In the video below, JayDaYoungan’s crew violate The Four Rules of Gun Safety with the usual aplomb. Students of the rap genre will not be surprised to see the vocal artist aim his handgun at the camera, then turn it sideways. Now you might think . . .
That this is a bad idea. After all, there’s no support hand involved to stabilize a shot and the sights are useless.
What’s more, any shot fired will cause the gun to recoil sideways. Human anatomy being what it is, putting the gun back on target after a lateral move is slower than doing so when the gun recoils vertically.
Speaking of human anatomy . . .
When shooting a handgun with one hand, it’s a good idea to tilt (i.e. cant) the gun slightly sideways.
As Sam1911 points out over at highroad.org, the adjustment places the arm bone in a more natural position. “Picture a boxer with his ‘dukes up,” Sam1911 suggests. By the same token, point at something and see how your hand is tilted.
Anyway, that’s how pro shooters roll (so to speak), so it cant (so to speak) be a bad idea.
FWIW, there are a lot theories offering explanations for gangstas tendency to rotate their gun sideways.
One blames Hollywood; directors told actors to hold their prop pistol sideways so the gun didn’t block their face. Another possible reason: it’s easier to hit multiple targets during a drive-by with the gun held sideways; the “logic” being that rapid, unaimed follow-up shots flying sideways will cause more damage than bullets that whiz over the heads of a rival gang.
In any case, a little one-handed hand tilt goes a long way.