Hunting with handguns has been growing in popularity in recent years. Many of the fundamentals of rifle shooting also apply to handguns.
Loading and Handling
- Single-action revolvers typically load through a gate on the right side of the frame. To rotate the cylinder, pull the hammer back to half-cock. For a safer carry in the holster or hand, leave an empty chamber in front of the hammer.
- Double-action revolvers have cylinders that fall downward, exposing all chambers for loading.
- Semi-automatics usually fire rounds stored in a magazine that is inserted in the grip or handle.
Position and Grip
- Body position and grip are vital to hitting the target. The hand position on the grip of a pistol is especially critical. Although the grip configuration of the revolver and semi-automatic are different, the gripping procedure is the same.
- Hold the handgun high on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows better repeat shots and more accurate shooting. Use a two-handed hold whenever possible, applying pressure from front to rear.
- When hunting, use a tree trunk, steady limb, or other stable object as a rest. Placing some padding, such as a hat or a jacket, on top of a hard rest helps with your aim.