Proper Grip: Guidelines & Techniques for Recoil Control 


Of the fundamentals of shooting, the Stance and Grip are the most important for reducing felt recoil. Once you have decided on your solid stance, your grip is the next important key to master for controlling recoil. Individuals usually hold a firearm the way they pick it up, without much thought to how much their grip impacts the way they shoot. An improper physical grip and mental mindset almost always leads to not handling recoil well and poor target hits. Likewise, a proper grip will help absorb recoil, provide control and stability for getting more accurate shots, provide protection and safety from slide “bite” when the action moves the slide, and to prevent malfunctions and stoppages.

Overview of Classes

Crossfire CCW offers Basic Pistol Classes and Conceal Carry Classes



Basic Pistol Classes

Basic Pistol


A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn.

The Basic Pistol course can be as short as ten hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.”
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Lesson Plans


  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  3. Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  4. Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  5. Pistol Sports and Activities


The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.


Conceal Carry Classes

Missouri CCW

Missouri law requires 8 hours of instruction, which includes classroom time extensively covering Missouri carry laws and those pertaining to justifiable use of force. Also covered is safe gun handling, storage, cleaning, and ammunition types.

A live fire exercise is conducted, which includes shooting 20 out of a semi-auto and revolver out of each at a B27 

4 Options for Breath Control When Shooting


"To breathe or not to breathe," that is the question. Or maybe the question is what is the proper breathing technique when shooting or how long do you hold your breath if at all? William Shakespeare’s similar “To Be or Not To Be” question from his play in which Prince Hamlet gives his soliloquy about his life’s decisions seems to be applicable to us shooters. Do you hold your breath or not when you shoot a gun? If you breathe… what techniques are optimal for you to use. If you do not breathe and have a respiratory pause, how long should this last? Do you fire your shot at the end of your exhale when your lungs are empty or when you inhale and your lungs are full of air? What are your breath options when shooting?

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