Hitting with a handgun is simple in theory. In practice? Not so much …
By George Harris
(Excerpts from the 2017 American Handgunner Personal Defense Special Edition)
How to shoot accurately is simple to explain. In reality there are only two things necessary: (1) Stabilize the muzzle in the proper perspective to the target, and (2) release the shot without affecting stability. Of course in some circumstances you may have to take into account distance, atmospheric conditions and other influences that affect the flight of the projectile on its way to the target.
As simple as this sounds, it is difficult for most people to do consistently. “Easier said than done” comes to mind.
Whether it’s competition, combat, personal defense, recreational shooting or otherwise, the ability to hit the target is paramount. One of the most valuable natural attributes you have is eye/hand coordination. Wherever your eyes look, your hands follow and fingers point.
This natural ability helps to orient the muzzle of the firearm toward the target.
1. Gun Fit
The fit of the handgun helps refine the position of the muzzle in relation to the target. When gripping a handgun in the web of your hand aligned with the extended thumb and index finger, the gun tends to have its muzzle pointing much like an index finger. It is an ideal fit when the muzzle points where the index finger points.
2. Float The Dot, Shoot The ShotConventional teaches us to focus on the front sight, ensuring you see equal amounts of light (or space) on either side of the front sight as viewed through the rear sight notch with the top of the front sight and the rear sight on the same plane.
To simplify matters, you can use a technique capitalizing on the eye’s natural ability to find the center of objects in space. It is beneficial to have an easy-to-see dot on the front sight. It should be positioned below the top of the front sight so it can be seen easily through the rear sight notch when the top of the front sight and rear are in alignment. (Get the entire concept in the 2017 American Handgunner Personal Defense Special Edition)
3. Pulling The Trigger
The trigger is the gas pedal of the gun. Move it like you would to smoothly accelerate and accelerate. Smooth, fluid motion without creating additional movement to the muzzle is the objective.
4. Merging Sight Focus And Trigger Pull
Envision a connection between the front sight and the trigger where the trigger movement “pulls” the front sight toward the eye, through the rear sight notch, maintaining alignment until the shot. This technique blends the two most important parts of accurate shot delivery and ensures follow-through — keeping the muzzle on the target until the bullet has left.
Keep your eyes open and still focused on the sights when you fire. (Get the entire concept in the 2017 American Handgunner Personal Defense Special Edition)
Shooting can be a complicated process if we allow it to be. Simplifying it by understanding how to perform the clean and consistent execution of the foundational skills will serve the purpose for the great majority of shooters.
Without the foundational skills firmly in place, all the glamour and glitz of the “high-speed, low-drag” techniques are of little use if you’re not hitting the target.
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