I remember when this image started making the round of the internet a while ago. People would look at it and think “oh, that’s what I’m doing wrong” because their groups would be off, or they’d be throwing shots or something like that. The problem is that this image has almost nothing to do with modern, two handed defensive pistol shooting.
The first place I ever encountered this exact same chart was when I was shooting collegiate bullseye pistol over a decade ago. That’s what it was designed for – one handed, slow fire bullseye shooting. Not modern rapid fire defensive/practical shooting. The problem is that the image doesn’t take into account all the ways the support hand can affect your shooting. So a new shooter that’s been taught a proper modern grip and stance will just be confused by all the silly nonsense on this image.
If you’re really teaching people, teach them to be observant shooters. Read their sights. If you can teach a shooter to watch their sights rise and fall, they’ll know why their shots were going in certain places. For example, yesterday I was shooting a DA/SA Beretta 92 that was new to me. I was consistently throwing the DA shot low. I noticed that right before the shot broke, the front sight would dive in anticipation of recoil – this was because I’ve been shooting a DA revolver with a lighter trigger pull. So my brain “knew” that once it had applied X amount of force to the trigger, it was time to control recoil. If I was going to shoot the Beretta a lot, I’d correct this with dry fire. I was able to confirm the diagnosis by shooting my revolver and seeing that the gun wouldn’t dive in the DA shot.
But if all I had was this image, I would have thought I was jerking the gun or pushing too hard with my trigger finger.
It’s time to stop using this image. It’s not helpful for modern pistol craft. If you’re teaching a bullseye class, go ahead. But otherwise, let’s retire this old horse. Instead, use this image! It’s a lot more helpful.
Thanks to Andrew from Facebook for finding this for us.