Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy


“Accuracy is the base for a practical pistol education” Michael Plaxco states in his book Shooting From Within. “Without it,” he adds, “you will never progress to the higher levels. An inability to fire an accurate shot on demand will hold you back in mastering every other skill you need to acquire.”

The ability to shoot accurately must be mastered before you move on to any other skills. When it comes to fighting, and it’s necessary to shoot, you’re shooting to stop the threat. To stop the threat efficiency requires accurate hits. If you’re not making good hits, you’re wasting time, ammo, and providing the threat with time to damage you.

In a fight accuracy is defined by the situation. For example is doesn’t take a lot of skill to place shots into the center of the bad guy’s body from five feet away. As you back up to create distance, and now the threat is twenty-four feet away, more skill is required to get a good hit. Or if the threat is behind cover and all you have is the head to fire at, accuracy is redefined because of the size of your target.

Accuracy is the ability to place bullets where you want them. If you can’t predict where the round is going, then you may not need to press that trigger. There are some shots that should not be made. Remember you’re responsible for every round coming out of the barrel, and if you’re not hitting the threat your bullets are going somewhere and you’re still responsible for where they end up.

The quest for accuracy is a never ending journey. You can never be too good a shot. When you master firing from one distance, increase the distance or decrease the size of the target. And as Ed McGivern tells us in Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, “proper training in slow fire stationary target shooting, which develops steady holding, sure hitting, and good grouping, cannot possible be and is not – as some have claimed – a detriment to later development in rapid fire …”

Every one of my practice sessions ends up with a focus on accuracy, firing one shot at a time, working on the fundamentals that place the bullet exactly where I want it to go. You’ll never be perfect, but you should strive to be excellent. One round may be all you get to end the fight, so it’s a good idea to make sure you can apply the fundamentals of marksmanship on demand.

One problem with accuracy is that once people get decent at it they tend to neglect it, wanting to work on the high-speed skills and tactics. What we need to do is constantly go back to the basics. As Clint Smith says, “fundamentals win fights.” Accuracy is the corner stone to victory. Get the hit!


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | AR-15, Auto Pistol, General Training

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