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How to AIM a Revolver like an Accomplished Shooter?

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Written by Erik Himmel

We will try to give a solution to one of the common questions which are “how to aim a revolver?”.  Aiming a gun requires towards the target requires a lot of practice. Recoil, positioning, the weight of the bullet, type of gun and many such factors play a key role in hitting the perfect shot by the gun. Safety measures should be taken to avoid accidental firing.

It is advised to hire professional shooters for learning aiming. It is not that people who own guns can go to their backyard and start shooting for practice. Guns might backfire, recoil may get you out of control while firing, not hitting the target at the point are some of the disadvantages without proper learning.

Let us understand what factors play a key role in aiming a pistol and how to master them.

Factors That Matter While You Try Aiming Your Revolver

Here are the factors that impact aiming and are as follows.

  • Type of gun and its ammunition
  • Weight of bullet
  • Barrel length
  • Grip
  • Body posture
  • Breath

Understanding These Factors

Let’s get deep into these factors that are critical to the choosing and using a revolver.

1. Type of Gun and Its Ammunition

If we observe, there are many types of guns in the revolver category using different types of ammunition, such as 9MM, .44 Magnum, .45 etc. Recoil is different for each of these guns. Some guns have less recoil and some have more recoil. Get to know about all guns and then recoil control will be easier.

2. The Weight of the Bullet

More weight of bullet makes more damage but travels less distance. Less weight of bullet travels more distance but deals less damage. This knowledge will make you decide whether to hit a target from a long distance or get closer based on the weight of the bullet.

3. Barrel Length

Barrel length of the gun makes a key difference in aiming. Shots are accurate with longer barrels on the gun.

barrel

4. Grip

A firm grip on the gun is necessary before shooting the gun. It helps in controlling recoil. Recoiling of the gun is nothing but the backward movement of the gun after shooting. The bigger the gun is the more recoil. As we are dealing with revolvers here, a good grip around the gun should control recoil easily.

5. Body Stance

There are few positions to get into before shooting the target and are follows.

body stance

1st Position

  • Stand straight with your legs spread with some distance
  • Take the revolver and stretch your arms forward
  • Bend down a little to have a firm support

2nd Position

  • Put your right leg back with an angle of 45 degrees from left leg
  • Take revolver and stretch your arms forward
  • Bend down a little to have firm support

You can try with opposite leg too (having left leg back instance). Make sure to shoot with both eyes open and try to feel the recoil. This way you can modify the stance to your comfort levels.

6. Breath

Shooting involves focus and patience. Out of anxiety or other issues, people subconsciously stop breathing and just focus on the target. They don’t breathe and don’t even know that. So, inhale and exhale air as normal during aiming.

Always make sure to check whether you are breathing or not. Few people commit the mistake of stopping breathing just before pulling the trigger. That would lose the grip of hands and affects the aiming. Breathe as normal, aim the gun at a target, focus on front sight and pull the trigger. Heartbeat and breathing affect the accuracy of shooting.

How to AIM a Revolver?

We have just gone through some of the factors that will aid in good aiming, which is a prerequisite to accurate shooting. But there are more things to focus on for an accurate shot. Front and rear sights are available on top of the gun with which you will position the gun towards the target. You may get tensed, hands may shiver, body feints left or right and these un-controllable activities will affect the aiming.

They can be mastered with daily practice. Along with them, here are the three-step instructions for a perfect shot on target.

1. Identify Your Dominant Eye

A quick test for you. Place your finger right in front of you and you will see two fingers. This will affect the aim as when you hold the gun, you may see two primary sights or targets. This is the reason we have to find out the dominant eye. Follow the steps to find your dominant eye or read here for more information on it.

  • Place an object at a certain distance
  • Make a triangle with your hands and place before the eyes
  • Make sure both of your eyes are open and that object is visible clearly
  • Now close the left eye
  • If you are seeing the object without any change, your right eye is dominant
  • But if you observe hands position getting shifted (possible covering the object), then your left eye is dominant

The advantage with knowing your dominant eye will help in good aiming. But this practice should be done only at the start. Eventually shooting with both eyes open is important and should get perfect in that.

2. Do This If You Are Aiming a Single-Action Revolver

We have to take into consideration a few things like front sight, rear sight, a loaded gun, and hammer rule.

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Front and Rear Sight

We cannot focus on two different objects at the same time. When we try to focus on one thing, surrounding objects will become blur. While shooting at targets, we often confuse what to focus and end up focusing on targets. So, the target is clear but front and rear sights become blur.

The correct way to do it is focused on the front sight. This may make the target blur to some extent but place the gun where you want to shoot first. Then focus on front sight. Grab the gun firm, pull the hammer back and shoot. This will help in accurate aiming.

Loaded Gun

Make sure that the gun is loaded before shooting. Also, make sure to unload the gun after practice for accidental firing.

Hammer Rule

Unlike new weapons, it just won’t work if you just pull the trigger for single action revolver. The first step would be to pull the hammer back. Now, pull the trigger. Hammer goes back to initial position. For the second shot, you need to pull the hammer back again.

Do not forget to cock the hammer otherwise pulling just the trigger will not shoot the bullets.

Take Your Aim

Now that you have known the do’s and don’ts while practicing, let’s go over the process on a whole. Find your dominant eye. Get to know about front and rear sights. Focus on the front sight while shooting the target.

Clock the hammer before shooting the gun every single time. Recoil will be more and it will take time to get used to it. With daily practice, you can aim a pistol just like an accomplished shooter.

Do not rush and skip things in order to quickly become pro in shooting. Practice and develop from the mistake’s day in day out. Maintain proper standing or sitting position before shooting otherwise you will be surprised with the recoil of the gun. These are some of the ways to follow on how to aim a revolver.

About the author

Erik Himmel

A Part-Time Firearm Instructor

Hi, this is Erik. We all know firearms are dangerous, but only when one doesn’t know how to use and care for them. I have 15+ years of experience with different types of guns and for the last 10 years, I have taught numerous people how to hold and shoot a gun while staying safe and keeping the surroundings unharmed. My neighbors are some of my biggest admirers who enjoy talking to me about their guns, firearms safety and maintenance.

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