Shooting an upside down pistol

G43 Left upside down

I was recently at the IraqVeteran8888 farm in Georgia and had a great time filming video with him. If you aren’t familiar with IV8888, check out his YouTube channel. He took a liking to my Salient Arms Tier 1 Glock 34 and started shooting it upside down, a neat trick he said he picked up when Jerry Miculek came to film with him a few months back. Eric here is shooting at a steel plate 70 yards out, which is quite impressive:

This is actually a lot easier than it looks, and I wanted to provide some quick guidance if you’re interested in trying this yourself:

1. Load up your semi-auto pistol or revolver and careful turn it upside down. Obviously, be very careful to keep your muzzle pointed downrange, and remember now that your pinky is your trigger finger. Keep it out of the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot.

2. Your iron sights are going to work exactly the same. It’s just that your sight picture will look different.

3. I advise using just one pinky but if your pinky is weak you can try using both pinkies.

4. Seeing as you probably don’t practice trigger control with your pinky, just remember your core marksmanship fundamentals. A nice, slow, smooth squeeze to the rear — and wait for that surprise break.

5. If you’re shooting semi-auto, the most important thing you need to be aware of is keeping your wrists out of the way of the slide. Notice how Eric in the above video has his elbows bent which naturally pulls his wrists to the side. If you don’t keep your wrists out of the way, you may give yourself a nice slice in the wrist (insert bloody, wrist spurting fantasy here). All joking aside, what’s dangerous here is if you have additional rounds in the mag and you drop the gun, which is undesirable.

If you have any good tips/tricks on shooting an upside down pistol, as always please comment below!



Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.

www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • RICH

    YEP….. JUST WHAT I WOULD WANT TO BECOME PROFICIENT IN !….. SHOOTING MY GLOCK UPSIDE DOWN….. WTF ! ! SAFETY IS THE MAIN ISSUE IN ANY FIREARMS RELATED ACTIVITY. I WOULD NEVER ATTEMPT TO PROTECT MYSELF OR MY FAMILY BY ATTEMPTING TO WARD OFF A CRIMINAL WHILE HOLDING MY PISTOL UPSIDEDOWN ! …… “TRICK SHOOTING” IS NOT FOR SELF-DEFENSE ! ! !

    • Kevin McCallister

      A. Do they look to you like they’re training for self defense?
      B. Yes, it’s a little strange but they do seem conscious of proper safety.
      C. A good chunk of why most of us are in this hobby is to have fun. Trick shooting is fun. It’s not that complicated.
      D. Turn off the caps lock, for the love of everything holy.

    • A Changed Soul

      You’re right, I keep going to the range distracting myself with all of this fun getting better at shooting. No more. Range time should not be fun time, going out with your friends, seeing what you can do with different guns, and so on. Range time is a chore, like doing dishes, because it’s do or die out on the streets. Tomorrow, I’m selling all of my guns except my carry gun, backup carry, carbine, and precision rifle. That should give me the money to stock up on ammo and spare parts.

    • lucusloc

      Dude, don’t forget to take your meds, you weird people out when you do.

      Now repeat after me: “Trick shooting is fun!”

      • hikerguy

        I think it should be a new Olympic event!

  • Ben

    Something not mentioned: why you would want to do this. In the video I saw, Eric was trying to shoot a .45 at around 200 yards. At that range, the bullet drop is so significant that the point of impact is below your front sight. Shooting the gun upside down allows you to have a sight picture that doesn’t cover the target.

  • jeff k

    does it suddenly become a glock 43 when you shoot it upside down lol

  • Bill

    The value to this trick, and it is a trick shot, is that it shows that sight alignment and trigger management never change in Importance and the orientation of the pistol is irrelevant. While it sure isn’t optimal, it means that the “gangsta” position will work, if i’m knocked down flat on my back I can stay in the fight and engage adversaries who are approaching from the top of my head, and so forth. I don’t think anyone proposes it as a tactic, but it has value in illustrating getting solid hits from unconventional positions or positions of disadvantage.

  • USMC03Vet

    I think if you tried this type of shooting on a range in the Marine Corps you’d quickly find yourself a recipient of a body slam by an RSO.