Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tips for Properly Gripping a Handgun

Learning how to properly grip your handgun is the best way to improve your accuracy while keeping yourself safe when firing in practice, competition and high-stress situations. The proper handgun grip will reduce the possibility of accidents including misfires and losing control of your weapon while training your body to begin to naturally react using the right muscles in the right way. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips that we feel will help improve your handgun grip for improved accuracy and optimal handgun safety.

·        Grip for Recoil – Pistols recoil in an up and down motion, but many people place most of their grip on the left and right sides of the pistol grip. While it is important to have a firm grip on the sides of the pistol grip, the best way to control recoil is to brace along the backside of the pistol grip. The palm of your firing hand should be placed as high on the backside of the pistol grip as possible and the fingers of that hand should grip tightly to the front of the pistol grip.
·        Support Hand Grip – While both hands should grip tightly, the support hand should be the dominant hand when it comes to tightness. The tightness of the firing hand should be adjusted according to how that hand moves when pulling the trigger. With the support hand controlling the majority of the recoil, you will be free to adjust your firing hand more freely.
·        Left and Right Side Grip –   As we mentioned before, the left and right sides of a pistol grip is usually where in-experienced shooters apply the most pressure. Both hands should be adjusted according to how bullets are hitting the targets – if shots pull left, try gripping tighter with the left hand, and if shots are pulling to the right, consider increasing pressure on your right hand – or slightly reducing pressure with your left hand (this should be used as a general rule of thumb and adjustments will be specific to your grip technique).
·        Lock it Up – An important aspect of controlling recoil and improving accuracy is to keep your elbows and wrists in a locked position. This doesn’t mean your elbows are fully extended, but that the muscles are evenly bracing for the impending recoil. Practice returning your upper body to the original firing position immediately after each pull of the trigger. Over time, this will tighten groupings and allow you more control over you weapon before, during and after each shot.

These are just a few tips for improving your handgun grip. Learning the proper handgun grip is an important aspect of handgun safety and increased awareness and knowledge is key to being a responsible gun owner. Tell us your favorite tips for improving your handgun grip in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Safely Setup Steel Targets

For firearm enthusiasts, shooting steel targets provides much more satisfaction than shooting other types of materials including paper targets and rubber plates or paddles. Steel targets provide the satisfying sound that lets shooters know their target has been hit and easily outlast every other type of material used to make targets. At XSteel Targets, we use AR500 steel to manufacture our targets, stands and target accessories, due to its ability to withstand thousands of impacts from even the larger caliber rifles. Steel targets are extremely reliable, but many people have serious concerns about shooting steel, so we thought we’d go through some of them here to alleviate misconceptions.


  • The Rounds Bouncing Back – When steel targets are properly set up, projectiles should bounce down, not back. When static targets are set up, they should be slightly tilted forward to force all rebounding shots towards the ground. Once a round has struck the target, bounced down to the ground and continued on, the speed of the projectile should have slowed enough to minimize any risk. You will notice that some fragments end up in your 2x4 or 4x4 wooden posts, so we sell protective plates made of the same AR500 steel material.


  • Staying Far Back from Steel Targets – It’s a good idea to stay far back from any target on a shooting range; even rubber targets can be dangerous if not properly set up. With AR500 steel targets, your distance will depend on what you are shooting. For example, when shooting .45ACP handgun rounds, a minimum distance of 10 yards should be maintained. When shooting the 308Win or AR15, a minimum distance of 100 yards should be maintained to minimize any risk of injury.


  • AR500 Steel Targets are Expensive – Have you seen our prices? Modern technology has made manufacturing AR500 steel targets extremely affordable and buying steel targets is an investment that, depending on how often they are used, can last for years. We also use CNC machining to cut our steel targets, which is faster, much more accurate and allows the steel to maintain its integrity. Buying AR500 steel targets also means you will be buying fewer targets.


  • I Don’t Need Steel Targets – Yes, you do. Using AR500 steel targets is the best way to monitor and improve accuracy. Applying a coat of spray paint to your steel targets allows you to see how your groupings are improving by focusing on separate sections of a single target. Using steel targets allows you to adjust your technique or equipment without constantly setting up new paper targets or buying new rubber targets that can only withstand a minimal amount of high impacts. 


We have been manufacturing and using AR500 steel targets for years and have designed our targets, stands and accessories to provide the safest, most reliable shooting experience on the market. When our stands are properly set up and proper distances are maintained, these targets should provide years of safe use as you improve your accuracy with each shot. What are your experiences with shooting steel targets? Share your thoughts below!