Pistol Shooting Tips

Pistol Shooting Accuracy = Feet + Elbows + Hands


Your goal is to have the same grip on your pistol every time, all the time.  This same grip every time gives you a base to work on your actual aim which tightens groups and keeps you on target. Most shooters do not focus on duplicating their grip and stance which will cause very inconsistent results. 

A: Feet. Both feet should be shoulder width apart and square with your hips. You can also use a “fighting stance” like in boxing or karate.  The important part is to have your weight forward on the balls of your feet and a good natural shoulder wide stance for balance.
B:  Elbows. Both elbows should be almost locked so your arms are pointing straight out. Muscles in your arms have poor memory, but locked elbows (not over extended) are always the same.
C: Two hand grip. Your left hand should be high on the pistol with both of your thumbs almost touching the slide. Place your left thumb forward so it is in front of your right thumb (see photo above). Both thumbs should be pointing at the target. As for grip pressure; about 40% with your right hand and 60% with your left. Your left hand is your steering hand; same as if you were pointing a rifle.

Shooting Low and Left?


The most common problem for new shooters or people who are using a new gun for the first time is “Low & Left”.  Do not adjust your sights, and take some time to work on your grip.  The factory sights are almost always dead on.  When you aim your pistol using a normal two hand hold, your natural muscle reflexes try to compensate.  This makes you hit low and left.

Solution: If you are right handed, rotate your right hand on the grip slightly to the left (clockwise).  Now point using a two hand hold as above. It will feel slightly odd at first, but it will be natural after a few shooting sessions. You will find your groups tighter and more accurate with just a bit of practice.

"One Two" Shooting Method

The One Two method is simple and it will give you an edge over other competition shooters.  It works well for both semi autos and revolvers.  Just going to the range and shooting thousands of rounds does not make you a good shooter. This method can help a rookie get reasonable scores and with practice the ONE TWO method will give you an advantage.

This also helps you to hold the pistol on target, or when the shakes start kicking in before you pull the trigger. 

Count out loud: ONE TWO.

Now do it again faster: ONE TWO.

And again real fast: ONE TWO.

Now point with your pistol using a normal 2 hand hold with both of your thumbs pointing in the same direction as the barrel.


With your pistol pointed below the target, bring it up slowly to the target. As soon as you are on target say "ONE". Now say "TWO" and pull the trigger at the same time. ONE = found target TWO = bang.

When you are bringing your pistol onto the target, this is hunt mode. Hunt mode can be from side to side or bottom to top. Start training with bottom to top as explained above. When you find your target say "ONE". When you say "TWO" pull the trigger.

One Two = Target Bang

Range Drills

  • Now shoot 10 rounds using the ONE TWO method nice and slow. Make sure to say out loud ONE TWO.
  • Now shoot 10 rounds using the ONE TWO method twice as fast. Make sure to say out loud ONE TWO.
  • Now shoot 10 rounds using the ONE TWO method as fast as you can say ONE TWO in your head.
  • Now shoot 2 more sets of 10 rounds using the ONE TWO method as fast as you can say ONE TWO in your head.

Next time you go to the range repeat these drills starting nice and slow.

In your mind you can say "one two" 10 times faster than out loud. With practice you can really speed this up to the point it is natural and you don't have to think about it much.

You can practice this drill indoors just pointing with your finger or unloaded gun, pointing toward a safe downrange.

For double taps go ONE TWO TWO

After a few hours on the range using the "ONE TWO" method, you will be shooting like a combat pro. You will be on target more often. Hitting cola cans at 50 feet is now easy. No more staggers, shakes or flinches. The "one two" method works good on moving targets also.

Why does the ONE TWO method work? It keeps you from thinking too much and removes indecision. Thinking too much and holding your aim on target too long causes the wiggles. Anticipating the recoil and bang causes fliches. Counting out loud ONE TWO gets your mind off the recoil and bang. After hours of training using ONE TWO, reflexes start taking over and you start shooting well.

Remember: Hunt mode then.... ONE TWO


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