A proper shooting stance, grip, and sight picture is critical to fast follow up shots.
Shooting quickly is meaningless if shot placement is all over the place. A fast rate of fire must be accurate in order to be effective, be it in a shooting competition environment, or in self defense. This is quite the hotly debated topic amongst the shooting community, and is one we have discussed before.
Champion competitive shooter Dough Koening teams up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and provides some tips on how to shoot quickly, while retaining accuracy.
A stout stance helps fight recoil, but remember, there isn’t always enough time to assume a textbook shooting stance in a dynamic shooting environment.
We’ve talked about grip before as well. Maintain a high grip with the thumbs pointing forward at the target. It helps index the target and maintain a solid grip on the pistol.
Grip tension is a tricky component of gripping a pistol. Too loose and recoil will get away from you. Too tight and the gun will be shaking and you’ll get tired quickly. Doug recommends holding the pistol about the same as you would a hammer.
Remember, consistency is key in fast and accurate fire.
Live fire practice
Don’t start pulling the trigger as quickly as you can as soon as you hit the range. That’s how bad habits are formed. The key is to shoot with a consistent rate of fire at your skill level. Put each follow up shot down range only when you have re-acquired a sight picture. As you practice, you’ll be able to get a sight picture faster and slowly increase the rate of fire.
Dry fire practice
Fast follow up shots require solid recoil control, which can only be achieved through live fire practice. However, solid grip and stance is equally important. Having a habitual and natural sight picture is absolutely critical to an accurate second and third shot.
Building good habits for a consistent grip and sight picture can easily be done with dry fire holster presentations from home. Simply draw, acquire a sight picture, and dry fire thousands of times at home. Get to the point where you can close your eyes, draw your pistol, and your sights are lined up and on target when you open your eyes again.
Dry fire practice is the key to firearms proficiency.