How to Quickly Find Pistol Sights for Faster Accurate Shooting

John Lovell has some quick tips on how to quickly get handgun sights on target for fast and accurate fire.

How to Quickly Find Pistol Sights for Faster Accurate Shooting Pistol Drill

All firearms enthusiasts want to be able to shoot fast, but shooting fast without accuracy is pointless. Quickly acquiring a sight picture is critical for fast aimed fire, both for getting the first shot on target as well as transitioning between multiple targets. This skill is critical for anyone who carries a handgun in a defensive capacity or out on the competitive shooting field.

John Lovell is a very skilled shooter, former special operations soldier with 5 combat tours, and is currently a full time firearms instructor through Warrior Poet Society.

While drawing from the holster, the earlier in the presentation we acquire the sights, the less “clean up” we have to do when we’re at full presentation. By getting our sights lined up while we’re extending the pistol, we can have our sights on target much faster by the time our arms are fully extended.

The downside to bringing the sights to the chest and pushing them out is it’s slower. Sure, it’s easier to acquire the sights if you’re learning – but it is indeed slower. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line – not an “L” shaped line.

Practicing through dry fire

This is an incredibly easy skill to practice at home without any range fees or ammo costs. We don’t need recoil in order to sharpen our draw stroke.

Drills for the Drawstroke

How to Dry Fire Practice

Written by - always a student, sometimes a teacher.

I don't consider myself a competition shooter - I think of myself as a performance pistol shooter. I am all about performing at as high of a level as possible. Towards that end, I am obsessive about learning how to perform. I spend a lot of my life learning from the best across the entire firearms world and even into other areas of performance and other sports. I am a USPSA Carry Optics Grandmaster, currently working towards my second GM title in the Open division.

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