Do you know those movies where the shooter empties an entire magazine just to hit the target? This
technique is called shoot and pray and is practiced by shooters who have no idea how to aim. Even
more, this technique doesn’t work when you’re hunting or when you’re trying to fend off an aggressive
attacker. Actually, I don’t think it ever works anywhere else besides the movies!
Accuracy is one of the elements that matter the most if you want to be a good shooter, and you should
master the technique without any help from accessories. Scopes and lasers are great for a beginner but
there may come a time when you have to use just the sights to get the shot.
Also, you have to know that each gun is unique and you need to get some practice time with any new
acquisition before using it for actual shooting. Accuracy is a fine art and requires some tuning that
involves the weight of the gun, the length of the barrel, and other factors we’ll discuss below.
So, if you want to be a better shooter and improve your accuracy without spending a lot of money on
various training facilities, I recommend trying the four practice tips and drills below. They are effective
for both beginners and advanced shooters and you can use them for learning or skill sharpening.
Dry Fire Practice
I know many shooters who hate dry fire practice but it is the best way to get used to the gun and check
its trigger pressure. Dry fire is when you play with the gun without having any ammo in it, and it’s a
fantastic way to get used to the weight and learn how to press (not pull) the trigger.
Trigger pull is a mistake most beginners make, and this leads to the gun’s position to change when
you fire. Of course, the result will be a less-than-accurate shot and you will get frustrated. You should
also know that handguns are the trickiest to master even though you have the best possible gun in the
Dry fire practice does just that – teaches you how to press the trigger without moving the gun from its
initial position. There are a few drills you can try, but you must be consistent with your practice. The
cool thing is that you can train at home (since you won’t do any actual shooting). Still, before you start
your training practice, make sure the gun isn’t loaded!
Learn To Use the Sights
The sights are the bumps on the rear and front placed on the top of your barrel that can guide you
through the accurate shot. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the rear sights are split in the middle and
the front sight is slightly more pronounced. This is to help you focus on the front sight, while watching
through the rear sights.
So, when you shoot a gun, first you must make sure that both the front and the rear sights are leveled.
The front sight must be in the center of the rear sights and must be aligned with the center of the target.
When you achieve this, using the correct trigger pressure and the correct stance, you will manage to
take an accurate shot.
Find Alternative Ways to Train
You must understand that there is a huge difference between shooting at a fixed target and shooting
under pressure, with adrenaline rushing through your veins. That’s why you must find ways to train for
an unexpected shooting. After all, you must learn how to be accurate as soon as you draw the gun from
One way to introduce the unexpected in your training is by playing airsoft. While it’s true that you won’t
be shooting with live ammo, you will be using an airsoft weapon, and these are quite realistic these
days. The latest models showcased on Goog Gun feel very well in your hand and feature the right weight
and design; just like a real firearm.
Also, you will be shooting using BBs, but the accuracy techniques are the same so you won’t be losing
any skills during this type of training.
Find New Drills
It’s important to keep things fresh and test your muscle memory with every chance you get. That’s why I
recommend that every few months you should look for new drills to try. There are lots of exercises
described online and you can always ask your shooting range instructor for more. It’s also a good way to
get in touch with experts or other people at the shooting range.
Still, as you improve your accuracy, you must also focus on other aspects that make a good shooter such
as gun safety. After all, being a responsible gun owner implies more than just shooting accurately.