Student of the Gun’s Paul Markel helped Night Fision design the Accur8™ line of two dot sights. Check out his article the Evolution of Pistol Sights.
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Here is my story…
Problem #1 Like most folks in their “early” fifties I started to have difficulty seeing things as they were in the past as my eyes age. I found that my eye was not picking up the front sight on presentation but rather grabbing the rear sights immediately then forcing me to transition to the threat and then back to the front sight. This proved slow and it is not what we teach… i.e. “FRONT SIGHT FOCUS” and it is slow.
Firearms are tools. Very expensive tools which have exacting tolerances, and which are subjected to extreme environmental conditions. Every single actuation of these tools subjects certain parts of the tool to thousands of pounds per square inch of pressure, hot gas, and high impact. Not to mention dirt, dust, grime, and filth from the field. Unbelievably though, I still meet shooters who swear that they abuse their guns right out of the box to test “reliability”, or “durability”. Would they do the same with a $300 DeWalt miter saw or framing nailer? I doubt it. They want their tools to last!
We all have five senses but one of them is the most critical for effectively hitting your target. Sight, or vision, is the critical component in identifying your target and then effectively putting rounds in it. Yes, I am fully aware of the subjects of contact shooting and “recon by fire” but those are topics for another day.
Continue reading The Science of Sight: Low Light / Night Shooting
I have recently participated in a couple interviews and round table discussions which focused on the validity of using competition shooting to prepare for self-defense shooting. More specifically, if participating in the shooting sports hurts or helps someone who also carries a gun and trains for self-defense. This question seems to be a serious bone of contention between the “Tactical” and “Competition” crowds. DISCLAIMER: I’m not unbiased. As a nationally ranked competitive shooter AND someone who teaches the use of firearms for self-defense all over the world, I’ve given this topic much thought, and I have some opinions.
Continue reading Can Competition Shooters Defend Themselves?
The key to hitting your target is pretty simple, put your sights on target, and pull the trigger in a way that doesn’t disturb your sight picture. Well, it certainly sounds simple. If you’ve ever been shooting you know that in practice this doesn’t always work so simply. It’s certainly something you need to go out and train for. The problem occurs when you don’t know how to train properly.
Today we are going to arm you with the proper means to train and teach you about proper sight alignment and sight picture. We’ll also touch on how to train with these techniques at home.
Continue reading Proper Sight Alignment and Sight Picture
Your choice of front and rear sights is important. There are different types designed to address different needs. There are a few things that you cannot compromise on. For example, combat sights should be night sights. Then there are other considerations that are entirely user preference. Today we are going to specifically talk about rear sights, and your rear sight style options.
Continue reading Let’s Talk About Rears
Front Sight Focus! If you ever take a defensive pistol glass you’ll hear that phrase over and over. Front sight focus is an easy concept to understand. Is it easy in practice? It can be, with the right sights. Your front sight should be easy to see, and easy to focus on. We can help you there. A front sight with high visibility will make front sight focus more than a concept.
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WARNING: Have a professional, licensed gunsmith install the sights. Always use your punch directly on the dovetail, not on the blade (top ortion of the sight).
Continue reading Night Fision Installation Videos
5 Concealed Carry Essentials
As a concealed carry instructor, I see a lot of newbies coming in to the concealed carry world. I often see is the same mistakes made repeatedly. A lot of them have to deal with how to carry comfortably. Since I’m seeing these basic mistakes made over and over I figured I could offer our fine readers some basic concealed carry essentials. Continue reading Are You A Concealed Carry Newbie?