- As you grasp the weapon (see above), make sure your fingers are pulling straight back and not at an angle.
- Always be ready for the recoil of the gun, depending on its type but try not to anticipate it or your shots will be high.
- One hour of instruction makes a world of difference in your accuracy. You will learn how to practice correctly. This will allow you to improve rather than shooting hundreds of rounds with no improvement. This will tire you out and reduce your accuracy.
- If the gun you’re shooting has a lot of recoil, make sure the recoil doesn’t cause the gun to hit you in the face.
- It is important to practice regularly and consistently. “Dry fire” (unloaded weapon, triple-checked, ammunition in another room, aiming at a basement wall or backstop) can be an excellent practice technique. Snap caps (or dummy rounds) should be used when dry-firing a weapon to prevent damage. These are widely available but most are only good for a limited number of uses.
- On your first time shooting put on something to cover your ears and eyes.
- Proper safety is extremely important. You will find that the most experienced gun owners are very particular about gun safety. They know that gun handling habits that are 99% safe are a recipe for disaster.
- Clean your gun after you finish shooting. Never store it unless you have cleaned it completely, inside and out.
- Treat all weapons as if they are loaded, AT ALL TIMES.
- In most European countries and Canada, you need one or several licenses for the possession of firearms and ammunition.
- You may need a license to carry a handgun with you, either in the car, or on your person.
- The instructions in this article pertain to target shooting. Other types of shooting such as hunting and sport shooting require different techniques. If you are unfamiliar it is best to engage an instructor. Not knowing the proper techniques for a given situation will be unsatisfying and potentially dangerous.
- Handguns by their design are inherently dangerous. A handgun is ‘contained violence’ that you will control and discharge in a safe manner. Misuse of a handgun and careless use can result in property damage, injury to people and death. The misuse of a handgun has sent many people to jail for negligence. Be careful, be safe when using a handgun.
- Handguns are illegal for most civilians to possess in many countries. Examine the law carefully where you leave before following the steps outlined above.
- Most ammunition contain lead cores, a toxic heavy metal. Make sure to use bullets coated with copper to eliminate airborne lead when shooting. Always wash your hands after disassembling your handgun just to be safe.
Things You’ll Need
Safety conscious attitude
Earplugs or earmuffs