tHE PERFECT PISTOL SHOT
Before getting to a paragraph on sighting, I wish to thank all those readers who have contacted me through firstname.lastname@example.org. I enjoy the questions and comments, and find the more I communicate with other shooters, the more I learn. I have been asked to recommend instructors, which I find difficult to do because of unfamiliarity with local instructor cadres. I've determined to recommend those that I do know to be worthwhile, and leave it to the readers to determine geographic practicalities.
In Florida, Jeff Morelock runs www.MyWeaponsPermit.com and www.BuyYourGunOnline.com I had the pleasure of working with Jeff in Kosovo during the law enforcement phase of that silliness. In addition to walking students through the CCW process, Jeff also provides individually tailored handgun training. I also recommend you check out his prices for firearms and ammo. Morelock is a serious instructor who runs a safe, sane, and practical training program.
Now to sighting. There is some confusion about wwhether a shooter should fire a handgun with one eye or with both eyes open. Allowing for LEGITIMATE OPTICAL PROBLEMS (rather than laziness), the rule is to use both eyes. Nothing about the human body is perfect, including vision. You may have better than 20/20 vision but visual perception is never perfect because the brain must determine spatial differences. The eye may see the center of the circle but it is an intellectual decision which determines where the shooter will perceive the location of the center. [Remember, in The Perfect Pistol Shot we opt to use crosses instead of bullseyes. Perception is part of the reasoning] We can better determine sight positoning when triangulating vision with two eyes and the front sight. Reason this out for yourself. Hold your thumb out in front of you while you open and close each eye. The thumb will appear to shift because your visual perspective changes with each eye. Two eyes dramtically reduce distortion. Or, in other words, if God wanted you use one eye, you wouldn't have been given two. Marksmanship is common sense. Rifle shooters are something of a different matter, but scopes and close-relief sights were intended for one eye. Pistol sights were not.
Some of our non-hunters will begin to consider putting away firearms for the winter. This is a good time for foundational cleaning and lubing. It's also a good time to visit the local gunsmith. Don't store a weapon in disrepair and forget about it. Get everything ready for Spring before winter storage. For the hardier, more stubborn shooters, we still need clean weapons with a light, frequent lube. Seasonsal changes matter to your firearms.
The Practical Tactical Handgun e-booklet with be on sale again, for a short while. Please remember it is a short book and was not intended to be complete work on defensive handguns. It is intended only to complement basic instruction and to shift the individual defender away from reliance on team tactics. The P/T series has been removed because a larger more comprehensive book is in the works.
The gun control rebuttal: American Gun Fight, is still available but is now in a political sub-category on Amazon. Thanks.
Firearms are appearing at local counter gun shops again. I just saw some nice revolvers, pistols, and AR-types this past week. I am eager to shoot the new Remington .45. Bullets seem to still be hard to locate, though ammunition is a bit more available. Buy what you need, when you can. This nonsense is not over.
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)