Shooting tips and tricks for beginners

As a new shooter, you are better placed to learn shooting fundamentals. This is because you start on a new slate unlike an experienced person who has been shooting for sometime and may have some old baggage that may be difficult to rectify. Safety should be the first tip that you learn when handling a gun. Some of the basic safety rules of using the firearm include:

  • Ensuring that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction
  • Ensuring that you keep your fingers on the trigger only when ready to shoot
  • Always treating a gun as if it is loaded
  • Being sure on your target and everything else behind it

Tips for shooting

If you would like to learn how to shoot well, you need to practice and practice more. The shooting process is not difficult as all you need to do is align the sight with the target before pulling the trigger. However, sight alignment can be difficult as there are different muscle groups involved and when pulling the trigger, you can easily take your eyes off the target.

Eye dominance

A common misconception that people have is that if they are right handed, it is their right eye that is dominant. This does not have to be the case and you can end up getting frustrated when trying to line up the sights. If you are same side dominant, it will be easier for you to adjust to shooting.

Fire arm grip

It is important to grip the firearm properly if you are to have shot accuracy. Some of the recommended ways of gripping the gun properly include:

  • Holding the weapon using your dominant hand and pointed to the ground at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Ensuring that the web between the first finger and thumb are as high as possible on the firearm and low enough to enable your hand to get into contact with any moving part.
  • Fully extending your hand
  • Closing your eyes
  • Raising the gun
  • Opening eyes without raising the weapon

Trigger control

You need to be accurate with this skill. Avoid yanking down the trigger and instead squeeze it. A good trigger squeeze should be slow, smooth and even.