When shooting a firearm, it’s important to know how to properly hold a gun. Utilizing the correct gun-handling techniques helps you boost your accuracy and ensure that you’re safely handling your firearm. Here’s what you need to know about how to properly hold a gun.
Even if you’ve checked your firearm multiple times, you should always act as if it’s loaded. Point the gun in a direction where an accidental discharge were to occur, it won’t cause physical injuries and minimal property damage.
Keep your finger away from the trigger until you’re ready to point your gun and fire.
As you learn how to properly hold a gun, you’ll begin by positioning your dominant hand so that your index finger and thumb form a V-shape, allowing you to grip the back strap of the gun. This position helps you control the gun when it recoils.
Put the trigger finger of your dominant hand on the side of the gun outside of the trigger guard. Wrap your other three fingers around the gun’s grip. Place your other hand as high as you can on the grip and point your thumb forward.
When you’re holding the gun correctly, your hands should fit together like a puzzle.
Isometric tension provides better control and accuracy when it’s time to fire your gun. Push forward with your dominant hand while pulling back with your supporting hand. Your shooting hand should be more relaxed so that you smoothly and easily pull the trigger.
If your dominant hand is too tense, you’ll notice that it feels clunky to fire the gun.
When shooting a gun, your entire body plays an important role. You can use the isosceles triangle stance or the weaver stance.
With the isosceles triangle stance, you’ll stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slightly bend your knees. When you raise your firearm, you’ll notice that your hands form a triangle with your feet.
If you prefer to use the weaver stance, you’ll keep your feet shoulder-width apart, but your non-dominant foot will be in front of your dominant foot. Most of your weight will be on the non-dominant foot.
Try both stances to see which one feels more comfortable.
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