09 Sep 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…
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.
IT JUST WORKS.
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.
Arthur DeMarcoPosted at 09:35h, 07 March
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 JorgensonPosted at 16:24h, 29 March
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.
Jeff - TacDyn InstructorPosted at 18:25h, 02 April
Sounds good! We offer a bunch of group classes as well as private instruction if you are interested. Check it out at https://tacdynamics.com/product-category/private-training/.
Allen MichaelPosted at 09:51h, 23 June
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.