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Handgun Aiming Skills for Beginners

Handgun Aiming Skills for Beginners


Aiming Basics

The sights on the gun are designed to help you to train your vision on a specific point while aiming the gun in the right general direction. However, using the sights is not the only factor that plays into where the bullet will actually land. The gun and ammo that you use along with your posture, how you control the weapon as you pull the trigger, distance and wind all play a role. The proper use of the sights is also important. The best rule of thumb is to make sure that the top portion of the front sight is flush against the back and perfectly centered within the bracket. You also want to look through the eye on the same side as your shooting hand in order to maintain optimal alignment.


Maintaining Control

One of the biggest reasons that people miss their targets is that either their balance is off or they don’t have full control over the weapon as it recoils once the trigger is pulled. One of the easiest ways to make sure the gun is straight and level is to practice with a penny. Place the penny or other small coin in front of the sight near the end of an unloaded gun. Practice holding the gun steady before, during and after you pull the trigger. If the coin falls off, you know that you are moving the gun too much. This simple exercise will help you to get a feel for the best way to position your arms and use your non-shooting hand to balance the gun as well.



Anticipating Recoil

Everyone deals with recoil in their own way, and mastering tricks on how to overcome our natural tendency to flinch takes some practice. If you anticipate the recoil too quickly just before you pull the trigger, chances are that you will miss the mark by a wide margin. If you recoil just before the hammer hits the projectile, it will be off target by a smaller margin. The trick is to find the sweet-spot of recoil control that occurs in the split second after the hammer hits the casing of the projectile. You want to keep the gun level until the bullet passes through the barrel and heads out towards the target.


Taking a stance where your non-shooting leg is bent at the knee while your shooting leg is situated slightly behind you will help to improve your ability to remain balanced. You also want to keep your arms extended and rigid while your wrists react to the recoil after you pull the trigger. While the degree in which you follow this general posture will change based on your comfort and level of experience, this will help you tremendously in the beginning as you learn how to position yourself while aiming and shooting.


Finally, make sure to take lots of practice shots with an unloaded gun or a training weapon that has a laser target system. This will help you to avoid wasting ammunition while also working on fundamentals without putting anyone’s life in danger. Just remember to be patient and give yourself time to get the hang of things before moving on to more complex shooting techniques.



How to Make Wax Slugs in Minutes

How to Make Wax Slugs in Minutes



Shotguns are exceptional for shooting targets at close range. However, their effectiveness significantly diminishes with distance as pellets cover a broader area with less force upon impact. One of the best ways to offset this limitation is to create wax-based slugs and insert them into shotgun shells. This produces a solid projectile that can travel at greater distances while penetrating targets with much more force. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to make these alterations at home, and you can expand your hunting as well as defensive capabilities within minutes.




Paraffin Wax and Shell Preparation

The first step is to prepare the wax and shells for modification. You want to use parrafin wax whenever possible due to its purity as well as high flash point. It is important to heat the wax to just below the point when it begins to smoke. You want the wax as hot as possible to ensure that it can penetrate between the shot pellets and create a dense form as it cools. It is also possible to use regular candle wax, however its viscosity and cooling point may prevent complete penetration within the shells. This can lead to misfires, jamming and even the exploding of the gun if the shell buckles or deforms.



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Carefully cut away the top rim of the shell and gently remove the cap. It is important that you do not gouge or remove any portion of the top of the shell in the process. Pour out the shot pellets into a bowl and stand the empty shells up so that they can be filled once the wax is ready. Heat the wax and add the pellets as it begins to liquefy. Once the wax is heated to the point of smoking, take a teaspoon and carefully scoop the wax and pellets. Carefully pour into the empty shells until the shot and wax reaches the top of the plastic shell wad. You don’t want to over or under fill the pellets and wax, and keep in mind that you will not be able to replace all of the shells due to the volume of wax as well.



Cooling and Testing

The slug will shrink as it cools, and you want to make sure that you have enough hot wax left to top off the shells and create a secure cap. It is important that don’t create much of a bulge on the finished product in order to maximize effectiveness once the shell is fired. Wipe down the top and sides of each shell to remove any excess wax deposits once they have cooled and store for future use.


The wax will create a tight seal between the slug and the walls of the shell wad and reinforce the strength of the shell. Pull off one of the the shell casings to test the finished product, and it should require a lot of force to remove. The slug should be perfectly joined to the rest of the shell and there should be no gaps or cracks.


You can use any kind of shot with this method, but it works exceptionally well with smaller pellets as they combine to create a strong slug. Expect to be able to penetrate targets up to 50 yards away with this method. Feel free to experiment with different shot sizes, shells and guns in order to get a sense of how far you can shoot as well as the power of the impact on a target. See for yourself how this trick will enhance the capabilities of your shotgun, and start building your stockpile today.