ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Shooting a handgun well is a complicated skill that requires solid fundamentals. A veteran shooter, the author explains and shows you how to apply his ﬁve basic steps to being a successful handgunner.
BY WILEY CLAPP, Field Editor
t some unknown point in time, an instructor stepped before a group of men and began to speak about the management of a curious artifact known as a pistol. It may have been a Texan speaking to a company of Rangers who had just received their new Patersons. Or maybe it was later or even much earlier—I don’t know, because I wasn’t there. But I do remember with crystal clarity the voice of my late father as I stood before a target and lifted a loaded Colt pistol for the rst time. His message stays with me to this day: “There’s not a reason in the world to shoot unless you intend to hit. You hit when you line up the sights.” He had more to say of course, but I will spare you further wistful remembrances of a .22 Ace in a basement range. The matter at hand is a simple one— the principles by which you hit a distant target with a bullet red from a handgun. The essence of what I was taught then and what is taught at a good school today is the same. Happily enough, our understanding of what to teach and how to teach it has evolved a bit. That is particularly true in the light of many new handgun sports, as well as new types of handguns that have come into common use in modern times.
Illustrations by David J. Labrozzi
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009