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Breaking the Shot – Handgun 101 with Top Shot Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng teaches how to effectively break the shot

Top Shot Champion Chris Cheng demonstrates for beginners how to bring all the shooting fundamentals together to effectively break the shot. Firearm instructors and experienced shooters are encouraged to watch and share these tips with newcomers to the shooting sports. Watch on TouTube

Transcription – Chris Cheng

so let’s talk about putting all the

fundamentals of marksmanship together

and break the shot so in previous videos

we’ve talked about sight alignment sight

picture trigger control and breathing

control and so let’s put all that

together when you’re actually taking a

shot so got my Glock 19 here I’m going

to go ahead and load up make sure I’d

seat that magazine I’m gonna press that

slide release and I now have a loaded

pistol now I’m in an Anasazi stance I’m

gonna go ahead and bring the sights up

my trigger finger is off the trigger

because right now I’m aligning my sights

on target now my sight picture looks

like my front sight is on target and I’m

going to bring my focus to that front

sight now I’m ready to shoot I’m gonna

place my trigger finger on the trigger

I’m going to take a breath I’m gonna

exhale exhale exhale and as I’m exhaling

I’m applying pressure to the trigger at

the trough or when I’m almost out of

breath break the shot now one thing to

notice I’m going to break my left hand

here notice that I’ve trapped the

trigger now a part of shooting and

marksmanship is all about efficiency of

movement so I’m gonna release the

pressure off the trigger until I feel a

click right there so the efficient part

here is I didn’t release and let my

finger fly off the trigger and I only

moved my trigger finger as little as

possible till I felt that reset I’m

gonna get my good grip back on and go

through the whole process again align my

sights my sight picture is on target and

my focus is on my front sight I’m gonna

take a breath here exhale exhales I’m

applying more pressure more pressure

more pressure and there you go broke the

shot and again trap that trigger I’m

gonna go ahead and unload here alright

so as with anything this takes a lot of

practice of putting together all the

fundamentals of marksmanship sight

alignment sight picture trigger control

breathing control these are the

fundamentals that I focused on when I

trained for top shot and what took me

from self-taught amateur to top shot

champion hope you enjoy and as always

firearm safety begins with you


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One thought on “Breaking the Shot – Handgun 101 with Top Shot Chris Cheng

  1. Bridget says:

    Very informative. I learned this when I took my NRA basic pistol shoring, but it’s been a while. Nice refresher.

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