It’s important to have a good grip on your gun when shooting at the range. Your weapon must act as an extension of your hand and arm and be steady enough to aim properly. When shooting a gun, it’s important to take into consideration your balance, the recoil of the gun once you’ve made the shot, and also gripping the gun properly so you can pull the trigger in a safe manner. 

Think about when you point to a specific area, your finger is replaced by a gun and without proper grip and technique, you could end up shooting dangerously. It’s always recommended to use both hands when shooting a gun for safety, especially for self defense. However, it’s a good idea to get used to handling and firing your gun one-handed with both of your hands, no matter which is your dominant one. 

This is to ensure that you are trained in the event that you must shoot one-handed. As a result, it’s critical to get used to and proficient with a strong gun grip with both hands. Read on to find out more about how to safely handle a gun, improve your grip, and other information to improve your shooting.

Why does a proper grip matter?

Aside from the obvious reason of the safety of yourself and others through accidental firing, it is also extremely beneficial for you to know how to handle a gun properly. For example, if you’re attacked, it’s very likely that you probably don’t have the time or mental capacity to make awkward grip changes. When you take a hold of your gun, it should sit in your hand in the best position, ready to lift the gun, aim, and shoot. When you know how to properly hold and grip the gun, you can effectively defend yourself with accuracy and a steady hand.

It’s not just about how you hold the gun

How you grip the gun is important, but that’s not the only factor to take into consideration. Your stance when firing a gun is important because when it’s executed correctly, you’re easily able to manage the recoil and improve accuracy. Standing, kneeling, and prone position are all examples of stance, which is also known as platform. Your body is rooted to the ground, your weight is forward, and your eyes are on the front of the target. This may take some practise, but it will improve sighting and when paired with proper hand grip, will help you shoot more accurately in the safest manner possible.

How do I grip my gun properly?

Your hand should be high on the gun’s grip, with your web flesh pressed against the top of the grip. Once you’ve fired your gun, this will act as a good shock absorber. By looking down your arm, you can quickly determine whether you have the correct gun and arm alignment. It should be straight from the bottom of your gun to your elbow, and it should extend from the web between your thumb and index finger (otherwise known as your trigger finger). Your wrist should not have any roundness and should also align with your elbow and web flesh. Since your arm serves as a shock absorber, you will be able to better withstand the recoil, especially when paired with the right stance.

Your index finger should lie straight against the frame of the gun and remain there until you’re ready to fire your gun. Resting or even readying your finger in the trigger guard could easily cause misfires and put you as well as other people in danger. Making a habit of keeping your trigger finger flat and straight against the frame of the gun is the safest way to avoid this.

Practise makes perfect

Nobody can pick up a gun and fire perfectly the first time. In fact, it takes even the most accurate of shooters quite a few attempts to pick up, hold, stand properly, and fire a gun accurately. You can spend time practising this with an unloaded gun for safety, and once you’re confident your grip is optimal, you can head to the shooting range to practise getting used to your stance and the recoil.

Even the most experienced of shooters cannot shoot perfectly. There will always be something that’s causing you to move, whether it be slight movement of your body or trouble keeping your aim completely still. Remember to keep your gun lined up on the target with a nice solid grip and proper sight alignment. Keep it in that zone and squeeze the trigger carefully.