TWAW: Common shooting errors

This summer I spent time writing about filming basics and basic distance exercises. This article will summarize these topics by reviewing common shooting errors. I will classify the errors into four categories: Flu / Posture, Trigger Control, Target, and Psychological.

Grip / Stance Errors

  • Neglect that your firing hand is too high on the weapon strap or that the supporting hand is too low. Both of these things will make it difficult to manage the setback and make you less accurate.
  • Standing upright or leaning back when shooting. This will cause you to unbalance and affect the accuracy of your shot. It will also make it difficult to manage the setback. Instead, lean forward (as if in a fighter position), so that if someone tried to push you from the front it would be very difficult.

Trigger control errors

  • Shaking or firing the trigger. This is a very common mistake, which will greatly affect your accuracy. Instead, use a smooth, even treatment.
  • Having too much or too little finger on the trigger. It is not enough to say that he pushes the shot to the left. Too much finger and your shot will shoot to the right. Try to have the center of the index finger pad on the trigger.

Point out mistakes

  • Without knowing your dominant eye. We’ve looked at how to determine eye dominance before and it’s easy to look for the technique online, so I won’t talk about it here, but it’s very important to determine which eye is dominant.
  • Not aligning the view correctly. The front view should be equidistant from the two rear sights and at the same height. Any deviation from this will cause you to lose the goal.
  • Focusing your eyes on the target. While counterintuitive, focus your eyes on the front view instead of your goal to improve your accuracy.

Psychological errors

  • Anticipation of shots. Anticipating the recoil of your shot will often make you push the muzzle of the weapon and cause a low shot. The practice of dry fire and the use of fictitious rounds are excellent ways to identify the anticipation of the shot and correct it.
  • Hastening your shot. While there are certain scenarios that require shooting quickly, there is no need to rush while practicing.
  • With the goal of too much time. On the other hand, if you want to last too long, your arms will often get tired and you will start to guess your shot.

I hope you enjoyed this series of articles on shooting basics, distance simulation ideas, and common shooting mistakes. I look forward to watching future articles in the coming weeks. I’ll move on to talking about things like the cover against concealment, how to lose the tail, what to do in home invasion situations and other tactical scenarios and more.

For more information on shooting technique, personal safety, gun ownership, and other methods of self-defense, join the sterling chapter meeting The Well Armed Women (TWAW) on September 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours at the Logan County shooting. Sports Complex, 12515 Highway 61 / 2nd Amendment Way Way Highway 61 Sterling, CO. Come join us for a fun morning in the area!

There are TWAW Shooting Chapters to educate and empower women in a safe and non-threatening environment for their effective and responsible self-defense with a firearm. Potential members can attend their first meeting before joining. If you want to become a member, you can join online at Women over the age of 18 interested in learning more can contact Jennifer Everhart at or visit the TWAW Shooting Chapters, Inc. website. a We can also like us on Facebook @twawsterlingcolorado or stop by Boondocks Army Surplus at 324 N Fourth Street in Sterling and pick up a brochure.

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