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Shootrite Firearms Academy

Git the Hit!

The advantage of the firearm as a weapon is that it allows us to hit the threat without having to be within arm’s reach. The disadvantage, until they come up with “smart” ammo, is that the weapon must be aimed in order to place your shots where they need to go in order to stop the threat as efficiently as possible. Yes, even in a fight you have to aim your firearm.

Combative accuracy, shooting to stop the threat, is completely different from target shooting. In a fight we normally have a short amount of time to stop the threat. Most fights occur at close distances.

Due to time and distance you cannot get a perfect sight picture, nor do you need one. Accuracy during combat is dictated by the shot you’re attempting to make at that point in time. The accuracy required determines what method you use to aim the weapon.

In an extreme close quarter situation, where you can’t extend your arms out otherwise the weapon is within reach of the threat, we aim by indexing the weapon against our body, using the body to place the sights on target. With a pistol this positions the weapon chest high, at the side of your body, tilted slightly outboard so the slide doesn’t hit your body or clothing creating a malfunction. The support hand is positioned where there is no danger of it getting in the way. This truly is point shooting.

Once I have distance I extend the weapon and get both hands on it. At close distance I may aim by seeing that my hands, which are holding the pistol, are centered in the body of the threat. At close distance this will get you on target. As the range increases I start using a flash sight picture to fire. I’m looking at the point I want the round to go. As soon the front sight intersects that line of vision I’m pressing off my shots.

As the distance increases even more, or the size of my target becomes smaller, for example shifting from the center of the body to the head, I have to start using dedicated sight pictures to obtain hits. Remember, accuracy is defined by distance and size of the target, so as distance increases and/or target size decreases it affects the speed you can shoot and still get good hits.

This is true for everyone. Your job is to determine what type sight picture you need so when you press the trigger the bullet goes where it’s supposed to be. This varies for everyone, so it’s not something you can discover from looking at a chart. You have to figure it out through practice.

After you’ve got a good idea on what you have to do at various distances on different sizes of targets to make the hit, then you need to start doing it while moving. Eventually you’ll need to work it against an erratic moving target. Then, you’ll have a good idea of what combative accuracy is. Learn what it takes to “git the hit.”


March 10, 2011 - Posted by | Auto Pistol, General Training

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