3 Ways to Improve Your Accuracy with a Pistol

At Bristlecone Shooting, Training, and Retail Center, education is one of our core offerings. We believe safety, firearms familiarity, and skills improvement are paramount for every shooting sports enthusiast, as well as for any citizen that chooses the right to bear arms.

We have a variety of different shooting classes, from our ever-popular “Colorado Concealed Carry” class to our more technical courses such as “Defensive Focus Shooting” & “Advanced Pistol Handling”.  We realize that, for beginners, it can be very intimidating to be around more experienced shooters, and that is why we offer a variety of Denver shooting classes ranging from novice to expert level. At the end of the day, we want you to be comfortable and familiar with your firearm, and these courses allow you to take the necessary steps to be a safe and responsible Denver gun owner.

If you are interested in taking one of our Denver shooting classes, please don’t hesitate to look at our course calendar. No matter what your skill level, we have a class that will be right for you!

In the meantime, consider a few tips on improving your pistol shooting.

  1. Consider your shooting stance the foundation of your shot. If you the base of your body is not stable, it doesn’t take much to throw off your shot.  The recoil of your pistol tends to be disruptive to your stance, so you must ensure you’re comfortable and stable at all times. Please join us for one of our Denver gun classes for more tips and further instruction on how to make sure you are shooting at your best.
  2. Your handgun grip is another important thing to remember. We recommend that you grip the handgun fairly tightly (but relaxed) so only the trigger moves when you fire a round.  We like to compare a good grip on a gun like a firm handshake. A good grip reduces movement of non-trigger fingers, which will improve accuracy. Your forearm should also be in line with the gun to absorb the more recoil. Every shooter is different and our Denver gun class instructors will show you exactly what a proper grip looks and feels like.
  3. Your trigger pull has a big impact on your accuracy.  The goal is to pull the trigger slowly and firmly without jerking the handgun.  When the gun fires, the noise and recoil can be startling and it is easy to “jerk” the gun to the right or to the left.  Obviously if you “jerk” when the gun fires, your shot is going to be inaccurate. A great way to practice this is to dry-fire your pistol.  When dry-firing, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the trigger as well as notice if you are pulling to the right or to the left. After dry firing a few times without jerking the pistol, try with a live round and see if you notice a difference in your accuracy.  


The best thing you can do to improve your shooting is to come in and see one of our instructors for a private session or look into signing up for one of our Denver shooting classes. There are a lot of different strategies and philosophies to shooting, come in and see us today!