Prep Trigger on Extension
Have them prep the trigger so that upon presenting, they’re starting to prep the trigger. They may use this to align the muzzle a little bit with their non-dominant eye but there’s a benefit to this because this “cheating” is actually getting them to begin both eye open shooting, which is what we want since the red take up laser is down out of sight picture, they can only see it by using their non-dominant eye. Don’t worry at this point if they’re left eye or right eye dominant. They’re going to figure that out and utilize it on their own at this point.
After they’ve done some reps at extending and hitting aggressively, have them turn off the take up laser so that they’re punching out, hitting targets aggressively and really building their natural point of aim and having a lot of fun at this time with the effectiveness of their pistol craft.
At this point, let’s parlay our fundamentals into a quick sight alignment drill. Now, explain that when they align the muzzle they are also aligning the sights. The better natural point of aim they have by way of their grip establishment the easier it is have sight alignment. However, they don’t need their sights up close with a good natural point of aim, but they will eventually need the sights at distance when the minute angle of the target is much, much smaller. Therefore, let’s parlay the current wins and skills you have with the class by moving them as far back as you can and shoot the head shots of a Bob Bag provided by Century at distance.
Instruct the students to extend out, prep the trigger and then pull their focus back to the front sight and get equal height and equal light. You can re-explain what sight alignment, but honestly they probably have figured it out at this point on their own. Nonetheless, make sure that there’s a complete understanding with the diagram of equal height equal light without a sight alignment and of course sight pictures having the target behind these aligned sights.
Now, have them break the shot on the very small target at distance. If available, use a target at distance not a smaller target up close. One reason you want to use a Bob Bag head or a T-zone target is because the size represents an upper incapacitating head shot. Although this is a fundamentals class, we want to parlay the skills into defensive accuracy. By using a T-zone representing the kill zone in a headshot, you are building intuitive knowledge into the shooters so they understand at what distance they need sights. With an excessively smaller, closer target, they may get mis-calibrated as to when they may need sight. Therefore, we might as well use defensive accuracy targets (in this case incapacitating targets which is a head shot) and let them start to gauge the distance at which they actually need sights based on their ability.
Maximum distance will dependent on your dojo but try to get as much distance as possible to these targets and observe their hits and watch those laser impacts to see if they actually have sight alignment. Of course, they have to have trigger control to hold it on target. You can remind them of dots not dashes but the fundamental focus is sight alignment. Inevitably you’re going to see shots that are high on target this means that they’re having that front sight ride high in that notch. Test their gun, grab their pistol or ask them if you can hold their pistol, extend it out and get some clean shots and confirm the sights are aligned. If the lasers are not aligned with the sights then go ahead and take your 1.5 millimeter hex wrench and adjust it quickly or swap out an extra SIRT pistol so they have one that’s absolutely aligned on target. Explain to them equal height equal light and reinforce that the front sight has to be focused and right across the upper surface of rear sight.
Let them journey on their own, don’t have to correct every shot, perhaps just let them have self-exploration for a bit and circle back to them in a few minutes after you coach up other shooters. From the student’s perspective, it is really annoying to coach every rep where they need a little sense of spaciousness to explore and figure out technique on their own.