Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It was a revelation when I learned this

And that not too long ago.

The sight moving all around the target when you are aiming due to natural fluctuations in your body do not matter.  Or matter much. The axis of the barrel is still is line with what you want to hit it is going to hit very near to what you want to hit.

I never thought about it, but it makes sense and you can see, also, that gross sight alignment is the same thing.  

What matters, and what gets you misses is when you yank the axis off that line.  Usually with a trigger pull of some kind of recoil anticipating.  Instead of the axis of the pistol being in line you are making a 'cone'.  You might as well swivel your wrist.

All these movement are teeny tiny, too.  The ok ones and the bad ones.

I want to go shooting.  As soon as my neck is better.


Anonymous said...

IIRC, it was Rob Leatham who recently did a short video on "learn the trigger before you learn the sights" stressing mismanagement of the trigger caused the gun to move around enough to make the sights useless until one learns to manage the trigger.

I had never thought of it in quite that way, but I've been using SIRT Pro pistols with students for a few years now, and it's been a great tool for teaching proper trigger management in the classroom. It's easy to see point-of-aim shift on trigger press thanks to the lasers. When the instructor can easily address issues like that and the student gets instant feedback on change in technique, it saves a huge amount of time.

Jerry The Geek said...

I've been teaching an "Introduction to USPSA" class for about 7 years now. The problem that most of my students have, in regards to consistent accuracy, is that they "Break their wrists" when they pull the trigger.

That is, they put so much tension on their trigger finger that it translates to the muscles in their wrists; they "Crunch" the trigger, and no matter how focused they are on trigger pull, they tense the muscles in their lower arm.

It's difficult to teach them to put tension on their off-hand (for gripping the pistol ... they are so afraid they will drop it!) The goal is to teach them to relax the muscles in their trigger-hand.