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How To Shoot A Glock | Shooting Tips



Since Glock's rank among the most widely used handguns of all time, learning to use them would significantly benefit you as a shooter.

Keep reading for a complete step-by-step guide, plus helpful tips on how to shoot a Glock correctly.

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How To Shoot a Glock Like a Pro | Complete Step-by-Step Guide + Tips

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Step 1: Load the Magazine Into the Glock

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Grab the empty magazine with your non-dominant hand, position the ammo with your dominant hand, then align the round with the top of the magazine.

Push the rounds down to the bottom of the magazine. Note that loading rounds might feel a bit more challenging as you reach the eighth and ninth bullets.

Next, grab the loaded magazine and insert it into the Glock. The tip of the bullets should point away from the body, and the magazine itself should jam all the way to the top.

To ensure that the magazine is locked securely, bump the bottom of the grip against your pal1m. However, you might not have time to perform this ritual during fast-paced emergencies.

Step 2: Cock the Gun Back

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Pull the chamber toward your body to cock one round. Once you let go, the bullet would have already cocked in place, so be careful. Do not point a loaded gun carelessly.

Pro Tip: Practice cocking your handgun as quickly as possible. Instead of pulling the chamber back with raw power, rely on speed and momentum.

Step 3: Get Ready to Fire the Glock

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Now that you have a loaded gun, prepare to fire the first round. Stand upright, position your feet shoulder-width apart, slightly bend the knees, and extend your arms away from your body.

Make sure that you have a stable footing. Otherwise, the recoil might end up pushing you out of balance.

Step 4: Pull the Trigger

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Take aim, then pull the trigger back toward the grip. For accurate shot placements, make sure to use just the right amount of force on the trigger.

  • Slapping the trigger or using too much force will cause the bullet to skew right.
  • Tight, tense fingers with little force will skew the shot to the left.
  • Breaking the wrist downward will cause your shot to land too low.
  • Pushing the gun forward might make the bullet land too high.

Step 5: Reload Your Magazine

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After going through your 10 to 12 rounds, take the empty magazine out, then reload. Make sure you have sufficient ammunition to last multiple rounds if you're going training or hunting.

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Actionable, Straightforward Glock Shooting Tips for Shooters of All Levels

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Learning how to shoot a Glock is one thing, but being able to fire it correctly is another. Getting the basics down does not automatically mean you can hit targets accurately

To ensure safe, productive shooting lessons, observe the following best practices:

  1. Eat and rest well before shooting day. Whether in an open field or shooting range, firing handguns requires you to be in peak physical condition. You cannot risk feeling dizzy or lightheaded in the middle of training. Not only will you land inaccurate shots, but you'll also jeopardize the safety of everyone around.
  2. Master the basics before exploring gun modifications. The modified guns that YouTubers feature might seem incredible, but we advise against haphazardly buying random add-ons. Remember: every modification should serve a specific function. Modifying your piece based purely on aesthetics yields negligible results.
  3. Prioritize dry firing over live firing at the shooting range. It's safe, effective, and practical. You can also dry fire your pistol any time you want since doing so doesn't require ammo.
  4. Always mind your breathing. While this tip might seem like a no-brainer, the number of newbies who land skewed shots simply because they forgot to control their breathing is quite alarming.
  5. Observe the proper shooting stance. Stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold the Glock with both hands, extend your arms in front of your body, slightly bend the knees, and keep your eyes locked forward. This stance is the standard shooting position.
  6. Hold the Glock properly. Firing pistols with just one hand might seem like a cool trick, but it's neither practical nor safe. Beginners should always hold their handguns properly with both hands.
  7. Wear prescription goggles or glasses. Poor eyesight will compromise your overall shooting accuracy and precision. If you haven't already had your eyes checked, now is a good time to do so.
  8. Familiarize yourself with the causes of the most common shooting mistakes. Squeezing the trigger too hard, pushing the wrist upward, and slapping the trigger will skew your shots.

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AGA How To Shoot a Glock

Check out this video by the National Shooting Sports Foundation where they demonstrate how to shoot a Glock, pull the trigger, and practice without using ammo:

Learning how to shoot a Glock is far easier than most beginners fear. This piece has a compact frame, minimized recoil, and a straightforward mechanism—making it one of the best guns for beginners. With the proper guidance, even newbies can start hitting hundred-yard targets after just a few hours.

For a more personalized approach, hire a firearm instructor. While online guides give you a decent starting point on shooting Glocks, you can only acquire the necessary technical skills through real-life practice. Trust us—using guns without prior training does more harm than good.


Do you have any more questions on how to shoot a Glock correctly? Post your queries in the comments section below, and we'll do our best to get back to you!

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