Bruce has some great thoughts, but I am very cautious about a few things Bruce is saying here:SigM4 wrote:
Check out his post Zen and the Art of Hitting stuff
1. "Tell it to focus intensely on the front sight and not to think of anything else. Not the target (it’s there), not the gun (it’s fine and we know it’s zeroed well enough), just the front sight..."
This works great for target shooting or "proactive" shooting where the bad guy isn't actively shooting at you.
If you are being shot at, its pretty hard not to focus on the threat. It is common and very understandable to focus on the threat's gun. That is where Bruce's advice is going to break down, and where all that training on front sight focus is going to go out the window in an instant.
These situations are often dynamic, with everyone in motion and if you are focusing intently on the front sight of your weapon you may not see important changes downrange.
2. "The entire concept of “point shooting” is praying to yet another false idol."
Bruce is showing his background as a competition shooter here. The reality is that plenty of Cops have been killed at close range by point shooters who had more training than the cops they killed.
LTC Rex Applegate stated:
Kill or Get KilledResults of Practical Range Training
The practical hand gun range described below, known as the “House of Horrors,” was in operation over a two-year period. During this time several thousand hand gun shooters, of all degrees of training and experience, fired over it. A study of the records led to the following conclusions:
(1) That target shooting proficiency alone is not enough to equip the average man for combat, where the hand gun is his primary weapon.
(2) That the instinctive-pointing technique of combat firing is the best all-around method of shooting the hand gun with-out the aid of sights.
There is no better way to teach and to learn the use of weapons and their employment than by practicing under conditions as close to the real thing as possible.
In The House of Horrors there were twelve silhouette targets at which the shooter fired in bursts of two shots. None of these silhouettes had been at any greater distance than ten feet from the shooter.
...The average number of hits on silhouettes increase from four to ten [for the group trained in instinctive-point shooting]