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The pistol 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.

  • The first joint of the finger should take up trigger pressure, not the tip, as is often done with rifles.
  • 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 trigger area.
  • The slide and hammer of a semi-automatic handgun can deliver a bruising blow when held too close to the body. All handguns should be fired at arm’s length.
Squeezing the trigger on a handgun
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