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As you aim your handgun, follow these guidelines.

  • When using an open sight, focus on the front sight. The target and the rear sight should appear blurred or fuzzy.
  • If you are a beginner, aim at the bottom center of the bull’s-eye. This is known as the “six-o’clock hold” because the location matches six o’clock on the face of an analog clock.
  • Aim with your dominant eye, but keep both eyes open. This will give you more light and better depth perception.
  • Realize that you cannot hold the handgun completely still while aiming. To reduce the amount of movement, rest between shots and do not grip the gun too tightly.
Aiming a handgun