How to Shoot a Small Group With Your Pistol

How to Shoot a Small Group With Your Pistol

How To Shoot A Small Group With Your Pistol

Shrinkage… not a bad thing in this case.

Trust me folks… this is the way we teach shooters how to shoot a small group with their pistol. There are a ton of exercises out there on the internet that promise you instant results that will turn you in to a tacticool operator with little to no effort at all. We tend to prefer teaching stuff that is actually practical and needs to be worked on, such as clearing failures to extract. While there is some merit to these “operator” exercises, far too often shooters are distracted by the flash and sexiness of a drill and forget the most important thing…



Denis starting a brand new shooter off on the right foot. Align the sights and move the trigger without adding movement to the gun.


No plan survives first contact so naturally this also applies to your average range session. We all intend on heading to the range and

getting a good shooting”workout” in but more often than not we don’t dedicate ourselves to really working on the fundamental skills of shooting and we end up not performing as well as we want to. Or you get distracted and next thing you know you’ve shot out all your ammo without much improvement.


I’ve been guilty of this more times than I care to admit… I know you have done it too. (Don’t lie. We’re all friends here.) 


Over the years we have been teaching shooters in the law enforcement and civilian market this one simple exercise that has helped them gain control of their triggers and dramatically shrink down their group sizes. Check out this video below my partner Denis and I recorded to illustrate this. And yes, we have blogged about this before, but it is that important we decided to hit it up again.



The key here is to make sure that you don’t pin the trigger to the rear as the shot breaks. Reset while under recoil! This will help you avoid the dreaded trigger jerk and also help keep your sights on target.

The above picture should sum it up pretty well. Don’t waste time focusing on flinching or “heeling” or whatever…

It’s the trigger. Almost always the trigger.

Here’s another great video showing how this gets implemented further

Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on this drill! Make sure you try it out on your next range session.

Robert Curran

Rob is co-owner of Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training and is a USMC veteran and active Law Enforcement Officer. Rob is a Sig Sauer Master Rated Firearms Instructor and holds several other ratings from various institutions.

  • Arthur DeMarco
    Posted at 09:35h, 07 March Reply

    Thanks for the tip to avoid pinning the trigger to the rear as the shot goes off. As someone who doesn’t shoot a lot, that would be an easy mistake for me. With all the excitement of shooting and anticipation of the shot going off it’s easy to pull back the trigger really hard and pull your aim up. Thanks for the tips!

  • Jay Jorgenson
    Posted at 16:24h, 29 March Reply

    I liked that you shared this kind of exercise to improve shooting. My daughter wants to learn how to shoot, but I think that it would be better to take her to professional lessons so she can receive a proper education. Maybe when she finishes the course, I could customize her handgun so she can have her own.

  • Allen Michael
    Posted at 09:51h, 23 June Reply

    Cool content! Thanks for sharing these tips and tricks that help improve practicing gun shooting, whether in a small group or solo. These tricks to gain control of triggers are a lifesaver.

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