Chris Sajnog teaches how to shoot a pistol without shaking.

Hand Tremors When Shooting a Pistol – How to Stop Shaking

Hey guys, what’s going on, I’m retired Navy Seal, Chris Sajnog, and founder of The New Rules of Marksmanship training system. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to stop hand tremors when shooting a pistol. Now let’s go ahead and get started.

So a lot of people will have the problem of their hands shaking when they’re shooting a pistol. It’s very common. If this is a problem you have, the first thing I want to tell you is that you’re never going to be able to shoot a gun that is perfectly stable. 

The second thing is if you are keeping proper sight alignment and proper front sight focus when you’re shooting, the amount that you would miss that shot that you take is only going to be the amount that your hands are shaking. Now some people will call this a wobble.

If you’re wobbling or if your shaking is bigger than the target that you’re shooting at, then you probably should not be shooting a firearm. Maybe you have some neurological condition that a firearms instructor like myself will not be able to help you with. As far as shooting, I do have a few tips that can help you out with your hand shaking when shooting.

Chris Sajnog gives techniques on how to stop shaking when shooting a pistol

#1 Gripping The Gun Too Hard

Alright, so tip number one to stop hand tremors when shooting is that you’re gripping the gun too hard. If you follow me in how I teach shooting, I teach that when you grip the gun you should grip it with 100% and 100% grip with both hands. Now what I don’t mean by that is that you’re going past 100%.

If you squeeze your gun too hard you’re gonna see that it starts shaking because you’re trying to put more pressure on the gun than your hands will allow. If you’re doing that, that’s going to cause shaking. 

What I want you to do is just grip the gun hard, but not more than your grip strength will allow. You can help this out by improving your grip strength. There are lots of ways to do that. I recommend that you try that out.

#2 Not Breathing

Number two is not breathing. When you’d hold your breath, there are a ton of physiological changes that happen in your body. And one of those is muscle tremors. Those muscle tremors always start in the smallest muscles in your body. 

You’ll usually notice them in the first place in your eyelids, but then in small muscles in your hands. Make sure you’re breathing and getting oxygen into your muscles to stop that shaking. 

#3 Relax

The third and last way is just to relax. Shooting should be fun, and it is fun. If you’ve practiced properly, you can go to the range to relax and enjoy it. So don’t be stressed. 

The easiest way that I’ve found to make sure that your body is relaxed is before you shoot, just wiggle your toes. The nerve it takes to wiggle your toes is one of the longest nerves in your body. So for you to be able to move your toes. That means that throughout your whole body, your body has to relax and use those nerves to wiggle your toes.

You’re going to see that you naturally calm down and stop your hand tremors when shooting and you’re able to shoot without your hands wiggling or shaking. So those are three tips. I hope they’ve helped you out and until next time, keep paving your path to perfection. 

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