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Basics of Shooting According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

Basics of Shooting According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

Basics of Shooting According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

In our previous training blog we covered the basic safety fundamentals for shooting with any type of gun. As for this blog we’ll cover the basics of shooting as we learned it from our instructor who served as a Georgian Special Forces in the military.

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Holding a Pistol

Hands placement

The first thing you want to do is take your dominant hand and put it as high as possible on the pistol grip.

The second thing you want to do is take your non-dominant hand and wrap it around the pistol grip over your fingers.

Thumbs placement

The thing you want to notice is that your thumbs are doing what’s called “kissing” each other, which basically means they have to touch each other. When doing so, make sure you don’t interfere with the slight catch.

Grip strength

When it comes to how firmly you should hold the grip, basically it’s said that the dominant hand should use about 10 to 15% of the strength and rest comes from supporting or non-dominant hand.

Holding an AR

Hands placement

The first thing you want to do, is making sure your dominant hand is holding the pistol grip and your non-dominant hand or supporting hand is holding the hand guard or a grip mounted on the hand guard as far as possible to the front to manage recoil.

“Magwel gripping”

Some people tend to say that holding a magwell feels more comfortable. But most of the time that means that their buttstock is too far extended. So if that’s the case reduce the length of your buttstock until a point where it feels comfortable for you to hold the hand guard.

Buttstock placement

When it comes to the buttstock, make sure it’s fully placed on your shoulder, and not half way so you don’t make a rotation point for when your gun has recoil.

Eye dominance and aiming

Eye Dominance

It’s important to know what your dominant eye is and that you learn to shoot or work with your gun in that way. There is also the possibility that you are for example a right-handed shooter and a left-eye dominant person. This is what we call a “cross dominant” shooter. Most of the time these people have a harder time learning how to shoot.

Aiming with iron sights

It’s important that the front iron sight is sharp and the back iron sight and the target are blurry.

For shooters it’s extremely important to learn on how to focus on that front iron sight in order to shoot properly.

Combat body stances

Knowing how to hold a pistol is one thing, but knowing how to position your body is another. For this we’ll teach you 3 basic combat stances which are used for shooting with an AR or a pistol.

1. Isosceles Stance

For the isosceles stance you want to make sure your feet are standing next to one another in a straight line.

Next thing you want to notice is that your shoulders are placed above your knees and your knees are placed above your feet. For this you will put your butt a bit back.

Pros & cons

The pros of this stance are that you are very stable in a sideways motion and your armor is always placed upfront.

the cons of this position or stance is that you are not so stable in a forward backward motion and it’s also hard to make fast movements out of this position.

2. Weaver Stance

For this you want your feet to be placed in a boxing position. This basically comes down to putting the leg of the non-shooting side a bit forward and bending the knee. The rear leg should be almost stretched.

Pros & cons

The pros of this stance is that you are placing your body armor in front of you and you’re making yourself a slightly smaller target than with the isosceles stance. You are stable in all directions, and it’s easier to move from this stance to another position.

3. Modified Weaver Stance

Basically you want to start from a regular Weaver stance and put your forward leg a bit more forward. Then you want to rotate your upper body in order to make yourself the smallest targets possible. This is one of its advantages.

Pros & cons

The disadvantages of this third stance is that you are exposing your armpit, which is not protected by any sort of armor and it’s also harder to switch shoulders.

Two tips for stances


When you aim down your sights you want to make sure to bend your arms a bit in order to better manage recoil. This might also help you out to focus on that front iron sight.


Use the stance you feel the most comfortable in. This might even change depending on the situation.


Remind that we can show you the things we’ve learned, but you still have to do some training at home in order to become better, even if it’s just dry firing at home and minding the things we’ve told you.

Professional training

But for professional training we recommend you to check out and take contact with the instructor Delta at deltasurvivalschool.com.

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