Correction Target for Shooting Handguns
Posted by Paper Target at January 22nd, 2016
Correction targets can be helpful when working on your shooting. I go to the range frequently in order to hone my skills and sometimes a correction target can be a useful tool. Papertargets.net has two correction targets, one for right handed shooters, and one for left handed shooters.
Print out the one you require and take it to the range for immediate feedback on your shooting.
You may be asking yourself, well that’s great, but what do the different sections actually mean? You’re in luck, I’m going to give you the low down on the correction wheel.
I use the correction wheel, by shooting 10 rounds slow fire and seeing the results. The first thing you can tell from your shots is, consistency. Are you shots all over the target? If so, you need to work on consistency. Consistency in shooting is at the top of the list. Two very important parts to consistency is grip and sight alignment. Do both the same way every time. Once you have some level of consistency, take the feedback from the wheel and practice.
At this point, you’ve shot 10 rounds with a fairly good group, what do they mean?
- Heeling Anticipating Recoil Section: Group is high to the right for right hand shooters, and high and to the left for left hand shooters. You are pushing on the firearm with the heel of your hand.
- Thumbing: You shot group is at the 3 o’clock position for right hand shooters, and 9 o’clock for right hand shooters. You are thumbing the run which means pushing the side of the frame with your thumb.
- Tightening Grip while Pulling Trigger: Group is consistently in the 4 or 5 o’clock area for right hand shooters, and 7 or 8 o’clock area for left hand shooters. This is consistent with anticipating recoil and tightening your grip just as the gun fires.
- Breaking Wrist Down or Dropping the Head: You’re group is low and in the 6 o’clock area, for either right or left hand shooters. There are two possibilities, one, you may be relaxing your shot on the follow through too quickly, or you may be breaking your wrist. Breaking your wrist is another form of anticipating recoil, by cocking your wrist in a downward motion as the gun fires. The wrist must be held firmly.
- Jerking: You are shooting at the 7 – 8 o’clock position for right hand, and the 4 -5 o’clock position for left hand, you may be jerking the trigger. To make successful shots you must squeeze the trigger and not jerk it backwards.
- Finger not on Trigger Correctly: You are shooting at the 9 o’clock for right hand and the 3 o’clock for left hand. You may be squeezing the trigger at an angle instead of straight back. One reason why this may be happening is you don’t have your finger on the trigger properly.
- Pushing Anticipating Recoil: If you shot groups are between the 10 and 11 o’clock position for right hand or 1 – 2 o’clock for left hand, you may be anticipating recoil and “pushing” the firearm in an upwards motion. It could also be caused by not following through.
- Breaking Wrist Up: If you are shooting at the 12 o’clock position you are breaking your wrist up or allowing it to move upwards. The wrist must be held firmly.
Correction Target Cheat Sheet
|Heeling Anticipating Recoil||Pushing the firearm with the heel of your hand|
|Thumbing||Pushing side of frame with thumb|
|Tightening Grip while Pulling Trigger||Tightening grip just as gun fires|
|Breaking Wrist Down or Dropping the Head||Cocking wrist downward as gun fires|
|Jerking||Jerking the trigger back and not squeezing|
|Finger Not on Trigger Correctly||Pulling trigger back at angle|
|Pushing Anticipating Recoil||Pushing upwards as you fire|
|Breaking Wrist Up||Allowing wrist to move upwards as you fire|