Follow Through is the end of the cycle the fundamentals of handgun shooting. It is at this point, after you have fired a round that the fundamentals begin all over again. Resetting the trigger; obtain a proper sight alignment and sight picture, and begin asking yourself these important questions:
- Do I need to take another shot?
- If I do, will I hit my target?
Continuing to do everything that was being done at the time the shot was fired. Follow through prevents any unnecessary movement before the bullet exits the barrel.
Follow through is the continued steady pressure applied to the trigger until the trigger reaches its most rearward point of travel. If the shooter does not continue to apply the constant, even pressure during follow through, it is possible that the impact of the round could move on the target, thus spoiling an otherwise good shot. The key elements we teach are:
- Always finish the shot, never quit the shot.
- Keep the gun at eye level doing the exact same thing as the shot breaks that you were doing prior to the shot…aligning the sights, maintaining target acquisition.
- Maintain the gun in front of the eyes long enough to ask two questions:
- Did I hit the target?
- Did it work?