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How to Be a Better Shooter – GLQT #2 – Take Up the Slack

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As promised, Green Light has released 2 new Quick Tips this week for becoming a better shooter. First up, we have tip #2: taking up the slack.

If you’re new to shooting, you might not be familiar with this concept. I know I wasn’t when I first started. But it’s something that absolutely made me a better shooter.

When most beginners first shoot, they put their finger on the trigger and pull back. It’s as simple as that. The gun goes bang, they don’t know when it’s going bang, and they usually jerk the gun in response to the recoil. I think that, at one time or another, we’ve all been there. But there is a better way to manipulate the trigger.

On almost every gun out there (especially hand guns), you’ll have what’s called a “wall” in your trigger. Essentially, this means that if you pull back very slowly on the trigger, it will pull consistently and then all of a sudden, it will stop. To move it past this stopped point, you’ll have to apply a significant amount of pressure. As soon as the trigger breaks past that point, the gun will fire. That initial easy pull before the wall is called the “slack”. Therefore, the point of this tip is learning how to efficiently take out all of the slack, pause at the wall, then apply even and strong pressure for a clean trigger break.

So now that we understand what it means to take up the slack, why do we care? How does it help our shooting?

Taking out the slack and utilizing even pressure on the wall creates not only an even trigger pull, but it also creates a certain conscious intent on pulling the trigger. Rather than blindly pulling the trigger back with all your might every time, you’re caressing the trigger. It allows  you to have complete control over when the gun is going to fire and where your trigger finger is going. When you’re afraid of the recoil and you’re anticipating it, you tend to “dip” the gun causing your shots to aim low. By utilizing this technique, you’re in charge of when the gun fires so you’re less likely to anticipate the recoil.

A great way to practice this is with dry firing. As always, make sure your gun can handle being dry fired. Almost all modern guns can, but if you’re unsure, check your owner’s manual or just do a simple google search. Clear your gun to make absolutely certain that it’s empty. Then cock your gun, and take up the slack. Once you’ve hit the wall, stay there for a second, then let off the trigger. Do that a few times until you’re certain you can feel where the wall is. Then once you’re comfortable with that, take the slack out, rest on the wall, and pull straight back on the trigger until it breaks. Do this a few more times and once you’ve got a good feel for it, concentrate on your muzzle. Get into a full shooting grip and stance, take the slack out, rest on the wall, and pull through. The most important thing to watch for here is that when you pull through, your muzzle doesn’t move. Practice that over and over. Then next time you’re at the range, do this same thing. Load the weapon, point it down range, take up the trigger slack, rest on the wall, then let off. Then, move to actually pulling through and firing the gun. Again, focus on not letting your muzzle move from it’s point of aim when you pull the trigger past the wall.

After a few times of doing this drill, I promise you will be a better shooter. This is also a great way to get to know different triggers. There are “heavier” and “lighter” triggers out there. That just means they require more or less pressure to move past the wall. Learn the sweet spot on your guns and learn what kinds of triggers you prefer.

Thanks for reading and watching. I hope this tip helped you out. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me using the contact tab above. We’ll see you on the next Green Light Quick Tip for How to Become a Better Shooter.

How to Be a Better Shooter – GLQT # 1 – Perfect Your Grip and Stance

I know this is kind of a cheat for the first tip. I’ve already posted a video on each of these and I’ve already linked a video to Costa coaching on grip. But first off, my grip and stance videos are really old. And second, the Costa video is talking about fairly advanced techniques. I want to hone in on a really quick brush up on proper technique for grip and stance because without these, none of the other tips will matter.

This is truly the “learn to walk to before you run” tip. If you’re a new shooter, practice this grip and stance and perfect it before moving on. So let’s go into these a little bit deeper than the video explained so you an have a full understanding of this if you’re just starting out.

First off for grip: “Using your dominant hand, get a firm grasp on the gun. Push your hand up as high as you possibly can. On the back of a semi-auto gun, beneath the slide, there is usually a little plastic tail that protects the webbing of your hand from the slide. Push up as high into that as possible. The higher your hands are on the gun, the less recoil you’ll feel. Next, take your weak hand and wrap your fingers around the fingers of your dominant hand. So all four fingers of your weak hand should now be resting on the 4 fingers of your dominant. Now, you’re going to point both thumbs forward toward the muzzle. Your dominant thumb should rest on top of your weak thumb. This should also force the butt of your weak hand’s palm to fit on the grip of the gun right between your dominant palm and your fingers.” – Taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be released in the coming months. You can also refer to the video for a visual representation of this technique.

For stance: “First, square your feet and your body up to the target. Set your feet about shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly in an athletic posture. You also want your hip to be bent slightly so you push forward with your upper body. You know that feeling when your hands are full of groceries and you just entered your house but you can’t shut the door so you stick your butt out to shut it? That’s how I learned to bend my hips. Stick your butt out like your hands are full and you need to shut a door. Next up, we want high shoulders so shrug those shoulders up slightly. I was always told to “roll your shoulders forward” as well. This helps with the next part. Stick your arms straight out. You don’t necessarily need them fully locked out but I usually hit about 95%. Now, if you raised your shoulders and rolled them forward enough, your elbows should now be pointed out. When I say “out”, I mean to your left and right, not down toward the ground. This helps to mitigate recoil. If your elbows are down, the recoil will travel up. If your elbows are out, the recoil will travel back. This is important because it helps to keep your sights on your target instead of losing it every time you pull the trigger.” – Again, this excerpt was taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be for sale on Amazon’s E-Book section in the coming months. 

Because of the nature of the Green Light Quick Tips videos, it’s hard for me to go into much detail. But, if you’re curious about the tip and want to learn more insight, watch the video first on YouTube, then head over here to the blog to learn a little more about the technique. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or shoot me an email at greenlightshooting@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next week when we release two more videos on tips to becoming a better shooter.

New Video Series Coming! – Green Light Quick Tips

Sorry for the absence of posts lately. I’ve been working hard on getting a new video series put together. I’m calling it the Green Light Quick Tips series.

This video series will be ongoing, but they’ll be categorized in chunks. For example, the first one I’m launching is going to Green Light Quick Tips for Becoming a Better Shooter. Essentially, I’m taking the top 10 things that made me a better shooter and turning that into a video series. I’m going to do one video per tip.

So what makes these different than all of the other tips and tricks videos I have? Well, most of my videos range between 4 and 10 minutes. That’s great when I’m talking about something in a lot of detail, but sometimes, you just want to get right to the point, learn something useful, and get on with your day. That’s exactly what I wanted to accomplish with these videos. I’m shooting to make them super rich with information all condensed into under 60 seconds. That’s right, so I’ll talk (really fast might I add) about the tip, then show a single quick close up of the tip in action. I want to cover what the tip is, how to do it, why it’s important, and show how it’s done.

Creating series with 10+ videos will allow me to churn out more content for you guys and release on a more regular and frequent basis. I plan to release at least 2 tip videos per week. Hopefully, that’s in addition to the regular one video per week I normally release. Of course, that means we’ll be posting the videos on YouTube but you can always get the inside scoop on our website here. I’ll post all of the tip videos here as well, but they’ll usually be accompanied with a written post that goes a little deeper into the tip. Something that I didn’t have time to say in the 60 second video but if you’re interested, it might add a little more insight into the tip and how I use it.

So as I said, the first series will be on becoming a better shooter. But I want to keep doing more and more tips series so if there is any other subjects that you guys would be interested in seeing these types of videos, please leave them in the comments below or send me an email at greenlightshooting@gmail.com. I’m super excited to dive into these! I’ll have a video announcing this on YouTube in the next few days as well as the first tip. Following that, I plan to release the tip videos on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Thanks for the support! I’m excited to see if you guys like these!