It is ironic that the simple action of “pulling a trigger” is really not so simple. In fact firing a handgun properly can create problems even for the more experienced shooters. Firearm training is critical in knowing the basics of not only handling a gun but also how to shoot with one.
There are some basics that any gun owner should know and this can only come with training. Even if have not yet purchased your handgun and the necessary firearm accessories, many training courses can provide firearm rental from which you can learn how to properly handle a gun.
There a few basics that firearm training will teach you. Firstly you will learn how to properly grip your firearm. Next align your sight with the target. Then by placing your trigger finger on the trigger you press slowly without moving any other part of your body. Firing a handgun properly is all about control. To hit the target, you must make sure that nothing else moves but your trigger finger. If you flinch or jerk at the same moment you fire the gun, in most cases the shot will not go where you were targeting. Experienced shooters spend many hours working on trigger pulling. This is why it is important for new shooters to practice as it takes time to not pull the trigger in a sudden manner.
The other important aspect of properly firing a handgun is the stance. In an ideal shooting stance, arms should be extended but not locked and shoulders should be relaxed. Additionally the feet should be spread about 12 to 18 inches apart dependent on the height, weight and strength of the shooter. The torso should be slightly leaning forward with the shoulders just in front of the hips. Finally, your stance should be such that your weight is slightly forward to help offset the recoil of the gun. This will allow you to have better gun control and quickly recover from the recoil position back to the target. You should never allow a gun to push you off balance or force you to step backwards.
All these techniques are done with ease with the proper combat pistol training. Good training techniques allow you to offset the strain and stress relating to firing a weapon. At the end of any beginning training course, the new gun owner should be more capable and confident in handling and firing a handgun.