Shooting handguns is most effective when done with two hands. Any instructional media or training approach will insist and educate with a two-hand shooting procedure. However, there is a good reason to be proficient in shooting with one hand. Scenarios might occur when the shooter is incapable of shooting with both hands. The shooter could be injured and has only one healthy hand to shoot. The position or location of the shooter could only allow shooting with one hand. This makes practicing shooting with one hand a good idea.
Below are pointers on how to shoot a gun with one hand:
- Assume a power stance. Shooting with one hand will require a steady and powerful stance. A stance is body positioning when shooting. There is no exact stance to apply when shooting with one hand. However, there are a couple of things to consider. The first thing one should consider is the ability to support the firing of the weapon and its recoil (spring back action).
- The second consideration is the amount of exposure of the shooter. A shooter, especially if in law enforcement or military, may have to fire at targets, which may fire back. A sideways position will expose the shooter’s vulnerable body parts located below the arm. With this consideration, a one handed shooter might want to have the body facing front. The feet spaced apart for balance, one slightly in front of the other making a triangle.
- If possible, the shooter may support the body by flexing the other arm and placing it across the chest. The non-shooting hand, which is formed into a fist, is positioned just below the shooting hand’s shoulder. This will support the shooting arm during the gun’s recoil.
- A good grasp of the gun. Since only one hand is used in grasping, a good grasp is important. Apply a high hand grasp. As suggested by the term, grasp the weapon’s grip high enough that the skin seems to bunch up just below the backstrap. This minimizes the recoil and movement of the chamber.
- Firmly grip the weapon. Grip the weapon strongly. A light grip might cause the weapon to recoil and fall since there will be no other hand to support the shooting hand.
- Sighting and targeting. With the hand outstretched, a slight bend must be applied by the elbow. This gives allowance for the recoil, keeping the gun aimed for succeeding shots.
- The sight and targeting can still be done with one hand. It is advisable to slightly turn the weapon sideways, just enough to keep a comfortable line of sight. Turning it sideways at a 900 is not advisable since it keeps the head turned sideways when sighting.
- A good squeeze or slight roll. Squeeze the trigger. Do not pull or apply too much force. This force will make the shot inaccurate. Discovering the right amount of force required to shoot makes for increased accuracy.
Shooting a gun with one hand is easy. However, one hand shooting lessens accuracy. By following the pointers above and practicing, one can make one hand shooting fairly accurate and effective.