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How to Shoot A Handgun

Posted by Pistol Accents on 5/20/2014 to Tactical Firearms Training
You have a handgun. 

Congrats! You can now go shooting whenever you want. Now that you are a proud owner of a great firearm, you should now know how to shoot said firearm.

“But how hard can it be to shoot a gun? I mean idiots in movies do it all the time.”

This is what the average schmuck thinks when it comes to the finer points of shooting a gun. Yes, any idiot can pick a gun up, but that idiot probably doesn't know how to rack a round into the chamber or how to properly hold a gun for the best results. We are going to go over the points of shooting for the newly inducted shooter!

1. Know the different between a revolver and a pistol
You'd be surprised about the difference between these two platforms. The revolver is a reliable shooter that gives the shooter a lower amount of recoil and the ability to shoot some powerful rounds. A pistol has the ability to fire faster and hold more ammo, but it can jam, and have a little more recoil than the wheel gun.

2. Safety
Never put your finger on the trigger unless the gun is pointed down range or at a target you intend to shoot. This will decrease the chances of you firing a bullet by accident. You should always treat the gun as if it is loaded, even when you have made sure to drop the magazine out of it and eject the chambered round. Many people will accidentally shoot themselves or other people when they think they've emptied the gun. By treating the gun as if it is loaded all the time, you will never shoot something or someone accidentally because you will always think that the gun is loaded.

3. Firing
You should grip the gun with a firm grip, because if you don't do then the gun could jam or fly out of your hands. Hold the gun with a shoulder width stance, leaning forward slightly in order to compensate for the recoil, and make sure that you have racked the round into the chamber. You are now able to fire the gun. Once you have spent the rounds, eject the spent brass and rest the pistol looking down range.