There are different shooting techniques a shooter can use depending on his or her preference or what he is accustomed to. It is always best to use a solid two-handed grip for it offers a better chance of success.
Shooting Techniques: The Art of One Hand Shooting
But in the event that we need to shoot using only one hand probably because the other hand has an injury or holding a flashlight, it would be an advantage if we have the necessary skills. Yes, it can be a bit difficult to shoot with one hand. However, with practice you can get the hang of it. Below are three of techniques in shooting one-handed.
1. Straight-arm or Vertical Method
Straight-arm technique is the most basic position in one hand shooting. You simply draw the pistol with one hand then push the pistol straight out with the weapon aligned vertically locking the elbow and arm. Then pull the trigger smoothly. This type of position resembles natural shooting or point shooting where the shooter can feel more stability and the gun cycle is in a more predictable path.
2. Canted Method
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Some shooters find it a bit bizarre using the canted technique but this method can make other people gain more luck than standard, straight arm. You have to draw the handgun with one hand then push the pistol straight out locking the arm at the elbow. Cant the pistol to a 45-degree angle then align it to the corresponding eye, so if you’re using the right-hand align it with the right eye. Then pull the trigger smoothly. Unorthodox as it may seem but with practice, you can get the hang of it, just avoid over canting the gun like “gangsta style” because it will not work well.
3. Bent Elbow Method
Bent elbow technique is a modified version of the bent elbow two-handed shooting method. First, draw the pistol and keep it vertical then bend your elbow on the draw and keep your arm tight into your body. Also, keep your elbow down and locked. Bring the pistol up to eye-level then smoothly pull the trigger. By keeping the elbow locked and down, this can immobilize the gun so it doesn’t move from recoil and you can use more bone than muscle to hold the pistol.
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Shooting a pistol using only one hand can be quite difficult but if the situation needs you to continue firing, it is a strong leverage that you know how to do it. Regardless if it’s your dominant hand or support hand, you need to hone your skills in shooting a pistol. Flexibility is one of the keys to success or getting out alive from a dangerous situation. While holding a handgun in one hand, you can open or close the door, push people out of harm’s way, hold a flashlight, and deflect a blow using the other hand. It can also make it easier for you to run while shooting which can be a reasonable strategy in times of distress.
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