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How to Aim a Glock (2022 UPDATED) Full Resource

How To Aim A Glock

During the 1990s, mainstream movies introduced Glocks to the public. This semi-automatic pistol has grabbed everyone’s attention, whether gun enthusiast or not. It has a simple design, and yes, you can use it right out of the box.

But before that, let us guide you on how to aim a Glock properly.

1. Use A Comfortable Firing Stance

The firing stance is the foundation of every shooting experience, but sometimes it is the most overlooked aspect. Every step on this list contributes to nothing if a person does not have a solid shooting stance. To find which stance works best for you, we suggest constant practice.

A solid stance equates to proper balance and disposition of the body. As long as you’re not going to stumble as your body takes in a recoil, then it’s a good stance. 

2. Load Your Glock

Observe proper precautions before loading your handgun. Always remember to direct the muzzle on the ground and treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Keep your finger away from the trigger control and out of the trigger guard.

Now, hold the flat of the loaded magazine against the backstrap of the pistol. Guide the loaded magazine until you hear a clicking sound. You should check if the magazine is set in a proper place to avoid any damage.

3. Grasp Your Glock Using Your Strong Hand

Grab your Glock on a high grip using your strong hand. Then, place the backstrap on the hollow between your index finger and thumb. Wrap the rest of your three fingers around the grip.

Next, using your weak hand for support, fill in the spaces in the grip with your four fingers. The thumb of your weak hand rests in the frame of the pistol. Now, hold your firearm on a firm grip and not on a “death grip.”

4. Line Up Your Shot At A Target

Lining up your shot on a dead center of the target requires special attention.

We call the alignment of the front sight and the rear sight to your aim point a good sight picture. And the bullet hits more accurately if you have the correct sight picture.

Hold the gun steady. Notice that the top of the front sight becomes your focal point of aim. It is because the rear sight and the target will blur the longer you concentrate.

Line Up Your Shot At A Target

5. Control Breathing

Proper breathing can help you ease the tension in your muscles as you start to fire. Maintained oxygen levels enable the organs to function properly, especially the eyes. That is why we do not recommend you hold your breath while firing. 

We suggest a slow and deep breathing pattern to avoid moving your shoulders. Dry firing is an important practice here. At the same time, your body will incorporate your breathing practice once you begin shooting with live fire.

6. Use A Glock Sight (Optional)

Shooters in the competition have most probably replaced their factory Glock sights with a more refined one. An upgrade can help with the accuracy of the shot and the speed of shooting. One of the most common upgrades on sights is the Glock night sights.

These Glock sights are present in vibrant colors to be more visible in faintly lit areas. Though some of the latest ones include Glock sights in their package, it is usually beneficial in competitions and shooting ranges. Learn how to change Glock sights here. 

7. Raise Your Glock

Raise your Glock as you hold the proper sight picture steadily. Lean your body weight forwards towards your raised arms. Don’t recede your body before shooting; it is one of the bad habits that can cause you to lose your balance.

Eye dominance is important to understand as you prepare to shoot. Most people have the dominant hand and dominant eye on one side, while some are cross-dominants. It means that they can be left-handed but right-eye dominant or right-handed but left-eye dominant.

Shooters have an option to shoot using one eye or both of their eyes open. We’ll show you how to build a Glock here

Raise Your Glock

8. To Avoid Flinching, Use Ear Muffs

Flinching is our body’s reaction to loud sounds or anticipating recoil. When this happens, the handgrip becomes unstable, causing the pistol to slip and mess up the proper sight alignment. In a competition shooting, this means trouble.

The use of earmuffs is also a useful protective gear. Constant exposure to more than 140 decibels sounds can cause irreversible damage to our ears [1]. We recommend visiting an audiologist to determine the right earmuffs for you.

9. Carefully Pull The Trigger

Raise your Glock as you hold the proper sight picture steadily. Lean your body weight forwards towards your raised arms. Don’t recede your body before shooting; it is one of the bad habits that can cause you to lose your balance.

Eye dominance is important to understand as you prepare to shoot. Most people have the dominant hand and dominant eye on one side, while some are cross-dominants. It means that they can be left-handed but right-eye dominant or right-handed but left-eye dominant.

Shooters have an option to shoot using one eye or both of their eyes open.

Carefully Pull The Trigger

10. Carefully Unload Your Glock Before Putting It Away

Make sure to unload any firearm carefully after using it. Owners should do this step before putting the gun in any compartment or taking it home. Place the gun and its ammunition into separate containers to avoid any accident during transport.

Designate a safe place in your house or your car that is beyond the reach of unsupervised children and unfit adults. Lastly, open the action of your firearm when you’re not using it. [2] Find out how to disassemble a Glock magazine here

FAQS

Yes, dry firing can help you aim better with your Glock pistol. Regular dry fire practice can also help you have a good grip, a better sight alignment, and proper trigger control of your firearm. Repetition is the key to making shooting seem like second nature to you.

Yes, it is easy to aim a Glock. Just focus on the front as you align the two sights with the sight post. Finally, find a proper balance, stable breathing pattern, and a precise trigger finger.

So, How Do You Aim A Glock?

The only thing that can help you aim a Glock properly is through regular practice. Find a solid stance and the right safety equipment. 

Hold your firearm tight as you align with the gun sights. The two Glock sights are the front sights and the rear sights. You can aim your front sight at your target using one eye or both eyes open.

Control your breathing. The use of dominant hands gives more stability while shooting. Then, repeat every step. 

Despite how cool it looks in movies, guns are deadly weapons. We always have to be careful when using it.

References:

  1. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tf4173
  2. https://www.nssf.org/safety/rules-firearms-safety/

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