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The handgun-shooting fundamentals of breath control, trigger squeeze, and follow through are almost identical to those in rifle firing. There are, however, some important differences to remember.

  • Hold the firearm with a firm grip so that only your trigger finger moves during the trigger squeeze and not your whole hand.
  • To take up the trigger pressure, use the first joint of the finger when firing a double-action pistol and use the whorl of your fingerprint of your first finger pad when firing a single-action pistol.
  • When a revolver is fired, powder flashing at the front of the cylinder can cause burns. Be sure to keep your fingers away from the front of the cylinder area.
  • The slide and hammer of a semiautomatic gun can deliver a bruising blow when held too close to the body.