First thing you do in practice, is what? Clear your weapon, magazine out, slide back and locked. Pick up your weapon, with it’s muzzle pointing down range, Safety is always first!
With your strong hand, mine is the right hand you grab the pistol with your hand as far up the Comb (this is the handle or where the magazine is engaged in the weapon, wrap your three finger around the hand grip, you thumb pointing down the bottom of the slide and above the trigger guard, and your trigger finger off the trigger place above the trigger guard also pointing down range with the muzzle.
Now take your weak hand and slide it over your three fingers from your right hand, and place the meat of your palm below the thumb on the grip and your thumb follows your right thumb on the weapon and points down range with the muzzle.
This grip gives you the best control over the weapon in general, control over muzzle movement and control over muzzle upward break during recoil.
As for shooting stance, your arms are extended level in front of you, pointing down range at the target. Your shoulders are square to the target and slightly forward of your hips, which are also square to the target. You are slightly leaning forward with knees slightly bent and weak foot slightly forward. This stance helps with stability and recoil.
Now load a magazine, and chamber a round, if you have a safety engage it. Note, some semi-auto’s don’t have safeties, My Glock 22, Gen 4 is like this. Grip the pistol as stated above, get in your stance, pick up rear and front sight making the front sight post with equal height and equal light, blur your target, as your focus should be on your front sight. In the blur you can still see the target, center it and fire. Use the BRASS system, grip and trigger control, I explained in a prior article or video. This should be done with each round shot. When done, clear your weapon by dropping your magazine and engage the slide. remember practice, practice, practice …consistency is your key
Sight picture with a scope is easy, as what you see is what you get. Put crosshairs on target and pull the trigger. The Sight picture, with peep sights or buck sights are different, as you have to properly align two parts of one sight. I phrase it as “Equal Height, Equal Light”!
With iron sights that are on rifles and pistols, you line up your front iron post sight in your rear sight, keeping the front post sight Equal distance to top of your rear sight, also keeping Equal Light left and right of the front sight that is positioned in the rear sight (see picture). I call it equal light because your post in the rear sight leaves open gaps on the left and right side. So split the light you see evenly.
Your objective should be Equal Height and Equal Light, with your concentration on the front post sight, aligning the top, with the top of the rear sight and equal light on the sides of the post within the rear sight. At the same time acquire your target and concentrate on the positioning of your target, behind the front post.
The target should be blurred, as you should focus on the front post sight. If you concentrate on the target, you lose focus on your sights and your rounds go everywhere. Learn to shoot with both eyes open concentrating on the front sight. This is a Defensive position! Under threat, if you close your weak eye to shoot, you lose about 45% to 55% of your peripheral vision where a threat can out flank you. Have situational awareness.
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Simple, easy, practice, practice and practice.
RB Bass Outdoors Angler