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Old 09-04-2019, 03:55 AM   #1
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There is a secret to pistol shooting and not many in the world can do it.

Don't flinch. Everyone knows that, but when the hammer falls the sight alignment must not move, every time. Keep both eyes open and use hearing protection.

Practice dry firing every day with both a 1911 type semi-automatic and a revolver. Both pistols should have good crisp triggers without any creep. Use good open sights only, with both front and rear sights blackened. Align the sights on a spot on the wall, six o'clock hold. When the hammer falls the sight alignment must not move. Not even a little bit. Sights should be set to be dead on at 100 yards. For longer distances do not raise the front sight from its correct six o'clock alignment. For longer distances pick a target above the intended target to allow for the bullet's drop.

Now for the shooting. Use two hands, standing and a revolver for the following reason: When by yourself load one round and the other cylinders with empty cases. Spin the cylinder. Now "dry" fire. In every case the sight alignment must not move, ever. If the sights and hence the pistol moves that is a flinch and must never happen.

Shooting at fifty yards and farther will show any flinch. The bullet will strike all over the place, but mostly low with every flinch.

Many of my shooters would keep 4 of six shots in a copy of a hundred dollar bill and the other two shots near it at 100 yards while standing, two hands hold. The master shooter does not flinch.

It is easy to see a flinch. The bullet goes exactly where it's pointed if the sight alignment doesn't move when the hammer falls.

I cannot overstate this enough: you must have perfect sight alignment and when the hammer falls the sight alignment must not move, whether on an empty or a live round.

Trigger control? That will come with dry firing.

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One thing I keep telling beginners..."Keep both eyes open".
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The Ball And Dummy Drill was drilled into every
Probationary Police Officer jn the Academy.
Two rounds were placed somewhere in a
6 shot S&W revolver , and if the weapon
dry fired , the weapon had better not moved.
If the weapon moved , it would move down.
The shooter would anticipating recoil.

I would use this when training people , and
let them see they're anticipating recoil.
I would tell them to allow the weapon to recoil.
It is the natural law of physics.
By the time the weapon recoils , the round is
already through the target and into the dirt mountain.

The Ball And Dummy Drill was also done after
the Academy at Re-qualification on the Job.

I came on the job with S&W Model 64 , .38 Special.
My 2nd weapon was a S&W Model 640 , .38 Special snub nose ,
but this was back when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.
The young cops now all come on with 9mm's and
they do not do the Ball And Dummy Drill.


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Doc, Merc - all good stuff. Thank you.

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they do not do the Ball And Dummy Drill.


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There is no excuse for them to not do so. It just requires a buddy to load the magazine with x number of live and x number of dummy rounds. Which lets them also train a tap/rack procedure each time a dummy round enters the chamber.
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I had an interesting awakening recently. Hitting torso sized steel targets quickly and easily at closer range (out to 25 meters) is no problem. But further out, I have begun to shoot far more poorly than before. It turns out that I am getting far sighted (due to age), so my front sight is not sharp. I found out by testing that the front sight is sharp about 40 cm further away than at the end of the pistol, when extending it as far as possible with one hand... So I have to get an appointment with an optician...
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For my cataract surgery I got the "inexpensive" fixed focal lenses, where everything past 1 meter (or about 3 feet) is in focus, however, shorter than that I need reading glasses. So shooting is a matter of concentration, I will use the reading lenses to see the sights but the target is always fuzzy. Last time I was at the range I was able to draw a smile on the silhouette target's head...well...not really, but the head was hit every time with a sub-compact 9mm and 3 inch barrel.
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Good shooting advice. Simple, basic, but yields great benefit.
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One thing I keep telling beginners..."Keep both eyes open".
I close both eyes and hope for the best.

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I had an interesting awakening recently. Hitting torso sized steel targets quickly and easily at closer range (out to 25 meters) is no problem. But further out, I have begun to shoot far more poorly than before. It turns out that I am getting far sighted (due to age), so my front sight is not sharp. I found out by testing that the front sight is sharp about 40 cm further away than at the end of the pistol, when extending it as far as possible with one hand... So I have to get an appointment with an optician...
Have you tried arm stretching exercises?
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There is no excuse for them to not do so. It just requires a buddy to load the magazine with x number of live and x number of dummy rounds. Which lets them also train a tap/rack procedure each time a dummy round enters the chamber.
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Doc, Merc - all good stuff. Thank you.

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Old 09-05-2019, 12:37 AM   #13
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Once the shooter has mastered the art of not flinching he should spend most of his time shooting at long range, ranges greater than 75 yards and many shots to 200 yards and beyond.

Do not shoot at paper targets and make sure you see all bullets strike. Long range shooting clearly shows any flinch.

One advantage of the 1911 is that it is already cocked after each shot and the grip does not need to be changed. Simply let the hammer fall without disturbing the sight alignment. The bullet will go exactly where the sights are aligned.

The revolver should be shot single action with the hammer cocked with the left thumb so as not to move the right hand's grip.

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Doc knows of that which he speaks. He used to run an invitational pistol shooting contest that had some of the best pistol shooters in the country participate in it.

I've learned a lot over the years from him. Like how to hit a paper plate at 200 yards with the .44 magnum.

Did get me to thinking, though. I have some scrap steel sitting out there not doing anything. Instead of paper, it would be a lot more fun to ring steel.

If I can hit that speck at 200 yards, what am I going to be able to hit at 20 feet? Most modern "gun gurus" don't preach long distance pistol shooting as a skill. I argue that if I can hit a tiny target at 200 yards, I can hit a much bigger target at "social distances".
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