Shooting an upside down pistol

    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.