Breath Control
This is by far my toughest obstacle to overcome.  When you are shooting you are so busy concentrating on your grip, your stance, your sight picture that you forget about breathing. No I do not mean that you are going to pass out, but I do mean that you do not concentrate on your breathing to help steady your shot.  Even though breath control is much less important in pistol shooting than in rifle, however, it is still important enough to cause a miss, especially at long range (25 yards or more). Proper breath control is often difficult to accomplish when shooting pistol, because there is a greater demand for oxygen by our bodies. Usually we are standing up and holding a pistol up at almost the end of arm’s reach, and sometimes we’ve been running/moving, etc., etc. All these activities demand more oxygen, so we breathe heavier. Proper breath control is to take several (usually 3) deep breaths and then take in a fourth and hold it or slightly let it out while squeezing the trigger. This is usually not possible when shooting a pistol. Due to the movement of the shooter’s arms and body, a perfect sight picture that would be disturbed by improper breath control is impossible anyway. Therefore, the best method in pistol shooting is to keep breathing, but to control the breaths so that chest movements do not aggravate the amount of movement already created by the arms. I advocate taking deep controlled breaths while moving, drawing, getting behind cover, etc., and then going to “baby breaths” while actually aiming and squeezing the trigger.  Hopefully with this tip you can go to the range and throw some lead down range a little straighter than you did before.

Breath Control

This is by far my toughest obstacle to overcome.  When you are shooting you are so busy concentrating on your grip, your stance, your sight picture that you forget about breathing. No I do not mean that you are going to pass out, but I do mean that you do not concentrate on your breathing to help steady your shot.  Even though breath control is much less important in pistol shooting than in rifle, however, it is still important enough to cause a miss, especially at long range (25 yards or more). Proper breath control is often difficult to accomplish when shooting pistol, because there is a greater demand for oxygen by our bodies. Usually we are standing up and holding a pistol up at almost the end of arm’s reach, and sometimes we’ve been running/moving, etc., etc. All these activities demand more oxygen, so we breathe heavier. Proper breath control is to take several (usually 3) deep breaths and then take in a fourth and hold it or slightly let it out while squeezing the trigger. This is usually not possible when shooting a pistol. Due to the movement of the shooter’s arms and body, a perfect sight picture that would be disturbed by improper breath control is impossible anyway. Therefore, the best method in pistol shooting is to keep breathing, but to control the breaths so that chest movements do not aggravate the amount of movement already created by the arms. I advocate taking deep controlled breaths while moving, drawing, getting behind cover, etc., and then going to “baby breaths” while actually aiming and squeezing the trigger.  Hopefully with this tip you can go to the range and throw some lead down range a little straighter than you did before.