Marksmanship Fundamentals

Handgun Marksmanship: The Basics


David T.

Achieving a balance of speed and accuracy with handguns is not easy. Just to maintain a level of proficiency takes moderate dedication, dry fire, and live fire practice. As an active duty Special Forces Soldier, I attended the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC). It wasn't until after I had graduated that some of the marksmanship lessons began to sink in. In simple speak, we learned the basics of handgun and carbine shooting through practice and repetition. Slowly our movements became smooth, and smoothness made us fast. The bottom line is no matter how fast you are if you do not hit what you are aiming at you aren't effective. Problems tend to compound with stress, particularly under life-threatening circumstances. Understanding and training the basics helps to correct deficiencies, increasing your ability to defend yourself should the need arise. This short lesson is designed to familiarize new shooters with the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship.