Free Downloadable Pistol Correction Targets
Get in the Ten Ring In No Time With These Free Targets
Having trouble getting your pistol rounds to go where you want them to? There are many factors that go into becoming a proficient handgun shooter. After perfecting (or, at least, moderately developing) core shooting principles like safety, stance, sight alignment and consistency it’s time to dial in other fundamentals like proper grip, trigger finger position, trigger pull/squeeze and work on consistency, proper breathing, not flinching, etc.
GunLink is here to help with free targets that you can download and print to help diagnose and remedy some common issues that pistol shooters face. Whether you are a pistol pro, a handgun hack or a revolver rookie, these targets are a great tool to troubleshoot your rounds right into the ten ring. Developed from data in the United States Army Marksmanship Training Unit Manual, the UIT (now ISSF) pistol book by John Chandler and the Target Pistol Shot Analysis documents from Target Shooting Canada, these targets are perfect for anyone wanting to improve or maintain their pistol shooting abilities. We have had good results using these targets to correct bad shooting practices and have got positive feedback from forum users who have tried them.
These targets are not just for live fire practice, either. If you have a laser training tool or a laser sight that lets you see where your dry-fire “shots” go, these targets are a valuable resource. Print off a target, aim at the bullseye, and pay attention to where your laser beam goes. GunLink staff keeps at least one spare in our range bag for reference to compare to where shots impact when shooting any target. Download and print the targets below.
Use the following links to download targets in PDF format. If you do not have software capable of viewing or printing PDF files, you can download Adobe Reader for free here.
About the Targets
The GunLink pistol correction targets, which are available in both left- and right-handed variations, each available with and without scoring rings, are divided into ten segments. The center of the target (where you want your round to hit) is surrounded by nine segments (where you don’t want your round to hit). Each of the nine segments is labeled with a common shooting issue that could cause (based on the materials mentioned above) a bullet fired at the center of the target to hit that segment. For right-handed shooters, the segments are marked as follows:
If your round is hitting high-center, your wrist may be breaking upward as you fire. To remedy this, be sure to keep your wrist firm as you fire the handgun.
If your round is hitting low-center, your wrist may be breaking downward as you fire or you may be pushing forward or drooping your head as you fire.
If your round is hitting center-left, you may be using too little of your trigger finger. Many agree that a good trigger finger placement is to have the trigger at your distal joint (the joint between the pads of your fingertip and mid-finger).
If your round is hitting center-right, you may be using too much trigger finger or you could be “thumbing” the pistol. Many agree that a good trigger finger placement is to have the trigger at your distal joint (the joint between the pads of your fingertip and mid-finger). Also be sure not to try to squeeze the pistol grip too firmly with the thumb of your trigger hand.
If your round is hitting high-left, you may be pushing the pistol in anticipation of recoil or may not be following through on your shot. Be sure to keep your wrist firm enough to account for recoil but not so firm that your muscles move the gun before/during/after the shot. Also, remember to keep proper form and grip throughout the shot.
If your round is hitting high-right, you may be heeling in anticipation of the handgun’s recoil. See note above.
If your round is hitting low-left (around 8 o’clock), you may be tightening your fingers too much as you fire the pistol. Hold your hand straight out in front of you and fold your fingers back and press the pads of your fingertips onto the heel of your hand. Generally, your hand will try to move slightly toward the inside of your wrist as your muscles tighten. You can see how this could be problematic.
If your round is hitting low-left (around 7 o’clock), you may be jerking or slapping the trigger during your shot. Make sure that your trigger pull is smooth and deliberate.
If your round is hitting low-right, you may be tightening your grip during your trigger pull. Hold your hand straight out in front of you and clench your fist. Generally, your hand will try to move slightly outward as you clench more tightly. You can imagine why this would be a problem and your rounds could end up here.
For left handed shooters, the above pattern would be a mirror image.
With a little practice on these targets you should have your rounds in the ten ring in no time. A friendly word advice that comes from experience: remember to keep a spare target at your shooting bench! It’s no fun squeezing off a round on the target only to realize that you can’t read the markings from your bench. When is that next cease fire, again?