WATCH: Pistol Drills To Aid In Training

by
posted on March 9, 2020

In his latest video for Shooting Sports USA, 12-time NRA National Pistol Champion Brian Zins shares two of his favorite drills that will aid both beginners and advanced shooters that have hit a plateau in their training—regardless of the discipline. Watch the video above.

Brian Zins pistol training
If you focus to much on the target and not your front sight, your groups can suffer. Zins has a drill that will help.


For beginning shooters that are struggling, occasionally the culprit can be an obsession with hitting the target's bullseye. In this case, Zins suggests turning the target around. By taking the distraction of the target away, you can focus on just hitting the center of the paper. This will help your eye stay focused on the same place, which should always be the front sight blade. Zins notes that nicer groups are often the result of this drill.

"Your groups will tighten up," says Zins. "And, you will know if your fundamentals are good."

Another recommended drill is a dry-fire one that you can do at the range. Basically, you load one round in your empty magazine and insert, but let your slide go forward with an empty chamber. Begin to dry fire until you shoot a perfect shot. When you have that perfect dry-fire shot, while maintaining control with your grip, chamber the round and and fire, making sure to imitate the previous dry-fire shot. Zins says if you go through about 10 or 20 rounds with this drill, your groups will tighten up—but only if you are honest with yourself and wait for a perfect dry-fire shot prior to commencing with live fire.

"This is a drill that I really like," says Zins. "After you have a perfect dry-fire shot, your live-fire shot should come up exactly where it was before."

Brian Zins dry-fire drill
Don't cheat yourself and make sure to wait for the perfect shot in dry-fire.


To learn more about Zins’ pistol training classes, please visit his Facebook page here.

Below are links to previous installments in our pistol shooting video series featuring Brian Zins.


See more: 5 Tips To Master New Pistol Shooting Positions

Latest

Vudoo360 V22 1
Vudoo360 V22 1

Review: Vudoo V-22 Three 60 Rimfire

The Vudoo Gun Works V-22 Three 60 is a production rimfire that boasts so many extras, it’s practically a custom rifle

Team Winchester’s Anthony Matarese Takes Top Spot At NSCA North Central Regional

Anthony Matarese schools competition at 2022 National Sporting Clays Association North Central Regional, held last month in Hainesville, Illinois

Katie Jacob Wins Women’s Gold At 2022 USA Shooting Skeet Championship

Katie Jacob wins USA Shooting Women’s Skeet National Championship by seven-point margin

New: SIG Sauer P365-XMACRO

SIG’s new P365-XMACRO 9 mm pistol has 17+1 round capacity in the P365’s one-inch profile

Vincent Hancock Wins 2022 USA Shooting Men’s Skeet Championship

2022 USA Shooting Shotgun Nationals end with skeet August 1-6 at Hillsdale College

Justine Williams: 7-Division USPSA Women’s National Champion

Justine Williams has secured the USPSA National Ladies title in seven different divisions

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.