Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box
From time to time I will take calls from shooters on our 800 line asking how they can become a better handgun shooter. These will always be shooters that have just gotten into shooting with a handgun for the first time. After three or four trips to the range, they are getting discouraged.
For most of us shooting a handgun is far more difficult than using a rifle. Holding a handgun with one or two hands is not very steady compared to a long gun. So how can we improve our accuracy with a handgun?
The first thing that any new shooter should consider would be grips. While many new handguns come with a good comfortable grip, they often times can be greatly improved with a set of custom grips that fit your hand better. And with so many after market grips available, it’s an easy matter to find one that fits your hand perfect.
Another thing to look at is the sights. Most of us can get by just fine with the factory sights that come on most handguns today. But for a lot of us, they could use some improvement. Again, we have so many after market sights available that it can be an easy matter to match up a set of custom sights that are far easier for our eyes to see and allow more precise sight alignment. After all, we can’t shoot any better than we can see.
The next thing I want to dwell upon is practice. Almost forty years ago, I decided to get more serious about shooting a handgun. Even though I had been shooting a pistol for several years, I had never gotten very serious about accuracy. I was getting a little discouraged, so one day I asked a good friend for some help. He had been a handgun shooter for many years as well as a former police officer from Chicago. His first words were “How much do you shoot?” I mentioned that I shot a lot. He repeated “How much do you shoot?” I told him that maybe every other weekend I would fire 50-100 rounds Naturally he laughed. John told me to start shooting 500-600 rounds EVERY weekend. Naturally this was mind boggling to me, but I decided to try it. John mentioned that it will come to you with enough practice. Every weekend I was firing 500-600 rounds and I kept this up for several months. John was right, it did come to me. I have more tips that I will share in a later blog article, but for now remember to practice, practice, practice.