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How to Practice at the Gun Range

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Most of us understand that simply owning a firearm will not make us adept at using it. It takes consistent practice to achieve this status. However, once you get to the gun range you may be clueless as to what to do to improve your shooting skills. Not to worry, there are several drills that you can practice to begin the process of either developing your shooting skills or maintaining and improving them.

Low-Ready Drills

The most powerful shooting stance is one that employs the use of both hands. For this traditional drill, grip the gun with two hands and point it downward at a 45-degree angle. Raise the gun toward the target and take a shot. As you fire, push the gun forward as if you are precisely punching the target.

Reloading Drills

It’s rare that you will need to reload your gun, particularly in a self-defense situation. However, if you do, you will need to be able to do this with quickness and accuracy. Semi-automatics and small DA revolvers have become quite popular making the reload of these firearms an essential skill. Carry the reload where you would normally carry it on your person. When it’s time to reload, assume a low-ready position, slide the lock, eject the magazine, and quickly reload.

Hand Drills (Weak & Strong)

In a self-defense situation, you may not be able to use both hands. You may only have access to one hand, and it may be the weak one. Logically, the strong hand is usually the one used for writing and other tasks. Regardless, it’s a good idea to practice shooting with both hands, individually, to be prepared. Place the gun in one hand with your arm pointed down at a 45-degree angle, then raise your arm toward the target and deliver a shot. Practice this drill at least 10 times on each hand. This will help develop your shootings skills in both your strong and weak hand.

Practice makes better. The more time you spend at the range practicing your shooting drills the better you will get at both shooting and handling your firearm. Put in the work. Practice good form and utilize the drills to develop both your strong and weak hand.

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