Shooting Accurately Made Simple aka The Rule of 3

The main goal most shooters have is to shoot accurately. Companies related to the gun culture know and take advantage of this. There are hundreds of articles, videos, and blog posts written about shooting accurately every month.

I’m going to write the only one you’ll need to read to become a better pistol shooter.

Shooting accurately is all about 3s. It’s really quite easy once you accomplish the basics.

The first set of 3s deals with your lower body stance. Both feet should be flat on the ground, your knees should be slightly bent, and your hips should be able to move easily to switch between targets. That’s it. 3 things.

The next set deals with your upper body. No matter your stance 3 things will help your shooting accuracy tremendously. First your strong arm, that’s the arm of your trigger finger, should be SLIGHTLY bent at the elbow. Next your upper body should be leaning towards your target to mitigate recoil. Last your eyes should be focusing on your front sight and nothing else. For most people that last one is the hardest to accomplish.

Trigger control is the most important part of shooting accurately. Everything else involved can be atrocious but great trigger control can make up for it. Trigger control comes down to 3 things, big surprise. First you need a smooth trigger pull, that herky jerky stuff will have you shooting all over the place. Second is acquiring the front sight after the shot has been fired. Last is the trigger reset, you shouldn’t let your finger come off the trigger. If your finger comes off you’re more likely to jerk shots and it’ll hurt your shooting speed as well.

Drawing your gun can be broken down into 3 movements as well. First is the gun clearing the holster and being presented in the low ready position. Second is going from low ready to aiming at your target. Third is putting your finger on and pulling the trigger.

There’s a reason so many great shooters come from a karate/boxing background. The ability to control the entire body and accomplish the same movement over and over again is a skill that must be learned. A regular person can’t throw a sidekick like Bruce Lee or a right cross like Michael Moorer by accident. Just like a regular person can’t draw and fire like Mas Ayoob or Rob Pincus. These skills have to be practiced religiously. Great body control doesn’t depend on height or the amount you can bench press, but being in good shape will help you.

Get out there and practice these tips and let me know how it goes.

On a personal note, I just want to thank everyone for reading and sending emails. I’ve received a surprising amount considering this blog is still quite young. I hope every had a great holiday as well.

Let’s kick some ass in 2015.


3 thoughts on “Shooting Accurately Made Simple aka The Rule of 3

  1. Stan R. Mitchell

    Great tips. And great writing, as well.

    I was, however, a little disappointed that you didn’t cover the one-handed, Hollywood-style of shooting. (Weapon often tilted/angled. Bullets never off target. Reloading never necessary.)

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