Tanner's Gun Reviews

   By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

Glock Shooting Tips

What is a Glock? Glock is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Glock Ges.m.b.H in Austria. Gaston Glock was the company's founder. He specialized in advanced synthetic polymers and was responsible for the first successful line of pistols with a polymer frame. They are well known for their light weight, ruggedness and reliability.

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Glock Shooting

Shooting a Glock is the same as shooting any similar automatic pistol. You need to practice the basics of correct sight picture, trigger squeeze, good grip and good stance. Don’t over-practice. If you get tired you shooting will get sloppy and you will develop bad habits that are hard to break. Glock DVD: How to Shoot

Glock Shooting Tips & Techniques

See also Rangemaster Handgun Shooting Tips.

  1. Eat at least two hours before shooting to prevent dizziness, light headedness or shaking. Bring water and snacks to the range with you to keep hydrated and to munch on.

  2. Rest and calm yourself before shooting.

  3. Practice a lot and practice correctly. The more you practice good Glock shooting techniques the more your body and muscles get conditioned for better shooting. Avoid bad shooting techniques as they will be hard to shake later.

  4. Choose a stance that is right for you. People come in all different shapes and sizes with different strengths and weaknesses. Choosing the proper stance for you will give you a strong foundation to absorb the most recoil and to control the motion of the Glock. Try each of the shooting stances and stick with the one that is best for you.

  5. Breathing Control - Control your breathing while shooting. Take a deep breath. Let out half a breath. Make your shot. Exhale.

Glock Grip

  1. Grasp the pistol in your strong hand as high up as possible to provide good control and leverage. The webbing between the thumb and the forefinger should press firmly into the top of the back of the grip.

  2. Point your trigger finger pointing straight down-range along the side of the gun.

  3. Position your middle finger under the trigger guard. Your three lower fingers wrap around the grip.

  4. Place your weak hand thumb against the Glock's grip. Position it just below and parallel to the slide. Your weak hand should wrap around the fingers of your strong hand.

  5. Position your strong hand thumb on top of your weak hand thumb.

  6. Your strong hand should have a firm grip, but not so tight as your knuckles turn white.

  7. Your trigger finger should be relaxed.

  8. Rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil. Your forearm should extend directly back from the center line of the weapon.

Glock Trigger Control

  1. Dry firing your Glock is the best way to develop good trigger control.
    Aim the gun at a target using the sights and pull the trigger normally. Keep looking at the sights. If the sights or target shift during or after trigger pull you need some work on your trigger pull. Practice dry firing by pulling the trigger slowly and smoothly. Try different amounts of finger pressure on the trigger. The key is not to let the sight picture move while you are pulling the trigger. Once you achieve this keep practicing until it becomes second nature to you.

  2. After dry firing go to the range for some live fire.
    Use bulls eye targets at close range (10-15 feet) to allow you to see the holes as you make them. This will provide instant feedback to correct your technique. Do not try to shoot fast. Shoot slowly and concentrate on your actions of pulling the trigger. Pull the trigger smoothly. Do not jerk it. Squeeze the trigger gradually such that when the round is fired it comes as a surprise to you. After the round is fired do not release the trigger fully, just release it enough so that it clicks. This will minimize finger movement and help keep the gun steady.

Glock Shooting Stance

Face the target. Position your feet with your "weak" foot and shoulder slightly in front of the strong. This wll allow your forearm to extend directly back from the center line of the weapon. Grip the gun and rotate your wrists a little bit downward and forward to prevent flipping up during recoil. Lean your body a little bit foreword to prevent the recoil from throwing you off balance.

Flinching or Anticipating Recoil of Your Glock

That loud bang you hear is one of the causes of flinching. Try reducing the noise by using better ear muffs or use a combination of ear muffs and ear plugs.

Glock Shooting Mistakes

  1. Shooting high - anticipating recoil or breaking wrist up, pushing or healing.

  2. Shooting to the right - squeezing thumb or too much trigger finger.

  3. Shooting to the left - too little trigger finger or tightening fingers.

  4. Shooting low - tightening grip while pulling trigger or jerking or slapping trigger or breaking wrist down, pushing forward or drooping head.

From the Glock Website

"THE top product among the small arms of the world is without doubt the GLOCK "Safe Action" pistol. It employs innovative safety features which makes the pistol easy to operate. No other pistol offers a better price-performance ratio. Its minimum weight and legendary GLOCK reliability are unsurpassed." (www.glock.com)

Glock Pistol Models

Glock come in STANDARD COMPACT SUBCOMPACT SUBCOMPACT models in a variety of calibers. 9x19 mm - G17, G19, G26, G34; .40 - G22, G23, G27, G35; 10 mm AUTO - G20, G29; .45 G.A.P. - G37, G38, G39; .45 AUTO - G21, G30, G36; .380 AUTO - G25, G28; .357 - G31, G32, G33


Feedback & Comments


My Glock 38 Shoots High

February 05, 2012
I just purchased my first glock. its a g38 .45 GAP. after reading reviews and dozens of videos this should be a accurate pistol. i love the action and feel, but firing at 20-25 yrds aiming dead on it was shooting high and seemed like there was no correcting it at all. i was shooting american eagle 185 gr. could it just be bad ammo? i hate to say its me because others as well had problems. i shot a SIG 380 same range and tore the center target into. made my g38 look silly. any help or advice? i hate not to be able to be one of the hundreds who hold this gun highly. thanks.

Response - Ricky,

Since you are shooting and hitting a target 75 feet away, that indicates that you are a pretty good shot (depending on target size).

There are only three things that I can think of the can affect the accuracy of your shot, 1) the ammo, 2) the shooter and 3) the gun sights.

This is what I would do to find out what's wrong.

1) The Ammo

I really can't understand how bad ammo could make a bullet shoot high. Bad ammo can affect performance of the action of a pistol (jams, malfunctions, ect.) but how could it make the bullet shoot higher? Bullet types of the ammo shouldn't make it shoot higher. Powder charge can change the speed of the bullet but shouldn't make it go up. Neither should the primer or the case. Maybe I am just missing something here, but I would try using a couple of other brands of ammo just to make sure.

2) The Shooter

Recoil Anticipation
According to the trouble shooting target wheel, shooting too high generally means that the shooter is anticipating recoil too much or is breaking his wrist. Have you shot other 45 caliber pistols without this problem before? I would try other 45 caliber pistols at your 20-25 yard target to see if the problems persists. Then I would try shooting at 15-20 feet to diagnose the problem further.

Trigger/Trigger Pull
It could be just a matter of getting use to the Glock trigger. Glocks have a different trigger pull. You may want to look into changing the connector of your 'trigger system if it turns out to be your problem.

3) The Gun

Glock Sights
It could be just a matter of getting use to the Glock sights. Or, to test your sights you may want to get a laser bore sighter and test the sights. While you are at, it you might want to dry fire with the laser to check your "hits" to see if it is your technique. If your sights are off you may want to replace them with other sights. I like the Ghost rings sights myself.

Good luck,


Follow-up Email
Thank you very much for your help. Yes, i am use to shooting smaller cal pistols and may be just to use to there recoil, and yes i will admit, it could be me having never shot a glock and getting use to the feel. i am not use to shooting .45 cal. i am going to take the advice of the laser and im pretty sure i will find myself pulling up as i pull the trigger lol.



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MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.