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Basics of Marksmanship

Chasing Magazines

If your magazine (or gun or any other equipment) falls while you are shooting or reloading, let it fall. People tend to swing the gun

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Basics of Marksmanship

How to Clear & Make Safe Your Pistol

There are times when you must stop firing and clear the firearm. Clear & Make Safe is the action of unloading the firearm, confirming the magazine is out and there is no round in the chamber, and safely returning the firearm to the bench or the holster.

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Basics of Marksmanship

Setting Up Your Shooting Area

When you go to the range, it is important that you set up your shooting workspace to be safe and efficient. In these videos, Tatiana Whitlock walks you through the equipment so that you can be prepared for your practice session at the range.

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Ammo Basics

If you are heading to a Girl’s Night Out at the range, you will need to get full metal jacket (FMJ) rounds.

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How to Load a Pistol Magazine

New shooters can be frustrated when loading their pistol magazines. In this video Tatiana Whitlock offers some tips and techniques for how to easily insert ammo cartridges into a magazine.

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Avoid Peeking

Peeking at the target between shots delays your ability to quickly recover your sights and get your next shot on target. It also shifts your mental focus away from the task at hand (your fundamentals of grip, stance, trigger press, etc.) to the target, which can be assessed later.

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Trigger Control

Trigger control is the act of manipulating the trigger to fire the gun without disturbing your sight alignment. A pistol shooter may become frustrated if

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Shooting Steel: Safety Guidelines

Shooting steel is fun! You hear the “ping!” when you hit the target, and can often save you time and money from shοoting paper targets. However, shοoting steel can be dangerous if you use the wrong caliber or shοot at the wrong distance. Here are 6 guidelines to stay safe.

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Dry Fire Safety Rules

Dry Fire Practice can be a great way to improve your skills; however, you must exercise extreme caution when pulling the trigger in your home. It is critical that you follow these five dry-fire safety rules.

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Pistol Grips to Avoid

When a shooter has a poor grip on her pistol, she may experience a malfunction or difficulty achieving target accuracy. The grips shown are not

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Shooting With Your Support Hand

There are times, both in competition and self-defense, that you may need to shoot with your support hand. In competition, the course of fire may call for it or in a self-defense situation, you may not have use of your strong hand. Practicing shooting with your support hand is an important skill to develop.

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Clearing a Stoppage with Tap/Rack/Back

When a shooter, regardless of level of instruction, experiences a stoppage, you must go through our standard correction steps. They are simple and effective, and above all, the safest and fastest way to put the gun back in battery. Just as you know your firearm safety laws, you should know your rapid clearing steps and use them every time. The TAP-RACK-BACK drill, also known as the immediate action drill, is a simple process to effectively deal with a minor malfunction.

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How to Grip a Handgun

A proper grip helps better manage recoil and muzzle rise, and helps a shooter with accuracy, speed, and retention. The hands should be as high on the gun as possible. The handgun should fit in the hand to be straight like an extension of the shooter’s arm. The support hand’s fingers should wrapped around the front of the strong hand, so that all four fingers overlay the three lower fingers of the strong hand. While the strong hand squeezes the pistol with front-to-rear pressure, the support hand clamps pressure from the sides. This gives 360-degree pressure on the pistol providing a stable grip.

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Sight Alignment

In order for your shot to reach its intended location on a target, a shooter must have sight picture and alignment. Sight alignment is the symmetry between the front sight and rear sight. Your front sight should be in the exact center of the rear sight, at the same height of the rear sight. Remember the old adage: equal light, equal height.

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Gun Safety Rules

When manipulating a firearm, there are four universal safety rules that must ALWAYS be obeyed. When these four rules are followed, accidents can be minimized. Negligent discharges of a firearm can result in death or serious injury when these rules are not followed. Every shooter should know and be able to recite the 4 Rules of Gun Safety.

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How to Manage Recoil

Managing recoil is done with your entire body. A proper stance gives you a stable platform so that your gun can function. It is important to keep your weight forward on the balls of your feet. Even while standing practicing with static target shooting, your posture should be forward, aggressive, and ready to move.

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Proper Shooting Stance

The shooting stance is one of the fundamental components to making sure you have a good platform for operating a firearm. Having your body positioned

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Diagnostic Target

Getting help from a professional instructor is the best way to improve your shooting techniques, but sometimes a diagnostic target can be a useful tool.

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5 Basics of Accurate Shooting
Basics of Marksmanship

5 Basics of Accurate Shooting

When shooting a handgun, there are 5 basics of accurate shooting. These simple factors, when focused upon, will dramatically improve shooting accuracy.

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