Shot Sequence & Shot Analysis

"There is no secret to winning pistol matches. A correct application of the fundamentals will result in a perfection of performance that will give the shooter exacting control of his actions."

-Fort Benning lecture.


  1. Pick up pistol – place it carefully into the shooting hand, using the non-shooting hand to do it.

  2. Check your grip on the pistol – ensure that the sights are aligned naturally.

  3. Assume stance – check if you are aligned with the correct target. Adjust if necessary.

  4. Take one or two comfortably deep breaths.

  5. Extend your arm and pick up focus on the sights.

  6. Extend your natural respiratory pause whilst settling into aiming area.

  7. Begin the initial trigger pressure.

  8. Maintain sight alignment.

  9. Increase positive, rearward pressure on trigger.

  10. Concentrate on sight alignment.

  11. The shot should break during continuous trigger pressure and constant alignment of sights.

  12. Follow through on all fundamentals. (continue doing everything exactly the same way)

  13. Recall the sight picture at moment of shot break.

  14. Recall the action and manner or method of your trigger release.

  15. Analyse and nominate the shot.

  16. Check analysis. Correct where necessary.



  1. Check all aspects of your follow through.

  2. Describe your sight alignment, as it appeared when the shot broke.

  3. Recall details of trigger release.

  4. Nominate shot position as resulted from 2 and 3.

  5. Compare target hit location with your “shot call”.

  6. If the hit on the target is good or bad, determine cause.

  7. Watch for any error pattern that may form.

  8. Did the shot break in the normal holding area?

  9. Did you hold too long?

  10. Did you apply positive, straight to the rear trigger pressure?

  11. Did you maintain concentration throughout shot release?

  12. Did you get a surprise shot break?

  13. Were you concerned about results?

  14. Make positive solution statements in your shooting diary in order to ensure a technically correct delivery.


Do not neglect analysing your GOOD shots! This is just as – if not MORE – important than analysing mistakes. You must learn and remember KNOW how you fired these GOOD shots, the way they FEEL, so that you learn how to duplicate them again and again.