Here’s my thought process whenever I make a good shot (defined as a 9 or better on a 25 yard B-8):

  • “Crush” grip. Like, I crunch down with everything. Death grip it. I’ve been experimenting with this in dry fire, and it seems to help. But not crushed so much that the sights wobble. It’s an easy point to find.
  • Trigger finger as far in as possible.
  • Laser focus on sight alignment, specifically the up-down component.
  • Taking the slack out of the trigger, then refining and finalizing sights.
  • Moving ONLY THE TRIGGER FINGER, breaking the shot.

When I do all of these things, the shots go into the black. My errors show up, I think, when I focus too much on everything except sight alignment and a truly isolated trigger press.

Dry firing should help program most of these things into my subconscious mind, so I won’t have to focus on them as much. It helps to know WHAT to work on in dry fire.


A lot of my troubles might be solvable with a “crush” grip. Perhaps “overgripping” the gun minimizes my old troubles of releasing grip tension during the shot. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the sights and a clean,¬†isolated trigger press, I don’t see much of a downside.


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