Consistent accuracy depends on mastering fundamental skills. Mastering your grip, managing recoil and smooth target acquisition are all crucial. To begin with, Shane says that the proper grip is something that has changed in recent years. It has been common fundamental teaching that your grip should be a firm handshake with your strong hand and a 60% grip with your support hand. However, many pro shooters have pushed back on that and now it is recommended to squeeze the gun as hard as you can, without shaking, as this approach mitigates, and controls recoil as best as possible. By maintaining a firm grip and mitigating the recoil, it doesn’t allow the gun to stay in recoil as long, says Shane. As a result, the gun gets back on target faster and the quicker that front sight gets back on target the more time your brain has to process what it’s seeing. All of that translates to your ability to touch off a second shot faster. Shane says it’s important to note that every gun will tell a story as soon as you pull the trigger. A mistake he sees a lot of shooters make is to overcorrect their pistol as soon as they see the front sight lift off of the target, by attempting to overcorrect shooters end up pulling their shots in one direction or another. This is where a gun’s story comes in to play. No matter how hard your grip is, you will always experience recoil, but shooters need to let it run its course and wait for the sight to come back into position before making drastic corrections, Shane says. When shooting at multiple targets, it’s all about the eyes first. Shane says before physically moving, your eyes should act first, picking out a point on the next target and giving you a reference point before you pick up and move. Your movements also have to be fluid and Shane notes that he doesn’t use his upper torso, but rather his lower body to drive his upper torso. This controlled body movement gives him a larger muscle group to work with and allows him to be more explosive and maintain more control when it’s time to stop at the next target. As a professional that has spent an immense amount of time perfecting his own craft, naturally Shane sees the mistakes that rookies or other less experienced shooters make. A big mistake he sees frequently is shooters not having a plan of attack when they go to the range. A lot of shooters will pack up their guns, gear and ammo and head to the range and shoot without purpose. To think that just by pulling the trigger they will become a better shooter or improve certain skills isn’t really the case. Shane says that without a plan you really don’t improve anything specifically. Instead, shooters should make a list of 5 things they want to work on, go to the range with that purpose and work specifically on those skills. Then, when you’re done, he recommends keeping a range log where you can document how well you shot, if your grip was off, if you had problems with your draw, if you could see your front sight and more. After that, you can then build a new plan for your next trip to the range that addresses those things that you need to fix.
New for 2019, Shane highlights the Glock G43X and G48. The G48 is essentially a single stack Glock 19, but a slim line version with a mag capacity of 10+1, coated with nPVD finish and comes with three different sight options (standard Glock sights, Glock Night Sights or Ameriglo BOLD sights). The G43X is a shorter version of the G48, Shane says, it has the same frame but a shorter slide so when it comes to concealability and comfort, the G43X and G48 are the perfect fit. Be sure to tune in as we talk with Shane Coley of Team GLOCK and get tons of tips that will have you thinking about your approach, form, and accuracy when shooting pistols.
Practice with purpose and improve your accuracy,