5 Tips For Improving Accuracy
Jun 22nd 2021
It doesn’t matter how amazing your gun is if you can’t hit the target. That’s why accuracy training is such a vital component of handgun training. This is especially true of tactical training, where a stray bullet can mean a whole lot more than just missing your mark. To help you improve your accuracy, Six Maritime provides these training tips that you can use for practicing both on and off the range.
Improve Your Stance
The foundation of any good practice, a strong stance is vital for controlling your firearm and ensuring an accurate hit. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart and lean just slightly forward. Keep your grip tight on the firearm to help control recoil and avoid flinching or shifting your weight. Also, be aware of whether you’re shooting with one eye or both eyes open. Either can be beneficial depending on your training and goals.
Control Your Breathing
As you breathe in and out, your chest expands and contracts. This movement can cause your stance to alter slightly, which can result in your aim changing. To account for this, it’s best to practice controlled breathing. However, controlled doesn’t mean tense. It’s important to relax and take cues from your body. Many shooters find that shooting at the end of an exhale works best for them because breath intake can vary but the exhale will always come back to the same position.
Practice Dry Fire
Anticipating the recoil often equates to bad habits when shooting. Flinching even just a little in expectation can jerk your firearm out of alignment. To help break habits that have already formed or just to keep them from forming, it’s important to practice dry firing. If you’re not already familiar, dry firing is practicing without the use of live ammo. Just be sure to check your owner’s manual if an empty chamber is alright or if you’ll need a dummy round.
Develop Trigger Control
While you won’t experience recoil during dry fire training, it’s still a good time to work on trigger control. Pulling the trigger rapidly can reduce your control and cause accuracy to suffer. Instead, practice slowly pulling the trigger so it becomes muscle memory for the exact pressure required to fire. Slow and deliberate fire will help you develop a sense of control as your training progresses.
If you’re using a sight, make sure that it’s properly aligned. Ensure that the front sight is centered in the rear notch and that the same amount of light can be seen on either side. The top of the front sight and the top of the rear sight should be lined up level so that you don’t see one above the other. If you are practicing with more advanced sights or scopes, make sure to speak to one of our trainers for alignment tips.
Six Maritime offers tactical weapon training to help hone your skills in real-time. Contact us today to start working one-on-one with a trainer.