Sometimes just pointing your gun in the direction of a target and hoping for a bullseye just doesn’t cut it, here’s how to use pistol sights, effectively.
The Dominant One
Much like how you favor one hand over the other when it comes to writing, the same applies to which eye will primarily be used to focus down the sights. This is your dominant eye and we’ll need to determine which one it is.
The best tip to figure this out is to hold up your thumb, point it at something and focus at where you are pointing it. Slowly bring your thumb in towards you and in doing so one eye will be in favour of the other, this will be your dominant eye.
Not One, But Two
Shooting with one eye open? Although this isn’t best practice, it will narrow down your field of vision which can give you a slower response time to properly acquire your next target. It can take a while to break this habit, but down the road, keeping both eyes will benefit you. Remeber to keep both eyes open!
Level The Playing Field
On the top of your slide sits your sights, and where you focus these is where you will hit. Simple right?
Looking at the picture below, when the pistol is held level and the front blade is in line with the rear sight, the shots fired will be grouped in the center. The other images can refer to common sighting focus mistakes and will surely help you pick up on any.
When aiming, you want to focus on the front blade, seeing it’s at end of the gun, this is the direction which the bullet will travel. When you have your sights focused correctly on your target, your view should look like this with a little blur in your vision on the target and rear sights. (The grey piece being the front sight and black being rear)
The Last Round
There’s a lot of little tips and tricks to help you keep your groupings together and increase your accuracy, such as where your trigger finger should sit, squeezing the trigger, stance, breathing and how to hold your gun. These topics will be covered in part 2, so be sure to subscribe and follow along.