Learning to shoot a gun can be an overwhelming thing, especially for some students in the National Rifle Association’s FIRST Steps pistol class that I teach. When I can see the sweat start to pop out on their foreheads as they practice putting together the six fundamentals of shooting at the firing line, with either unloaded or dummy guns, I remind them that learning to shoot is a lot like learning to drive. A lot of things are going on at the same time, but just like they learned to put all the steps together in order to operate a motor vehicle, they can learn the fundamentals required for a good, safe shot.
My NRA instructor pal, Dian Cooper, and I decided we needed a mnemonic in order to remember the order of the fundamentals, to help us pass the NRA instructor’s qualification test a few years ago.
We called it … Pistols Go Bang! So Think Fast!
Bang!: Breath control
So: Sight alignment
Think: Trigger squeeze
Fast: Follow through
If you’d like to hear me tell you more about it, check out the contribution I recorded on this topic at Urban Shooter Podcast. It was featured in episode #206, “Respect Yourself.” 2_22_11 1_04 PM
And, if you’d like to join me on the firing line, check out my shooting website: www.sheshoots2.com.
Trigger squeeze and sight alignment — two things I’m currently working on during my dry fire homework assignments! ~Beth
Clever! That’s easy to remember 🙂
Thanks, Jackie! Yes … mnemonics rock.
Also, Beth … the two most important fundamentals are trigger squeeze and sight alignment!