tHE PERFECT PISTOL SHOT
Keep your head up when firing. Why? Beacause you see better when looking straight ahead, it is how the eyes were intended to be placed in relation to objects in view. Peripheral vision serves to attract our attention but does not measure well when compared to direct vision. Another problem with head-down is a change in the distance between the eyes and the sights. When perspective is altered, the information from the eyes to the brain will be altered. You might say that it doesn't matter because you always keep your head down when firing. The truth is, most head-downers will lift their heads for distance firirng, completely altering their sight perspective. Also, even if you are consistent, you still risk not getting the best sight picture available. Bring the gun to the head, not the head to the gun.
After a year and a half on sale, The Perfect Pistol Shot hit #1 in Amazon shooting books, both in paperback and Kindle formats. It has been a pleasant surprise to me that the book continues to do well. I am very grateful to readers who have strayed "off the path" to try a new author. Thank you.
The next paperback instructional book is in the works. Hopefully, released in 2014. The new essay, American Gun Fight is making a little headway, thanks to Amazon readers. It is a response to Stephen King's recent Kindle piece advocating greater restrictions on firearms ownership. If you don't know how respond to gun control advocates, who toss-about their own facts, you may enjoy American Gun Fight. It's currently less than a buck, and about sixty pages. While I'm thinking of prices, the women's guide to safer dating, What Cops tell their Sisters, is now $0.99. If you've know women of dating age, this short book is worth a buck. Much of the material translates well for men who suffered dating relationships gone bad.
We're at the end of a hot summer, still full of light. Check your front sight tips to make certain you don't have a bare tip. A front sight tip that shines will give an impression of a low aim on standard black and white targets. The illusion will make you think that you've got white above your tip, when it in fact, it is your tip. Of course, you dear reader, having read previous blogs here, know that you should be aiming at black crosses and not big circular bullseyes.
Be safe, and good shooting.
I am somewhat amazed that the most discussed information from the Perfect Pistol Shot is the section on grip. A whole generation of shooters has been trained to squeeze hard and hold on for dear life. We already went through this about a hundred years ago. Then came military training for WWII and recruits were told to hold the pistol hard because of "kick" - and fifty years of marksmanship misery was reborn. Military instructors knew how to shoot, they just didn't want some nervous kid dropping his handgun. That's all it was. Today, everybody is a tough guy, every instructor is a Rambo. So we squeeze hard and crouch down, and shoot at distances no greater than most men can spit. (Let's go back to spears.) The result of this is NOBODY CAN HIT THEIR TARGET. Don't be afraid of your handgun. Please learn proper grip.
Recently, the novelist Stephen King wrote a pro-gun control piece for Amazon Kindle (Guns). I wrote a response: American Gun Fight. We'll see how it does. I've grown weary of hearing Australia's gun control laws praised, so I did some research. The truth is much different than gun control advocates report. Naturally.
When speaking of grip it is important to remember that the arm should not be hyper-extended and locked. You can't have a locked armed and a light grip. Locking the arm is not required. It is the forward shoulder carriage that controls recoil. We have to stop muscling our handguns.
I have been very pleased to hear from readers. A leading question concerns corrected vision. Middle-aged shooters are having difficulty as vision weakens. Remember, you need crystal clear vision to the front sight tip, and blurred secondary vision to the target. For training, experiment with lighter colored safety lens and different target colors. Safety paint in green and orange works well. Defensive shooters need light-gathering lenses for dark colors and low-light environments. You can test these variables at the range by using different shapes and colors. Move them to greater distances until you can no longet recognize your targets. Indoor ranges, even when lit, are harder on the eyes. Natural light has less glare under most conditions. Test yourself and know your limits.
Thanks to those who purchased What Cops Tell Their Sisters. I appreciate it and hope it has been of some value to single women and parents.
I wish all a good end of summer.
Albert League is a former Marine Corps and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics. He is the founder of the Practics firearms defense system and author of the Practics book series.(www.practicsusa.com)