Shooting the Notch

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Over the course of my shooting career I have amassed experience, and some notable success, in many different shooting sports. From IHMSA (international metallic handgun silhouette) competitions where absolute perfection is demanded in both sight alignment and trigger control, to Practical Shooting events within USPSA / IDPA (United State Practical Shooting Association / International Defensive Pistol Association) that require a balance between speed and accuracy. Today’s video will focus on the “fast and accurate” nature of Practical Shooting and how learning to be comfortable with less than a perfect sight picture will net you some speed!


3 Comments On This Article

  1. Nice tips, however, for me, open sights are useless. I can’t see them, while I can clearly see the target, or with reading glasses, I can see the iron sights, but the target is blurred.

    Unfortunately, most pistols lack enough real estate to be able to mount a red dot optic. So if I get into trouble, and need to defend myself, it seems like it’s potluck time.

    With a laser, there is a good difference between the gun’s bore, and the laser beam. That is if the laser is setup so the the light beam is setup so that the impact zone is parallel with the gun”s bore. It takes a lot of practice to lower the barrel to the point where the light beam was aimed at.
    If the laser is adjusted for a fixed distance, to hit the target in line with the bore, needing to aim at a different distance, all bets are off. The impact point will be different than where the laser beam is pointing to.

    This is why I would greatly appreciate to use of a red/green dot sight. None of those problems would exist. The dot would be clear, along with clearly seeing the target… Oh well!

  2. Pat
    OUTSTANDING concept. After 30++ years of LEO team training I have failed miserably in explaining the need to stop obsessing over target bull maximization. In “practical” shooting getting lead on the BG is the important thing and making sure that every shot is within 1cm of each other is deadly as to accomplish that takes too much time; time we don’t have in actual practical shooting scenarios. Your description is spot on it shows just how much error is created by the various positions of the rear sight. That small amount is very controllable in a realistic situation and coupled with body movement allows anyone to succeed in self defense and I thank you
    Dr D