4 Training Tips For Becoming A Better Shot
1.Gaining a Sight Picture
So, a difference between shooting on the range and shooting in a real life is that when you’re on the range, you will typically squint and close the non-dominant eye.
For a right-handed shooter, you’ll keep the right eye open and close the left eye. They will gain the sight picture, rear, and front sights. Focus on the front sight, and then have your slope trigger pull through to the rear.
In a “time is life” situation, where you have a huge adrenaline dump, it’s pretty much impossible to be squinting one eye.
Your nostrils are flared, sucking as much oxygen as you can get. Your hands are going to get tingly; because your body is diverting all the blood to the major organs. You’re going to lose fine motor sensory functions. And your heart is going to race out of your chest.
So, how do we compensate for that lack of training? Well, you need to practice keeping both eyes open.
So, when I pull my gun, raise it and press out. I see the rear sight and front sight. Keeping both eyes open, my dominant eye (my right eye) will take priority, and I will start to see the front sight very clearly.
But, I have both eyes open. Believing that you’re going to have one eye closed—pulling some type of Jack-Sparrow-pirate trick under a“time is life”situation—is a falsehood. It’s not going to happen.
So, training with both eyes open will help you mimic what’s going to happen in reality.
I have to pull my weapon.
I press it forward with both eyes are open—my dominant eye is catching the rear sight but focusing on the front sight.
I can still see on this (left) eye; it’s wide open. I don’t have it closed.
Why is that important?
Because now I’m able to utilize my peripheral vision for any type of threat that maybe just outside here, which I would not be able to see if I have that (left) eye squinted or closed.
So, I’m focusing on the front sight. I’m looking through the rear sight. (I’m) focusing on the front sight while slowly pulling the trigger to the rear. (Fires the gun)
(I’m) waiting for the reset.
Pull it again. (Fires the gun)
My shots were right on top of each other. Both eyes were opened. Practice that next time you go to a range. Look through the rear sight and focus on the front sight. Keep both eyes open. I promise you, your dominant eye will take over.
2. Learning to Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
So, for you right-handed shooters out there, when you put that gun in your left hand (your non-dominant hand) and use the firm firing grip, you’re focused on the front sight and looking through the rear sight, right?
You need to use your “non-dominant eye.” Imagine, maybe in a right-handed shooter I’m using my non-dominant hand.
And now I need to use my dominant eye. Just look where my chin is positioned.
My left eye is not playing any part on this and is actually causing me some problems; because I’m trying to focus at an abnormal position.
With the both-eyes-open technique, you are able to use a non-dominant eye. But, because there’s an object in front of it, it will focus on it. Just like your dominant eye will focus on an object in front of it. That’s the way the human body is built.
There is no black magic involved in this. There is no super-secret-3-step process to this. Press out, both eyes open, look through the rear sight, and focus on the front sight—it will focus up.
Now, pull the trigger through the rear.
3. Right-Handed Shot Chart
What you see here is a right-handed shooter diagram, (which gives) possible reasons why your bullet is not going directly at the center.
I’ve talked to you about low left right? As you can see here…
If your shots are going through this part of the circle (low-left) you’re squeezing fingers while pulling the trigger
What does that mean? The thumb and the forefinger have to pull and push together in other for us to pull the trigger, right?
What happens is your thumb tip and your fingertip is trying to touch.
They’re not touching, but they’re “trying” to touch. See, my gun is even doing a left jerk. And because I have the gun pointed forward, it will cause it to go low left.
Alright now, a lot of low shots I see are because of improper hand placement while holding the gun.
So, you see here I’m “breaking the wrist down”.
When I hold the gun, I have this void here that my firing hand is leaving.
So, I take the palm of my hand and place it firmly.
I’m pushing it against the side of this hand grip.
Okay. So, I’m causing a clamshell to take effect.
Now, there’s no great wild magic trick to how much pressure one hand should have over the other—not 70, 30, 58, and whatever. It’s equal. Just push them together. Lay your thumbs forward and that gives you an equal grip.
(When I say) equal, it means both sides.
Now, breaking the wrist…
What happens here is we anticipate the shot a lot; so we know that the gun is going to go bang. And we kind of (vertically tilt the gun in every shot).
Okay, the gun dips. So, in order not to break the wrists, try not to anticipate the shot. Let it be a surprise every time it goes off.
Now, the shot is going straight up.
You don’t see this very often—this “cup and saucer” technique. This has been around for a long time. Those revolver guys used to do it. You’ve seen it in the old Starskyand Hutch movies, right?
So, you put your hand underneath, on the magazine. And now we only have a firm grip on the right side.
What happens is that when we shoot, the muzzle jumps, right?
I’m not able to keep the muzzle down and on my target because it doesn’t have equal pressure on both sides and it doesn’t have my wrist locked into place. I’m not providing that clamshell with equal grip on either side.
Now, far left, there’s “too little or too much trigger finger.”
That’s depended upon you—however big your fingers are or however small your fingers are.
If you’re going left, you got too much or too little. You just need to fix that. And only someone standing over your shoulder who knows what they’re doing can help you adjust that. I can’t do that through this medium here, alright?
So, here are some of the common things I see out on the range or what guys ask me: “Why I am not hitting the middle of the target?”
4. Quarter Drill
Here’s a little training technique you can practice almost anywhere…
Make sure your gun is unloaded. (I know it’s unloaded now.)
Place a quarter near the front sight.
Press out with your grip. We are going to dry fire the gun.
The point is the be able to fire without letting the quarter slip off.
Now what happens when you’re shooting low is that right before the shot you’re dropping the front of the muzzle.
Can you see that quarter fell off right?
You can do this at home. This is a dry fire drill and, by the way, dry firing does not hurt your gun. This Glock 19 of mine has got over 75 hundred rounds.
I’ve probably dry fired it over 3,000 times; it doesn’t hurt the gun.
Utilize that quarter drill to see if you’re utilizing proper trigger control and grip.