Kevin Michalowski, USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer, has a tip to help shooters with recoil control. Recoil management is important for speed, accuracy and comfort.

Why Recoil Management Is an Important Skill

Firstly, managing recoil allows for faster and more accurate follow-up shots. When a gun recoils, it moves upward and backward, away from the shooter’s line of sight. If the shooter cannot control kickback, the gun will move out of the line of sight. He or she will have to readjust the aim before taking another shot. This can slow down the rate of fire and decrease accuracy.

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Recoil control can also reduce felt recoil, the sensation of the gun moving against the shooter’s body. A gun with less recoil will be more comfortable to shoot, which can again lead to better accuracy, as well as less fatigue.

How to Reduce Kickback

There are several ways gun owners can manage recoil. A muzzle break is one mechanical way to reduce the feeling of a gun’s kickback. Gun owners can also opt for a heavier gun. Greater mass helps to counteract recoil.

However, one of the most effective is to use proper shooting technique. This includes holding the gun firmly, using a good grip, and keeping the shooter’s body in a stable position. By using proper technique, the shooter can help to keep the gun steady.

How to Set Up Your Grip + a Tip

To improve your grip, hold the firearm with your strong hand. Then wrap your other strong hand around the front. Now, here’s the secret. Tilt that other strong hand a little bit forward.

This tilt will create a biomechanical lock in your forearm. The muzzle won’t climb as much when you roll your wrist forward and press the trigger rapidly.