, then you actually begin the process of rolling the trigger back.
Once you can pull the trigger without moving the penny, you will be on your way to properly firing a pistol and you will have outgrown this beginner series. Soon I will be working on an intermediate series for defensive pistol shooting. In the mean time, go to your local gun range and ask where you can take a defensive pistol class.
This video series covers the very basics of pistol shooting and is meant for complete newbies to pistol shooting. Part 2 covers proper sight picture and proper shooting stance. There is a difference between shooting stance for target shooting and shooting stance for defensive pistol where your life is on the line. I have geared this series towards defensive pistol shooting and not target shooting.
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This video series is for people who are completely new to pistol shooting. I cover the very basics of pistol shooting. The rest is on you to go get some professional training. You can get a quick introduction to tactical firearm training by downloading my FREE eBook Defensive Pistol 101.
If you are going to be using your handgun to defend your life, then you need to do more than just watch a few videos on the internet. When I wanted to learn to shoot, I found some ex-special forces guys not more than 20 minutes from my home.
Everything in these videos is going to be geared towards shooting in a fight, and not target shooting or plinking. This video series is about the fundamentals of defensive pistol.
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