Shooting a Handgun from a Bench Rest
By Chuck Hawks
Consistency is one of the secrets to shooting a handgun well, whether offhand or from a bench rest. You must hold the gun in your hands exactly the same way and with exactly the same tension from shot to shot to optimize accuracy. (You must also focus on the front sight and squeeze the trigger properly, but that's another subject.)
The assumption here is that you are taking advantage of a bench rest to sight-in a pistol that will not normally be fired from a bench rest once the sights have been adjusted to your satisfaction. A hunting pistol, defensive pistol, target pistol, or plinking pistol, for example. Here are some simple suggestions that may help you sight-in your handgun from a bench rest.
These suggestions may not produce the smallest possible groups, but you should be able to shoot good groups--certainly better than you can shoot offhand. Most of all, they are intended to insure that after you have sighted-in your handgun from a bench rest, it will also be sighted-in when you shoot from unsupported positions. For additional information, see the article "How to Sight-in a Hunting Pistol," also on the Handgun Information Page. I hope that these suggestions help. Good shooting!
Copyright 2007 by Chuck Hawks. All rights reserved.