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AUTOMATIC PISTOL, CAL..45, M1911 AND M1911A1 (c) The muscles of the arm are firm without being rigid. There should be no bending of the arm at the elbow when the pistol is fired. On the other hand, the arm should not be locked at the elbow. When the firer is shooting prop- erly, after recoil the pistol arm should automatically carry the pistol back to the position shown in figure 12. (2) How to bold the breath.-(a) The proper method of holding the breath is important because without instruction many men hold the breath in the wrong way or do not hold it at all. (b) To hold the breath, draw into the lungs a little more air than an ordinary breath, let a little of the air out and stop the rest by closing the throat. Do not hold the breath FIGURE 11.-How to grasp the pistol. with the throat open or by the muscular effort of the diaphragm. (3) Position of the body (fig. 12).-(a) The position of the body is a little more than half faced to the left, the feet 12 or 18 inches apart, depending on the man, the head erect, and the body perfectly balanced when the pistol is held in the shooting position. (b) The whole position should be natural and comfortable. Upon assuming the position there is some point to which the pistol points naturally and without effort. If this point is not the center of the target the whole body must be shifted so as to bring the target into proper alinement. Otherwise the firer will be firing under a strain because he will be pulling

M1911 Manual - Page 43

M1911 Manual - Page 43

 


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