Why Spend So Much Time On Pistol Drills?
Pistol training can consume a large part of all skill training for the tactical athlete because, it takes much more training input with the pistol to gain a competency as opposed to other weapon systems. There are many skills that apply to handgun training that will determine if you can successfully engage a target in a short amount of time; they include pistol stance, trigger squeeze, sight picture and a host of other skills. None of the above skills will have as large an effect on your overall proficiency as the development of a natural point of aim.
What Is A Natural Point Of Aim?
A natural point of aim is often defined as the ability to have your pistol pointed at a target with your eyes closed. If you present a pistol with your eyes closed and then open your eyes to find you are pointed at the target where you have intended it to be you have developed a natural point of aim. Many pistols have differing configurations with respect to grip angle and trigger pull so if you have used one type of pistol for the majority of your training you may notice that you shoot differently with another type. When J.M. Browning first designed the pistol that would later become the 1911 he was said to have spent a great deal of time studying the human hand before he decided to set the grip angle at 103 degrees because he felt that angle would create a natural point of aim with the average shooter, also of note is that a Glock with a 109 degree grip angle will require a different stance and grip than a 1911 to achieve a natural point of aim. To develop a natural point of aim the name of the game is drilling like crazy. This skill can and should be developed in a dry practice environment where no shots are fired and instead you can focus on the body position and joint angles. The wrist joint is one of the more difficult to train because unlike the hinged joints of the elbow and knee the wrist flexes in many different planes which can lead to great variance in presentation.
How Do I Improve My Shooting
I have made a video that outlines a couple of dry practice drills you can use to develop a mastery of the pistol and should be a first step to developing a foundation in pistol training for the beginner as well as a skill that a shooter of any level can gain something from. Please leave your comments I read them all and try to make replies in a timely manner.