How To Aim Your Semi-Automatic Pistol

When learning how to shoot, there are 5 key steps to remember:


-Breath Control

-Hold Control

-Trigger Control

-Follow Through

Keeping focus on your target and aiming properly will ensure that you never miss a shot. However, the first time someone steps up to the firing line to shoot may not know exactly how to aim unless they were previously told what to do. Below is a little infogram that I mad just for you that explains everything along the way.





Now, if your target is above you or taller than you, the three points will not align horizontally. Your front sight will be slightly higher than the rear sights but make sure that you still keep an equal amount of space between the 3 points. If your target is slightly to the right or the left, you will not have equal parts between the front sight and rear sight. 

This picture is a shot called 6 o’clock hold. This shot is normally used if you have a Glock because the shoot a little on the high side. 

Breath Control- Once you have locked in on your target, take one larger inhale and exhale. Inhale again only this time when you exhale, hold your breath half way through your exhale. This will help keep your hand steady as you prepare to take your shot. Hold your breath during your shot and a couple of seconds after. 

Hold Control- Maintain a proper grip and proper shooting stance. Whether you’re shooting in a bench position, 2-hand standing, or 1-hand standing position. 

Trigger Control- Remember, your finger was NOT on the trigger during any of the above steps. Once you are ready to take your shot, gently place your finger on the trigger and lightly squeeze. NEVER yank or pull the trigger back. Pulling it back to forcefully/quickly can cause you to lose your aim and miss your target. Most of the time, you will see your aim was too high if you were too quick pulling the trigger. Also, try not to anticipate your shot. If you anticipate too much, you will subconsciously start pushing the gun down to try and prevent a heavy recoil and aim too low. It doesn’t matter how low your gun is pointed, you can’t avoid recoil so try focusing on your target, your breath, and easing your finger onto the trigger to take your mind off of what you’re afraid of.

Follow Through- This is the last step before repeating the above. Maintain your breath control, maintain your trigger squeeze, and maintain your sight alignment. A couple of seconds after the shot has fired, finish your exhale and slowly remove your finger from the trigger. This step is also important in the event that you shoot of a misfire or a hangfire. If you pull your trigger and hear “click” and nothing fires, count to 30 slowly. If it is a hangfire, that means the shot was delayed and will still shoot sometime within the 30 seconds so keep your aim and your stance steady. If you count to 30 and nothing has happened, release your magazine, pull back your slide, and inspect your firearm. If it is a misfire, you will see that the bullet is still in the chamber. In most cases, the striker hit the bullet but there was not enough force or powder to fire the bullet into the barrel and out the muzzle. You will then dispose of your bullet into a dud box. If you do not see your bullet in the chamber, there is a chance that this would be a “squib” and the bullet is either lodged into the barrel or fell out of the muzzle. In the case that it is stuck in your barrel, you would disassemble your gun and remove the bullet.