There are several things when shooting that can cause you to lose consistent accuracy, and most of the time, you are likely doing something ever-so-slightly and you’re not even noticing a small amount of movement or flinch that is sending your bullet to an unintended stopping point. Let’s address just a few that, when mastered, will cause incredible improvement in your shooting.
The more the trigger moves, the greater the likelihood of missing your shot. Practice moving the trigger as little as possible when pulling it by dry firing. Know how far your trigger needs to travel and don’t allow it to go further to reset than necessary. Dry fire practice will increase your familiarity with this in your gun. Practice keeping the trigger from moving all the way forward or releasing your trigger finger completely.
Dry Fire Practice
When dry firing, be consistent with your safe handling of the pistol, treating it as if it were loaded (except that you can shoot it in a place that you wouldn’t normally shoot a loaded gun). Triple check that it is not actually loaded and point in a safe direction. Aim and pull the trigger as you normally would, and if the gun lurches, there is an obvious need to be steadier with your shot. You can use snap caps to practice when shooting at the range or place a spent piece of brass between the two font sites when dry firing. If you’re pulling the trigger smoothly, the front of your handgun will not dip down, and the brass will stay in place. If the brass falls off, you are jerking the trigger and causing the gun to move off the intended target, and the expense is your accuracy. You’re going to miss your shots if your gun is lurching around when shooting.
Follow-through is also important and comes from anticipation of sending the next round through the barrel. If you are anticipating the backfire of the gun, you are more likely to be less steady with your hand when shooting. Your hand will flinch, causing the gun to move (likely the front of the gun will dip) and your round to end up off target. Keep your eyes focused on the target between the front sights the entire time. If they move away from the target, you’ve likely moved the gun too much and your bullet is not going to hit its target in the intended spot.