I'm On Fire wrote:
My stance is terrible and I'm sure I'm not holding the gun proper. Definitely need to work on that. I'm going to run up to the range hopefully next weekend and try some live rounds. Will more than likely get smacked in the face with the slide but live and learn.
If you're getting smacked in the face you're doing something very wrong unless you have a 2' scope mounted on top of the pistol.
Take a cup of coffee and watch some of this guy's videos. Hickock45 on YouTube. Here is a good primer for starting out shooters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGYf9AZlSyU
The guy has a ton of material available, including how to hold that semi-auto so the slide doesn't take skin off or break your thumb when you shoot it.