Lesson 2: One-Handed Shooting

Start training for one hand shooting, by doing pushups. Palms flat, then do five pushups. Can’t do five pushups, then do three pushups. Next, pick up your hands forming fists, and again do five (or three) pushups. Next, pick up your fists and on your fingertips, like a tiger’s claws, do five (or three) pushups but make sure your nails are properly trimmed. Next, pick up your fingertips and place your thumb and index finger on the floor and do five (or three) pushups. After a while, your hands are strong. Variations are, while on palms of hands, push upwards and clap your hands together, continuing in fluid motion, completing the set. You may also place your toes on a step of the stairway and do the pushups, eventually working your way to placing your toes on a wooden chair. That shifts your body weight into the upper torso. The body also needs core strength. The whole body. Make yourself “strong as a farmer”. On hand shooting becomes no problem at all. Revolver shooting, the cylinder rotation compensated with hand muscles. Pistol shooting needs wrist and hand strength as the slide cycles rearward. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the workers, worked from sunrise, to sunset. Meaning, stick with it. Train.

Gun Culture 2.0

My first experience with the Dot Torture drill revealed definite weaknesses in my one-handed shooting. Which is no surprise because I never shoot one-handed and have no idea how to do so correctly.

Thankfully, Session Two of Mike Seeklander’s American Competitive Shooting Society IDPA Mastery Series One program focuses on one-handed shooting.

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As before, I watched the training and dry fire practice videos provided and then dry-fire practiced (3 times for 5 minutes each) the techniques using my SIRT pistol.

I have often observed instructors advocate canting the gun inward while shooting one handed. Not full gangster one-handed style, but a little over in order to manage recoil better and help with sight alignment.

Rather than canting the gun, Seeklander advocates holding the gun perpendicular as usual, “flagging” the thumb on grip hand (to bring pressure on the back of the gun)…

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