Any law enforcement agent generally carries a firearm; a pistol in most cases. Within the firearm arsenal, handguns are probably the hardest to master. Their challenge drives from the smaller engineering, short sight radius, and the trigger pressure which often varies from each make. There are several drills for those in the law enforcement industry to help you master your accuracy with your handgun.
Shooting Range Industries share some law enforcement firing drills
Trigger Control: Trigger control is often heard in conjunction with shooting accuracy, sadly however, it is often neglected. Handguns are fairly accurate, but human manipulation often is the cause for error.
– Brass on Front Sight: Probably easier done with a partner, but you can do it single as well. With your weapon empty, place a spent brass shell on the front sight of your weapon. Smoothly execute a trigger pull. The brass should remain balanced through the exercise. If it falls off you know you are subtly jerking the trigger, causing your accuracy to be disrupted. To keep the brass steady you need to have smooth continuous trigger pull with a clean break at the tail end.
Follow Through: During the follow through many are guilty of flinching or anticipating the next shot, which dips the muzzle down, interfering with accuracy.
– Ball and Dummy: With a partner, have your back turned while they either set your gun ready with a round ready to go, or void of a round. When you turn back, take your weapon, and shoot at your target. Have your partner pay attention to the muzzle. If it dips, it shows you were anticipating the shot. Continue this practice with having your partner mix up when you have a live round ready and without a round to help you better relax, and to not anticipate.
Sight, Picture, and Alignment: This subject can be quite involved and there are many theories and debates about the more advanced levels, but on a basic level the shooter will look to align the sights on target while the main focus is on the front sight. With the focus on the front sight the rear sights will be slightly blurry along the target.
– Bench Shooting: This drill is not only an excellent way to build on proper sight, picture and alignment, but is an excellent confidence booster. Arms need to be resting on a shooting bag while sitting on the bench. Take your time, and create a perfect and solid sight, picture, and alignment. Steadily, without being rushed, fire your shots with your intent on managing perfect shots.
Master Class: Now, the primary goal is to combine all of these shooting aspects together to get improved accuracy.
– Shrinking Targets: Make a target with four circles on it, each a little smaller than the previous one. While you are standing approximately 6 yards, fire 5 rounds into each circle from your weapon. Your goal is to have all 5 rounds inside the circle, as you master one circle, move on to the next smaller circle and continue on. This drill is excellent to do periodically to ensure you are accurately shooting your weapon.
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