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One-Handed Shooting Should Be Included In Your Shooting Practice

The reason a person should keep up a shooting practice regimen is to keep skills intact should they be needed, and one of those skills should be one-handed shooting. There are a number of good reasons to actually practice this way.

After all, a person with good shooting skills is going to be able to rely on those skills should they ever be needed. And a poor shooter has no business putting on a leather gun belt, holster and pistol to carry.

Shooting One-Handed May Be Necessary

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One of the truths about defensive shootings is that they never occur under ideal conditions, which is exactly why shooting one-handed ought to be part of your regular practice and training regimen. The typical shooting occurs at close range. It happens very quickly and is over in roughly the same fashion.

There is also a good chance it won't happen in broad daylight or in other ideal ambient conditions. It may happen in the failing light of dusk or at night.

You may not have time to assume one of the normal shooting stances and you may not even have time to aim much, which is why it's also a good idea to practice point shooting.

In short, shooting with one hand is all you might be able to do when the time comes, especially if you're trying to keep an assailant at bay with one hand or you have to have a hand on an object of some sort, such as a car door, or if you only have time to draw and fire without much time to aim or get settled.

It's not very difficult to imagine a scenario where you can't assume a typical shooting stance nor get both hands on your pistol.

The Pros Already Practice One-Handed Pistol Shooting

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Another thing you should know is that a good number of professionals practice one-handed pistol shooting, or at least various police departments and federal agencies require that their officers and agents be able to do it.

For instance, a number of departments include one-handed shooting in their qualification tests and protocols. In fact the FBI qualification test includes a one-handed shooting portion. Not only must the shooter use one hand, they have to use both dominant and non-dominant hands.

In short, this is something that people who might have to use a pistol in the line of duty already practice in case it becomes necessary.

Since the reason - or at least one reason - that most people own or carry a gun get one to begin with is for personal protection, it therefore behooves such a person to gain something approaching the same proficiency of professionals.

Incorporating One-Handed Shooting Into Practice

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If you'd like to incorporate one-handed shooting into your regular shooting drills and practice, make sure to start slow and easy at first. Start close-up - say 3 or 4 yards - and switch between dominant and nondominant hands.

Start with slow strings of fire or slow controlled pairs. Eventually, as you get better at it, incorporate double-taps and longer distances. Ideally, you'll want to work in one-handed point shooting as well as one-handed front-sight press shooting. This way, you'll hopefully be able to fire close to as well with one hand as you can with two.

A defensive encounter is never going to occur exactly where and how you want it to. While you can't prepare yourself 100 percent, you can ensure that you'll be able to do something about it.

Sam Hoober 

About The Author

Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.

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