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Using a firearm doesn’t make you tough, and it’s not glamorous. Frankly, we’re appalled by movies and TV shows (except for 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, who appears to have been trained very well by an expert) that have not only criminals but also police using firearms like idiots — holding it next to their heads for effect (like going deaf?) or one-handed and sideways (can’t hit the side of a barn). All humor aside, you hope to never be in situation where you have to use a firearm. But if it happens, you should be prepared to do it properly to save your life or that of someone you love, or both.
Before we dive in, a few caveats: (1) Mechanics and technique are second to situational awareness and judgement. Just because you know how to hold and fire a handgun doesn’t mean you know when to use it and when not to; (2) never use a firearm to threaten anyone. It’s not meant to intimidate or injure. It’s an instrument of death and should only be drawn and aimed when the situation requires its use; (3) just because you read this article doesn’t mean you are trained. Take a safety course to get educated and practice regularly; (4) stay out of harm’s way if at all possible and contact law enforcement first. If you can’t, then employ the following techniques.
For the purposes of simplicity, our firearm of choice is a compact semi-automatic handgun, similar to a Glock 30 (.45 ACP), as opposed to a revolver. The Glock is an ambidextrous handgun since the safety is on the trigger.
The pistol-shooting fundamentals of breath control, trigger squeeze, and follow through are almost identical to those in rifle firing. There are, however, some important differences to remember.
- The first joint of the finger should take up trigger pressure, not the tip, as is often done with rifles.
- When a revolver is fired, powder flashing at the front of the cylinder can cause burns. Be sure to keep your fingers away from the front of the trigger area.
- The slide and hammer of a semi-automatic gun can deliver a bruising blow when held too close to the body. All handguns should be fired at arm’s length.
When using a handgun:
- Use a good holster with a safety strap.
- Draw a handgun only when you see game.
- Cock your gun only when ready to shoot.
- Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Body position and grip are vital to hitting the target. The hand position on the grip of a pistol is especially critical. Although the grip configuration of the revolver and semi-automatic are different, the gripping procedure is the same.
- Hold the handgun high on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows better repeat shots and more accurate shooting.
- Use a two-handed hold whenever possible, applying pressure from front to rear.
When hunting, use a tree trunk, steady limb, or other stable object as a rest. Placing some padding, such as a hat or a jacket, on top of a hard rest helps with your aim.
When firing a handgun How far should you hold it from the body?
Depends on what you are doing.
There are fast draw competitions that mimick the skills of high noon dueling (though shooting at non-human targets of course) where most of the really good shooters shoot from very close to the hip. Its all about speed between draw and fire.
It’s not so much about how far. You can fire from wherever you need to or the situation allows. One handed or two. However you won’t be as accurate as you could be with proper form.
For accurate bullseye shooting you should hold it at arms length. Generally you are in a 45-ish degree skewed stance and shooting one handed (ISSF rules) which really means arm + shoulder length.
When firing a handgun How far should you hold it from your body?
When a revolver is fired, powder flashing at the front of the cylinder can cause burns. Be sure to keep your fingers away from the front of the trigger area. The slide and hammer of a semi-automatic gun can deliver a bruising blow when held too close to the body. All handguns should be fired at arm’s length.
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What parts of your body should have protection whenever you shoot any firearm?
Always wear proper hearing and eye protection. With most rifle firing, you should consider wearing both earplugs and earmuffs. Eye protection should include protection at the side of the eyes.
How far are pistols accurate?
The standard test distance in many publications for most handguns is 25 yards. Short barrel handguns, typical of concealable guns, can be tested at shorter distances. Bullseye-type shooters prefer testing bullseye handguns at 50 yards.
1 Always assume a gun is loaded, and always have it pointed in a safe direction. If you’re at the range, which we highly recommend for practice and skills improvement, then that direction is always down range. Even if there is no magazine in the gun and the slide is pulled back, still treat it like it’s loaded; even when you set it down and it’s empty, point it down range, and always away from people (including yourself). The following steps should be performed in “dry fire” mode, meaning the gun is not loaded.
5 This two-handed grip will feel completely unnatural, much like holding a golf club for the first time. The key is to fill open spaces around the grip because the gun’s recoil moves everything toward the path of least resistance, and staying in control is the name of game. When you look down on the top of the gun while holding it properly, everything should fit together neatly, with each side nearly mirroring the other . If you still feel the urge to use one hand and shoot sideways like a character from The Wire, then put the gun down and walk away.
6 Assume a proper shooting position with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Don’t lock out your knees and don’t flex your leg muscles, but establish a grounded base with the lower half of your body. Square your shoulders and lean forward slightly with your torso. Draw the gun from your holster with your dominant hand and grip the gun according to the aforementioned method, keeping your trigger finger off the trigger and along the frame of the gun. Keep it in what’s called the ready position , holding the gun close to your body in front of your abdomen and pointed toward your target.