“You look like you’re in the movies”

If you follow WTBGU! on Twitter you may have seen my post about the range officer at my local indoor range giving me a hard time about my strong/weak hand form.

I was about 250 rounds in to rim-fire session, working on my strong/weak hand only trigger press and the RO looked over my shoulder and said “You look like you you’re in the movies.”  From there the conversation went…

BGU: “Maybe, but I hit my target”

RO: “I know! I was watching you to see if you were shooting my ceiling.”

I was using a standard 25yrd bullseye target and had removed a tennis ball sized hole of paper at 7yrds firing as quickly as I could reacquire the sights. (1)

This exchange and thinking about the IDPA match last weekend, made me realize that many people don’t practice strong/weak hand only and haven’t worked out the technique.

The attached picture shows the form I use…

  1. Gun hand foot slightly forward to allow your weight to shift forward
  2. Off hand secured close to the body to reduce its influence and ensure it is behind the muzzle
  3. Normal master grip, with the gun canted to allow the arm to be in a natural, neutral position (like you would have it to point)

No matter how you hold it the gun always recoils in the path of least resistance; with one hand it goes up due to the bore being above the wrist and  to the inside since there is less pressure on that side of the gun. I find that turning the hand slightly puts it in a stronger position and the recoil is easier to control, with it crossing horizontally

Have you ever tried this technique? Does something else work better for you? Let me know by leaving a comment below, on Facebook, twitter or e-mail.


(1) Later I let him fire a magazine from my pistol that all went low right… freestyle tea-cupping the pistol.


  1. says

    At a training session I was in last year with Tom Givens of Rangemaster, his advice was to use your method for one handed shooting – find a neutral comfortable position to hold the gun, then train the hell out of it, until you know just where it’s going to go. Yes, recoil takes my gun on an angle, not straight up, but I’m not aware of any points being awarded in USPSA or IDPA for where the recoil takes your gun. More importantly, in a gunfight, no opponent will likely respond differently.

  2. Rick says

    I train/practice this way in my LEO quals etc., we use this to simulate the strong hand/arm being injured or busy (ie holding something) I cant the pistol slightly in towards the center and this assists me in getting hits.

  3. Mike says

    That canted technique works well for weak-hand shooting (left hand for me) because it brings the sights more in line with my dominant right eye.

    • ed says

      I actually use this when shooting strong hand only, since I’m cross-eye dominant it lets me sight much more naturally. Looks goofy as heck, but does get on target.

  4. says

    I use the same method for the same reason. When canting the gun I feel like I get more control during recoil. When shooting a Strong Hand / Weak hand stage at a match, it allows me to ‘ride the recoil’ to transition from one target to the next (as long as you shoot them in the right order)

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