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 (more…)