Gun training in the upcoming June 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author Jason Hanson writes, “With record gun sales in 2013, there are plenty of new shooters who’ve never taken a pistol course or been taught the fundamentals of shooting. At the same time, there are many folks who’ve owned guns for dozens of years but still struggle with their accuracy. We all run into the same problems when it comes to hitting the target. What follows are 10 solutions to help put you on target with each and every pull of the trigger.”

“The first major problem shooters have has to do with grip. What you want to do is get a firm grip on the gun using about the same strength as when holding a hammer. The gun won’t slip out of your hand, but your knuckles aren’t turning white, either. What’s more, you want to grip the gun in the center of the web of your hand, between your thumb and index finger. And you want your hand to be as high on the backstrap as possible. Also, never forget that, while you’re gripping the gun, your finger should be straight and nowhere near the trigger. “Once your shooting hand has a solid grip on the gun, draw the gun and bring it up to meet your support hand. The placement of the support hand is the number-one problem I see when it comes to the overall grip. The solution I recommend is the ‘thumbs-forward’ grip. Point your support hand at a 45-degree angle, which means your support thumb should be pointing directly at the target. Next, bring your support hand to the side of the gun. Your shooting thumb rests on top of your support thumb, and both thumbs are pointing forward.”

Read the complete training review in the June 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands and digitally March 18, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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