Shoot gooder: 3 ways to aim a pistol
The actual name of the video is 3 ways to use your sights. Most of us have been taught how to aim a pistol using the usual “accepted” way of accurately acquiring the sights with a focus on the front sight blade before putting accurate rounds downrange…but there are other ways.
How to aim a pistol
Focus on the front sight. That’s how most of us are taught. We’ll talk about that briefly, then discuss a couple of other methods.
Hard sight focus.
Chances are if you’re reading this, you know the drill. Focus hard on the front sight blade, center it in the rear notch with an equal amount of space to either, and flush across the top — then take that sight alignment, focus hard on the front sight, superimpose it over where you want to hit, and press the shot.
Hard target focus.
A hard target focus doesn’t really involve the sights at all. It is skill level and training dependent, and very situational (range, backdrop, etc. – which really is any shooting, but it’s even more critical here). That involves, as the name implies, a hard focus on the desired target area. Though the sights are not directly referenced in this shooting style, body alignment and weapon position in relation to the target are important.
Target focus with soft front sight
This method is particularly effective for shooters wearing progressive (not transition) lenses, bifocals, trifocals or the like. It does not involve a hard focus on the front sight, but rather is an alignment of soft front and soft rear sights, superimposed over the target before pressing the shot (i.e. aligning a blurry front sight instead of a blurry rear sight). This means you’re effectively using the front and rear sights much like you would a red dot sight.
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