The very best way to improve your shooting is to not go shooting. That’s right. Stay home. Do not go to the range. Do not pass Go and do not spend $200 on ammo. Yet.
Here’s why. Of all the things required to make an accurate shot—sight alignment, sight picture, trigger press and follow through—trigger press is the hardest to master and easiest to mess up. For a shot to go where you are aiming, you need to press the trigger until the gun fires, and you need to do it without moving the gun at all. Simple math will show you why it’s not easy.
A handgun weighs a couple of pounds, give or take depending on the model. An average handgun trigger requires four pounds or more of pressure to break for the shot. Unless you have solid technique, the gun will move as you apply pressure to the trigger, because the gun is lighter than the applied pressure. For this reason, developing perfect trigger technique is the most productive thing you can do to improve your shooting.
I constantly hear newer gun owners pronounce a handgun inaccurate, or say the sights are a bit off. Most of the time the gun is just fine. Any modern gun, clamped in a vise, is capable of putting shots into a circle a couple of inches in diameter at a range of 25 yards. It’s the shooter who blows it.