Basic Handgun Marksmanship Skills
Basic Handgun Marksmanship Skills by Mark Bunch – Survival Blog
These days, we “evil gun owners” are blamed for all sorts of despicable acts. Acts such as the horrible terrorist shooting/mass murder in California. Muslim extremists used legally purchased weapons that they had been given by a friend of theirs. Typical of our leftist, non-American former President and his liberal communist-minded minions, their message was to blame gun owners, the NRA, and the ease of availability of firearms for that senseless incident of terror. To their way of thinking, it couldn’t possibly be because some Muslim terrorist hated our culture and simply wanted to kill as many of us as he could.
Basic Handgun Marksmanship
Most Americans could benefit from some basic “firearms 101” education, if only to better understand firearms. Guns do not kill people; people kill people. And every firearm that I possess, combined, has been used to kill fewer people then Ted Kennedy’s car. Firearms are simply tools that are used for all sorts of sporting purposes as well as self defense and target shooting.
Like all tools, firearms need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order to work reliably and to give you good results. Becoming proficient with a firearm is a little bit science, a little bit art, and a whole lot of practice. Firearms proficiency is a diminishing skill that takes practice to acquire and to maintain. All firearms require practice handling and shooting to gain and maintain that proficiency. But handguns are the most critical and the most difficult to do this with.
Handguns have a very short sight radius when compared to a rifle or shotgun. Because of this, a handgun’s performance is easily affected by our breathing, our hold on the gun, body position, stance, and trigger control. In my opinion, it takes approximately 50 rounds per month to maintain your proficiency with a handgun once you have already acquired said proficiency. That equates to a lot of ammo. In fact, it requires 600 rounds per year times how ever many years you wish to remain proficient. If you wish to maintain your skill set for 10 years, that is 6,000 rounds of ammo that will be required.
Twenty years translates into 12,000 rounds of ammunition that you will need. At this rate, you haven’t even had to defend yourself or protect your family. I talk to lots of people about firearms who think that if they have two or three boxes of ammo, that they have all they need. That line of reasoning is completely misguided and dangerous. What if you are not able to obtain ammo in the future? Consider how long you will remain proficient with the amount of ammo you have on hand.
We Do What We Practice
We all do things like we practice. If you never practice, I can guarantee you that if you ever need to use that gun to defend your life or the lives of your loved ones, you will get a poor result. When you do practice, make sure you practice in a realistic fashion. Yes, that nice bench rest and set of sand bags are great for testing out new loads and getting your handgun zeroed, but you are probably not going to get jumped at the gun range. It is going to happen in some back alley somewhere or when you are minding your own business walking in the park. Practice engaging targets free hand, just like you might have to in the real world.
Right Eye or Left Eye Dominant
Do you know if you are right eye or left eye dominant? I am convinced that once upon a time a considerable amount of children who started out being left handed were corrected and made to do things right handed since this was considered to be normal. I even recall once as a first or second grader seeing one of my teachers correcting a little boy who was drawing left handed. The teacher made him color right handed. No doubt, he eventually learned how to color and write with his right hand. However, that probably also caused that young man some issues down the road, especially if he ever took up shooting.
I have taught many people to shoot who had the exact same problem. They were left eye dominant and right handed. That is generally a recipe for disaster, when it comes to handgun proficiency and accurate handgun shooting, unless the issue is correctly identified and proper training is received