Today I headed out to the range with Jason. Jason attended one of our Concealed Weapons Permit Courses in Tampa. He has been shooting a few times and is extremely competent in firearm safety. What he needed help with was improving his accuracy.
Jason brought a Walther PPS 9mm and a Smith & Wesson BodyGuard .380 ACP. I gave Jason a few basic tips and asked him to fire two mags down range so I could watch him.
Mistake #1 - Jerking the Trigger
What I noticed is that Jason has a tendency to jerk the trigger, this causes the round to impact randomly on the target. This is pretty common with newer shooters. Remember we want to pull the trigger slowly and smoothly to the rear until the trigger breaks. I also recommended that Jason practice taking up the slack in his trigger then aligning his sights and finally pulling slightly until the round discharges. Taking up the slack refers to pulling the trigger until you can feel resistance, this is usually half way. By doing this you're reducing the distance that you must pull the trigger for each shot, therefore reducing the possibility of pulling the sights off target.
Mistake #2 - Lowering the Gun Between Shots
After every shot Jason likes to lower the firearm, losing sight picture, to see where his round impacted. This is never something we want to do. When I'm shooting my goal is to pull the trigger, allow the recoil to push the firearm up and then fall right back on target. This allows me to make very quick follow-up shots and maintain a high level of accuracy.
Mistake #3 - Closing One Eye
I didn't realize Jason was doing this until I reviewed the footage from our time together. Its natural for people to try to close one eye when shooting. However, by doing this, you're losing 50% of your vision and I a self-defense situation I need every advantage I can get. I know it can be a little hard to get used to but you need to push through to develop your eye's ability to focus.
Jason did a great job and by the end of the day he was shooting much tighter groups then he started out with. I recommended that Jason practice dry firing his pistol at home to really learn how to pull the trigger smoothly instead of jerking it. I also recommended that Jason purchase some type of in-home laser training system that will allow him to practice his sight alignment and sight picture in the comfort of his home. The system that I own and love is made by LaserLyte, its called the Laser Can Kit. It includes a laser pistol and reactive can that falls over when shot.
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