Posted on: 2010-11-22 22:50:00 -0500

Some recent pistol-shooting insights came from a range day with a pal who used to instruct at Rogers Shooting School. I knew that I wasting a lot of time when firing my first shot from the holster. Getting the pistol out of the holster seemed to go fast enough, but it took a few fractions of a second after the pistol stopped before I could verify sight alignment and break the shot. He had me imagine a line running from my dominant eye to the target and emphasized getting the front sight up on that line as quickly as possible and shifting my focus from the target to the front sight as soon as it entered my peripheral vision.

I had also been bringing the pistol to the centerline of my body (top of my sternum) before and punching out. He had me bring the pistol a few inches to the right where it sat just below this line instead. These two items made a tremendous difference. I dropped my buzzer to first shot time on a 1/2 size IDPA steel target at 15 yards from ~1.9 s to ~1.4 s over the course of several draws, mostly because I was able to break the shot as soon as the pistol stopped moving.

The same applied to reloading: keep the front sight along the line of sight to the target. I was able to get back on target and continue shooting significantly faster this way.

When shooting multiple shots/targets, he emphasized keeping the trigger in constant motion. Say you just fired a shot at one target and are transitioning to the next. As soon as the shot breaks, reset the trigger and start pressing it for the next shot so that it breaks just as the sights line up on the second target.