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Walther PPQ vs Target Is Moving from did a great review of Target Is Moving, then held onto it to test out the Walther PPQ. Pretty nice looking handgun.

Great video from the NRA on how to shoot a moving target. There are three methods:

1) Ambush

2) Tracking


With TARGET IS MOVING you can practice and train using these methods.

Check the targets out to learn more.

Poor trigger control is really exploited when shooting moving target systems. You can hide it when shooting static targets, but once moving you will miss if you aren't using proper trigger mechanics. But what does that mean?



Correct trigger control must be employed in conjunction with all other fundamentals of shooting. The physical act of applying pressure on the trigger to deliver an accurate shot may vary from individual to individual. Proper trigger control for each individual gradually assumes uniformity when the techniques of proper application are mastered. Many shooters, for example, maintain a degree of trigger control with a relatively light grip, while another shooter may use a very tight grip. Some shooters prefer to apply consistent trigger pressure at a rapid rate, while maintaining correct sight alignment. For another shooter, a slower, deliberate application may achieve the same results. An ever increasing number of shooters use the positive approach to trigger control, that is, once it is initiated, it becomes an uninterrupted, constantly increasing pressure until the weapon fires.

Trigger control is of very great importance in producing an accurate shot. When the shooter exerts pressure on the trigger, he must do so in a manner that does not alter the sight alignment, or position of the pistol. Consequently, the shooter must be able to exert smooth, even pressure to the trigger. Furthermore, the trigger must be pressed in conjunction with maximum concentration, peak visual perception of sight alignment and minimum arc of movement.

In order to produce an accurate shot, the shooter must carry out many diverse, but related, actions. Fulfilling this action is compounded by the fact that the pistol is in some degree of motion throughout the period of sighting and aiming. The movement varies according to the stability of the shooter's stance. Consequently, the sight alignment deviates from the aiming area. Often it will move through the aiming area, pausing only for a short period of time in perfect alignment with the target. It is impossible to determine when, and for how long the properly aligned sights will stay in the center of the aiming area. This difficulty is aggravated further by the fact that the shooter is trying to execute coordinated actions when reflex action seeks to contradict them. Such a situation requires the development of conditioned reflexes, and improvement of coordination.

The coordinated action of correct aiming, timely pressure on the trigger, and the correct delivery of the shot is difficult and can be accomplished only by overcoming former uncoordinated reflexes or by acquiring new ones. Only through constant training and attention to accepted techniques can these new reflexes be acquired. The peculiar nature and characteristics of the human nervous system are covered in detail in Annex III entitled, "Processes of the Human Nervous System Relevant to Equilibrium, Trigger Control and Hearing".


The pressure put on the trigger must come from independent movement of the trigger finger only. The gripping fingers and the thumb do not move or tighten. Keep the grip pressure constant. Align the sight, settle into your normal aiming area and exert positive, uninterrupted, increasing pressure, straight to the rear, until the hammer falls. You must not look for a perfect sight picture combination of rear sight-front sight-bull's eye. Instead, focus your eye on the front sight, keeping it perfectly aligned in the rear sight notch. The blur of the out-of-focus target may move about slightly, but this movement is relatively unimportant. Any time the weapon is fired with good sight alignment within the normal arc of movement and it is a surprise shot, the shot will be a good one, and will hit the target within your ability to hold.

Trigger control has a series of actions that take place if a smooth release of the firing mechanism is accomplished.

1. Slack and Initial Pressure: Any free movement of the trigger, known as slack, has to be taken up prior to a light initial pressure. This action assures that the tolerances in the firing mechanism linkage are taken up and are in firm contact before positive trigger pressure is applied.

Initial pressure is an automatic, lightly applied pressure, approximately one-fourth or less of the total required to fire the weapon. This careful action is an aid in the positive pressure that will release the hammer quickly and smoothly.

In order to fire a controlled shot the shooter must learn to increase the pressure on the trigger positively, smoothly, gradually, and evenly. This does not mean, however, that the trigger must be pressed slowly. It must be pressed smoothly, without interruption, but the release of the trigger must take no more than 2 to 5 seconds. Numerous accurate rapid fire strings of five shots in ten seconds are fired in a cycle that allows only one second or less to employ the principals of correct trigger control.

Smooth trigger action makes special demands on the trigger finger when pressing upon the trigger; its correct functioning determines to a great extent the quality of the shot. The most carefully attained sight alignment will be spoiled by the slightest error in the movement of the trigger finger.

2. Function of Proper Grip: In order for the index finger to be able to perform its function without spoiling the aim, it is first necessary to have the hand grasp the pistol correctly and create the proper support; permitting the trigger finger to overcome the trigger tension. The pistol grips must be grasped tightly but without any tremor. It is also necessary that the index finger clears the side of the stock. The movement of the index finger must be independent as it presses on the trigger, and also not cause any lateral change to the sight alignment.

3. Proper Placement of the Trigger Finger: It is necessary to apply pressure on the trigger with either the first bone section of the index finger, or with the first joint. The trigger must be pressed straight to the rear. If the finger presses the trigger to the side, undesirable things will happen. The weight of trigger pull will increase; because of additional friction on certain parts of the trigger mechanism an otherwise flawless trigger action will take on the characteristics of a poor trigger when side pressure is exerted on the trigger. Another consideration is the effect that side pressure has on sight alignment. Only slight pressure to the side is required to bring about an error in sight alignment. The prime cause of exerting pressure to the side is improper placement of the trigger finger.

Figure 3-1. Correct Placement of the Index Finger on the Trigger. (a) With Joint of Index Finger. (b) With First Bone Section of Index Finger .

Ideal trigger finger placement may be modified to a degree by the requirement that the grip provide a natural alignment of the front and rear sights. The shooter frequently must make a compromise to overcome the undesirable effects of not being able to utilize each factor to full advantage.

4. Coordination: It must be emphasized that match shooting is successful only when all the control factors are consistently in coordination.

Ability to control the trigger smoothly is not sufficient in itself to produce an accurate shot. The trigger must be activated in conjunction with correct sight alignment, minimum arc of movement, and maximum undisturbed concentration. This might be called cadence, rhythm or timing. Under any name, it comes only to those who practice frequently. Occasional ability is not the answer to championship shooting. A three-gun aggregate requires 270 successful results. Consistent, exacting performance is enhanced by an ability to compensate automatically for errors. It is necessary during firing to press the trigger under varying conditions of pistol movement in conjunction with correct sight alignment. In order to apply coordinated pressure on the trigger, the shooter must wait for definite times when all factors and conditions are favorable. Frequently, it will be impossible to exercise maximum control. However, the shooter must never attempt to fire until he has completely settled into a minimum arc of movement.


1. Positive Uninterrupted Trigger Pressure - Surprise shot method - is primarily the act of completing the firing of the shot once starting the application of trigger pressure. The shooter is committed to an unchanging rate of pressure, no speed up, no slowdown or stopping. The trigger pressure is of an uninterrupted nature because it is not applied initially unless conditions are settled and near perfect. If the perfect conditions deteriorate, the shooter should not fire, but bench the weapon, relax, re-plan, and start again.

In instances when the pistol is stable and steady, and the periods of minimum arc of movement are of longer duration, it is immaterial whether the release of the trigger is completed a second sooner or a second later. Anytime that the shot is fired with minimum arc of movement and the sights are in alignment, it will be a good shot. Therefore, when the shooter has established stable minimum arc of movement and sight alignment, he must immediately begin to press on the trigger, smoothly but positively, and straight to the rear without stopping, until a shot is produced. This method of controlling the trigger action will give the shooter a surprise break of the shot before any muscular reflex can disturb sight alignment.

Figure 3-2. Surprise Shot with Positive Uninterrupted Trigger Pressure.

2. Interrupted Application of Trigger Pressure or the "Point" shooting Method: This is a method of trigger control not recommended, although used by some shooters. Some shooters think they can pick the trigger release time even after years of experience.

a. The shooter will align the sights and exert initial pressure on the trigger. He will then make every effort to hold the weapon motionless. During extremely brief moments of motionlessness, pressure is applied on the trigger. If the sight alignment changes and is not perfect, or the arc of movement of the weapon increases, the pressure on the trigger is halted and trigger tension maintained. When sight alignment is again perfect and movement diminishes, pressure on the trigger is resumed until the shot breaks, or after the slack in the trigger is taken up, initial pressure is applied and the shot released by a single swift movement of the trigger finger when there is a decrease in the minimum arc of movement. In this case the presence of perfect sight alignment is not considered essential in initiating trigger action. Abrupt action in applying trigger pressure will disturb the existing sight alignment and other fundamental control factors are subordinated to a minimum arc of movement. The application of all other fundamentals is required regardless of whether or not they are optimum.

Figure 3-3. Application of Trigger Pressure When Based on Perfect Sight Picture.

b, While applying positive trigger pressure straight to the rear, if any thought enters the shooters mind to speed up or slow down this trigger pressure, it will result in the concentration on sight alignment being broken down.

e. The decision to increase the trigger pressure may result in a reflex action commonly known as anticipation and usually results in heeling the shot (The bullet strikes the target at approximately one o'clock). The recoil becomes more imminent and the brain will send a signal for the arm and hand muscles to react prematurely a split second before the shot is fired; resulting in frequent bad shots and low scores.

Figure 3-4. Shot fired With interrupted Trigger Pressure Compared to Shot Fired With Uninterrupted Positive Trigger Control.


1. The most serious and disrupting error made by the shooter is jerking - that is, the abrupt application of pressure on the trigger accompanied with muscular action of the hand and arm muscles.

If Jerking was limited to abrupt pressure on the trigger, and the rapid displacement of the axis of the bore, it would cause only part of the results.

a. Jerking is usually accompanied by:

(1) The sharp straining of all the muscles in the arm arid shoulder.

(2) The abrupt tightening of the hand on the grip.

(3) Failure to press the trigger directly to the rear.

All of these factors taken together, lead to a great shifting of the pistol to the side and down and only a very poor shot can result.

b. Most frequently, jerking is observed in new shooters. Usually because of a large arc of movement, favorable moments for producing a good shot are of very short duration.

c. The cause of trigger jerking is the practice of "snatching a ten-pointer", as the expression goes. The shooter tries to fire at the moment when the centered front sight, as it moves back and forth, passes under the lower edge of the bull's eye, or comes to a stop, for a brief time, near the center of the aiming area. Since these moments are fleeting the inexperienced shooter strives to exert all the necessary pressure on the trigger at that time. This rapid and abrupt trigger pressure is accompanied not only by the work of the muscles in the index finger, but also by the sympathetic action of a number of other muscles. The involuntary action of these muscles produces the "jerk", and the inaccurate shot that results. The young shooter, in anticipation of the recoil of the pistol and the loud noise, strains his muscles by flinching, to counteract the anticipated recoil. This is also known as heeling the shot.

d. Practice has shown that a young shooter must be warned sufficiently early in his training about the dangers of jerking the trigger and effective steps taken to instruct him in the correct technique of accurate shooting.

e. Difficulty In detecting errors In trigger control is frequently because the pistol shifted during recoil and errors are not recognized. The shooter has a more difficult time in evaluating than a coach, and often does not realize that he is jerking the trigger, blinking his eyes, or straining his arm and shoulder muscles.

f. The easiest way to correct jerking in the young shooter is by the coaching of an experienced coach. A coach can more readily detect errors and correct habits that will produce poor trigger control. Frequently a shooter does not consider it necessary to prove conclusively whether or not they are jerking on the trigger. It is necessary, though, to know that if he does not get rid of the detrimental habit of jerking on the trigger, he will never succeed in achieving good results.

g. Signs of jerking are an increased in the size of the area of the shot group or shots off to the side which are not called there; chiefly to the left and down (for righthanders). To correct the condition, the shooter must make a change In his training exercise, but in no Instance must he stop them.

(1) Dry-fire practice will enable the nervous system to rest from the recoil of the shot. By this practice some of the reflexes which are detrimental to firing (tensing of the arm In order to counteract the recoil, the straining of the muscles in anticipation of the shot, blinking from the noise of the shot), are not being developed. They will, In fact, begin to decrease and may completely disappear.

(2) Secondly, the shooter may continue regular training, but occasionally he may practice "dry". This way, he will not lose the stability of this position, as well as the useful reflexes which the shooter has developed during the process of previous firings.

{3) By aiming carefully and noting attentively everything that happens to the pistol when he presses on the trigger, the shooter will discover his errors and eliminate them. Training by means of ball and dummy and dry firing is of great benefit. It makes it possible to develop correctly and carefully the technique of pressing the trigger, and contributes to acquiring proper habits In controlling the trigger.

{4) When beginning to use dry firing the shooter must first overcome the desire to "grab" for a shot when the centered front site is under the bull's eye. Despite the arc of movement the shooter must teach himself only to press smoothly on the trigger and to use the uninterrupted positive control method of trigger action. When the smooth control of the trigger again becomes habitual and he no longer has to devote special attention to it, he can again shoot live cartridges. After starting again to shoot live cartridges, the first training exercises should involve firing at a square of blank white paper, rather than at a target with a black aiming area. Simultaneously, the shooter must devote special attention to analyzing his performance, counteract the desire to jerk on the trigger, and be conscious of reacting incorrectly to the firing of a shot.

2. Another error committed by a shooter when controlling the trigger is "holding too long", that is, the drawn out action of pressing the trigger.

a. A consequence of holding too long is that the shooter does not have enough air to hold his breath, his eye becomes fatigued, and his visual acuity decreases. In addition, his stance loses part of its stability. Consequently, when he holds too long, the shooter presses on the trigger under unfavorable conditions.

b. Holding too long is a consequence of excessively slow and cautious pressure on the trigger. This is caused by the shooter's fear of producing a bad shot. Such indecisiveness and over caution may be regarded as the opposite of jerking. Moreover, holding too long stems from the lack of coordination of movement which frequently occurs during those stages of training when the process of inhibition outweighs the process of stimulation. Simply stated, the shooter cannot force himself to exert positive pressure on the trigger at the proper time. One favorable moment after another goes past, and soon the chances for an accurate shot are gone. Naturally, the trigger control phase has been extended far beyond its effective duration. This situation frequently occurs after a period of dry-fire training exercises. The shooter loses the sense of the trigger's true weight when he fires for extended periods of time with a round in the chamber. When the trigger is released in a dry shot, the trigger seems to be rather light, but when the shooter switches to live rounds, the trigger weight seems to be considerably greater. He feels he must exert greater effort to overcome this seemingly greater weight. Frequently, the shooter will blame his troubles on faulty adjustment of the trigger mechanism. Nothing is gained from such assumptions. More times than not, the shooter returns to normal trigger control since the root of the evil is lack of coordinated control and not trigger adjustment.

e. The restoration of coordination of movement, and the return to the correct balance between stimulation and inhibition is brought about primarily through systematic practice, match training and dry-fire exercises. It is precisely this method of training which develops the necessary coordination of the shooter's actions. When the shooter's movements become automatic, the trigger finger will operate in an unstrained manner, and the shot will break at the proper moment. It is important that each training session begin with a few dry-fire exercises. It has been demonstrated that such exercises are necessary for the development of accurate shooting. Such exercises may also be repeated after record shooting to restore equilibrium in the nervous processes.

d. Frequently, a shooter, when firing for record, is unable to fire a shot. After several unsuccessful tries, a loss of confidence will arise. Rather than risk a wild shot the shooter should unload the pistol, time permitting, and dry-fire a few shots. After restoring coordination of movement, and regaining his confidence, the shooter is far better prepared, both physically and mentally, for the delivery of an accurate shot. Firing the shot during the first few seconds after settling into a good hold, will guarantee confidence.

3. We have considered the fundamental errors that arise in trigger control. Let us now consider a problem that is also closely related to trigger control - trigger adjustment.

a. The firing of an accurate shot depends to a great extent on the quality of the trigger adjustment. An incorrectly adjusted trigger aggravates the errors committed by the shooter as he exerts pressure on the trigger. Incorrect adjustments include:

(1) Excessive trigger weight.
(2) Excessive long creep (movement of trigger).
(3) Too light trigger weight.
(4) Variable trigger weight.

b. The shooter should not try to overcome these difficulties with modification in his trigger control but take the problem and pistol to the armorer (gunsmith) for solution.

The Advantages of Shooting at Moving Target Systems


Emphasis must be placed on the importance of learning proper and safe shooting skills from a qualified and reputable firearms trainer. The techniques you will learn are invaluable, regardless of your preferred firearm platform of training method.



[stat-ik] /ˈstæt ɪk/     

1. pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition.

2. showing little or no change: a static concept; a static relationship.

3. lacking movement, development, or vitality:

When you train solely with static or stationary targets – be it pieces of paper or standing pieces of steel you are advancing your skills at the maximum pace. Your skills can be made static. Bad habits can be learned, but because the target isn’t moving you can often compensate to mask those bad habits. When shooting stationary targets you can make adjustments (often with using other poor shooting techniques) to make sure you get your shots on target. Moving targets however can expose those habits and help you to build proper fundamental shooting skills to improve your speed and accuracy.

Moving targets, particularly the first run at them can make people uncomfortable. When shooters first try moving target systems they are amazed at the difficulty in acquiring and consistently striking on target. It can be intimidating – but that intimidation is often a subtle hint towards lack of confidence. “Functional Accuracy” is a term we use to describe someone’s ability to hit a moving target. Functional accuracy is the ability of someone to hit their target when faced with a realistic shooting scenario. For instance this could be a self-defense, hunting or competitive scenario such as IDPA or 3 Gun. There aren’t many “real life” situations which will provide a shooter a perfectly stationary target to attempt to hit, much less stay still for multiple shots. If you can face the challenge of a moving shooting target your skills will greatly improve and you will build functional accuracy so you are ready to strike in any situation. As with all reactive targets you must shoot when ready!

Here are some of the core fundamentals to handgun marksmanship and ways that moving targets can help build those shooting abilities:


Common Problem:

There are some different philosophies on how to properly hold a handgun and we often find these differences to be shooter preference and handgun platform. There seems to be less debate on the fact that handguns require a strong, straight grip. This means you hold the gun with sufficient pressure to help minimize recoil and give you the best opportunity to get your next shot lined up. As an example: it’s common for us to see the dominant hand holding the grip of the handgun offset, meaning the barrel of the gun is not aligned with the wrist. With stationary targets you can make slight adjustments to compensate for this offset by rotating your wrist, or adjusting your shoulders. This allows you to get your shots on target, particularly by making adjustments after several shots. Compensating with these adjustments is very difficult to do consistently and often you will see big gaps in accuracy when you shoot different handgun platforms or calibers. Someone who consistently is on target with a 9mm Glock 17 may have great difficulty with a 40 caliber Smith and Wesson M&P as the mechanics and feel of the gun changes.

How Moving Targets Help Solve Grip Problems:

If your grip isn’t applying the proper pressure and isn’t aligned with the barrel it will prevent you from properly tracking and striking the target. As you rotate your shoulders and torso to track the moving target your grip wont line up with the target and your shot will be off. When the target is moving and you have the proper grip you will be able to more efficiently maintain sight picture on the target at all times. This ability will more efficiently translate between handgun platforms as you learn the fundamentals to proper grip.

Sight Alignment

Common Problem:

Many shooters struggle with understanding exactly how to line up the sights of the firearm they are shooting. Different handguns often have different sights, or aftermarket sights are placed on the gun. This is one of the easiest problems to compensate for at the gun range on a stationary paper target. The shooter will miss their first shot a bit high or wide and then move their handgun slightly to adjust for that miss. This adjustment is not necessarily made with the sights as much as a change based on estimation of the missed shot.

How Moving Target Systems Improve Sight Alignment:

When the target is moving you don’t have the same ability to see where the last shot struck and adjust off of that stationary point. Moving targets require you to understand sight picture, and train you to see that when all of your fundamentals are correct you will have a consistent proper sight picture when you track a target. You learn to feel when the sights are aligned and you don’t have the opportunity to second guess yourself because the target is constantly moving. When the sights are lined up with a moving target you have to pull the trigger. This will also help shooters to not rely solely on sight picture when aligning the gun with the target.

Trigger Control

Stationary Targets:

When pulling a trigger the force can move the barrel pushing the shot off its mark. This is something that you can compensate quite easily for on a static target. Because the target isn’t going to move you have the ability to wait and realign your shot. You can even outright hesitate without causing a miss. Static targets also allow the shooter to stand and line up the target several times before deciding to take the shot. Certainly in real life scenarios you won’t have that same opportunity to examine your first shot and make adjustments for the following rounds. For instance, having too much finger on the trigger can pull the trigger right (for right handed shooters) and pushing the barrel and therefore the shot left. The shooter can then adjust following shots slightly right to adjust for the trigger issues.

Moving Targets and Trigger Control:

When the shot is lined up you have to quickly press the trigger. Hesitating when the shot is aligned wastes time and since the target is moving it will move through the sights. The trigger pull has to be decisive, quick and fluid. The hand manipulating the trigger cannot influence the alignment of the gun. If you wait or hesitate the target will have moved and you will miss. Moving target systems will influence you to use proper trigger mechanics.


Stationary: Stance is another place where you can get away with improper techniques when shooting targets that are still. You can easily adjust your shot after seeing your last round and adjusting. If the target were to move an inch or two in either direction then the shot will be off and the shooter will have to readjust their stance to compensate.

Stance With Moving Targets:

If your stance isn’t correct you won’t be able to properly track your target. A solid, fluid stance is required to make sure that your torso, shoulders, arms and wrists align to facilitate your grip and handgun on target.

Increased Confidence from Shooting Moving Targets

Moving targets create shooters that learn to strike when the shot is aligned. They learn that they must act when the shot is available and any hesitation will cause a miss. The confidence increases with the difficulty of the targets movement creating shooters capable of real life accuracy. Training with moving target systems will also improve your shooting with stationary targets as you won’t be second guessing when the shot is aligned. This increase in ability and confidence is invaluable for everything from self-defense to shooting competitions.

We’ll often talk to people at the range that are consistent with stationary targets and ask them how they think they will perform in different scenarios. If getting your sights on target isn’t second nature how will they handle and intruder in their home? It may be dark, your heart rate would be highly elevated and your body will be shaky. At that instance when you think on your training which will you have wished you trained with?

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Jon DavisJon Davis, Marine Corps weapons instructor

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The reason is actually to help them aim faster by utilizing a technique known as "Flash Sight Picture".

I wouldn't advise it though. I am a former Marine Corps marksmanship instructor. I specialized in pistols and have fired these weapons thousands of times. That said, the thought has crossed my mind. The answer didn't come to me until another coach (from the "hood") gave me a good reason why this technique would be used. In practice it actually does utilize one very important sighting practice, but fails overall. This is a good idea in theory, but fails miserably in the actual execution.

First a primer on aiming a pistol. (Oh crap, now I have to do a legal disclaimer. See bottom.)

Sight Alignment: Sight alignment is how you line up the weapon to aim. You need to remember that the trajectory of the round doesn't automatically point at the target. (Why I hate most movies with shooting in them) You have to have control to make sure that both the back of the weapon and front are pointed at the target in a straight line. The easiest way to do this is what we were taught as "building the castle".

You build the castle by lining up the three "turrets" or posts into a formation where the tops are all even and the posts all have even spacing between them. This diagram shows what having an improperly built "castle" or rather how, having improper sight alignment will cause your sights to go off. (The bottom is the correct method, however I disagree a bit on the sight picture element, because I believe in aiming center mast, as I have shown below. Besides this, as long as you aim in the same place every time you will still be all right.)

Sight picture: Sight picture is when you place your perfectly aligned sights, or in this case, the same thing every time, over your intended target in the same place. The normal practice is to place the sighting posts over the center of your target. This creates a picture of how you should aim. With weapons that don't allow you to change your sights, you need to figure out how to aim and always offset the weapon to where the bullet will hit where you intend it to instead of where you are aiming.

As long as you know how to offset your weapon this is not a problem that you are aiming low and left if your weapon shoots high and right. So technically if you just aim the right the same way every time, you can predict where the bullet will go. This is why sight picture is so important. You know where the weapon is in relation to the target. Below is a show what a good sight picture with good sight alignment looks like.

Flash Sight Picture: This is a technique the military and other organizations use to get on target fast. Really fast. It basically means that that picture you created when you took your time is now placed extremely fast over the target and fire. You don't get exactly the right spacing between your sighting posts and you don't get that picture in exactly the right place, but you get it generally in the right place. The important thing is that you're close enough to the target and that you have enough experience to hit it without having perfect aligned and centered sights. This takes a great amount of time in training and use with the weapon before you will be any good with flash sight picture. This is a very quick way of aiming OK under time intensive periods. This is much more common in combat style shooting than the marksmanship style methods of better shooting.

So that is why Gangers aim the way they do. Confused? You should be. It is a good way to get a flash sight picture, but absolutely horrible for getting sight alignment. Let's take a look at why. The red arrow is the focal point for sideways shooting. This is what will be used along the side of the weapon to get the sight picture.

In general, as I said, if you are aiming the same way every time you will be hitting your target. The problem with tilt style shooting is that it is almost impossible to acquire a reliable sight alignment. The alignment in tilt style is achieved by making the weapon flat and aiming down the side. In theory this works, but in practice you can't accurately measure movement left or right and you have absolutely no way of knowing if the weapon is tilted down below your field of vision from the back of the weapon. This means that you never actually take the same shot twice since you are never actually aiming the same way.

The correct way should look much more like this.

Your focal point should be on the front sight tip and located exactly between the other two sights. There should be an imaginary lined formed along the top of the three posts. This is proper sight alignment. Below you will see proper sight alignment and sight picture. The picture is difficult to see the alignment so I added three dots that are common feature in many weapons that help gain sight picture and sight alignment.

In general I think that most people would agree that gangster shooters aren't really trained that well. Most of them are probably just imitating others. Only seasoned ones would have actual knowledge of why this is done. If you ask them they would probably not have ever heard of Flash Sight Picture, but this is the technique they are using. In general only the best criminals place very much emphasis on training and even then you need a few people who actually know how to teach everyone else. As I said, most people are probably just imitating, but they are doing it in a way that is consistent with some actual shooting methods out there.

So you see there is a rational method to the way that "gangsters" aim their weapon. It isn't an extraordinarily good one, but it does exist. What it is lacking is the ability to aim well and to fire the same shot twice. This is precision and tilt style lacks it. What it does have is speed and if you're lucky speed can be a good asset. However, the Marines don't think this way. It doesn't really matter how fast you can aim if you can't hit what you're aiming at.

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Legal and Idiot Disclaimer: Don't take my post as actual instruction on using weapons. I am an expert because I have excellent training, years of practice and hands on experience. You don't have that so you aren't an expert. Don't try this at home. Don't practice using these techniques unless in safe conditions under supervision. Don't use guns to hurt people. Hell, don't use them at all. Run if you see one. Call the cops. Do whatever, but it wasn't my fault you got yourself shot and I can't pay your medical bills anyway.

Target Is Moving Improves Dry Fire Practice 

Dynamic Training When Used in Conjunction with Inert Laser Pistols 

In the video below a tactical instructor shows us a training drill aimed at simulating movement while aiming at our Target Is Moving Shooting System. The inert laser pistol allows dry fire training while the target presents a dynamic interface. This is the real value of reactive targets like the TIM moving shooting target.

Below is an additional way to enhance the system by adding a reflector to the target system. The reflector "lights up" notifying you that your target has been struck. Be careful that the laser does not re-direct back to your eyes.


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Gun Talk TV Reviews Target Is Moving

Check Out Target Is Moving on Gun Talk TV. This was their "Targets" episode, with Mike McNett from DoubleTap Ammunition.

How to Improve Your Shooting Skills Using Moving Targets

We are often contacted by shooters looking to improve their shooting skills for competitions shooting such as IDPA, IPSC and 3 Gun. As its difficult to simulate the exact scenarios of these competitions for training shooters are often forced to seek alternative training methods.

Many of target shooting stages at these competition will not involve moving targets, but the accuracy gained from training with moving targets will help immensely irregardless of how the shooting stage is set up. You will arguably improve more from training with a smaller moving target than a stationary silhouette target and you can see more positive scores in your shooting competitions as a result.

The image at right is a "Sharpshooter" IPSC Target from Birchwood Casey. Its quite similar to an IDPA target. As you can see the 6" Target Is Moving target is the same size as the best scoring zones of the chest and head of the silhouette target. This smaller target allows you to sight in and learn to focus on that tighter, higher scoring section.

When you shooting with moving target systems like Target Is Moving, you will learn to focus in on a tight area and track your target efficiently. You will also learn to more quickly get your handgun draw up and sights on target. The other most important piece is learning to act when the shot is lined up. This comes from confidence. With reactive targets you are forced to concentrate on the action of shooting and do not have the opportunity to second guess yourself or you will miss the shot.

If you wait or second guess yourself when shooting the moving targets you will miss. As you learn to improve your shooting skills and trust yourself you will gain confidence. This confidence will translate immensely to your competition scoring as you will shoot faster and more consistently.can see the 6" Cardboard target is overlaid, and it matches the highest scoring zone(s) of the silhouette target. What this means is that if you are successful at hitting the 6" moving target then dialing in for the highest scoring zones will be much easier during competition.

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This is a great list from American Handgunner. Which of these are you guilty of?

10 Things Most Gun Owners Do Wrong

10 Things Most Gun Owners Do Wrong

1. They don’t zero their gun:

Most handguns come from the factory more or less zeroed for some kind of ammunition at 7 yards, and most will shoot close enough to point of aim at that distance most owners don’t care about any discrepancy — if they even notice it. But if your gun doesn’t shoot to point of aim, and you don’t know its group size from 7 to 25 yards, then you’ll never know — when you miss — if you missed or the gun missed. If you don’t know the gun’s accuracy (point of aim relative to point of impact, and group size) then you’ll never know what shots you can make, even if you are shooting well.

2. They don’t have a holster or work from concealment:

I can’t tell you how many times I see shooters at the range not working from their holster, or not having a holster to work from at all. And when I see someone working from concealment, it’s often downright startling how scary it can be. Yet these people feel prepared to defend themselves. Get some advice, and get some help.

3. They don’t have proper carry ammo:

We’ve come a long way from the days of needing to obsess over the exact carry load. Today almost any top load from a major manufacturer can be acceptable. But it does require some thought to make the best match to your situation. Just stocking it with what “the guy at the gun store suggested” is playing roulette.


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4. They don’t know the law:

I recently taught a seminar on the law of deadly force. I asked the 30 people in the room how many carried a gun for self-defense and 90 percent raised their hands. I then asked how many had training in when, and under what circumstances, they were justified in using their gun in a defensive situation. No one raised their hand.

5. They confuse plinking with practice:

Just cranking off rounds does not prepare you for self-defense. You have to practice drawing from concealment, hitting a realisticly-sized target in reasonable times, from 3 to 25 yards. You also have to practice moving, tactics, verbalization and shoot/don’t-shoot judgment. There’s a reason trainers say: “If you don’t train, then when something happens and you revert to training — you revert to nothing.”


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6. They never train with a tactical instructor:

The number of shooters who train with even a local club instructor is quite small. That number diminishes as you move up to nationally known tactical instructors. Training with people like this is necessary if you’re going to get good at the complex set of activities composing armed self-defense competency. Competition-oriented instructors are great to train with — but aren’t enough. You’ll likely learn a lot from them about shooting, but there’s more to self-defense than just shooting.

7. They don’t do judgment training/scenarios:

You can be the best, fastest shot in the world, but if I needed someone to defend my family, I’d pick a merely good shot who had tactical and decision-making training over you any day.


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8. They don’t use a timer:

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. A lot of what’s involved in tactics and decision-making is not measurable by bullet placement or a timer. And while there’s more to self-defense than just shooting, shooting is a critical element of it, and you can’t improve — or even know how well you’re doing — without a timer. You need to achieve standards reflecting reality.

9.They don’t practice at distance:

The best competitive shooters will tell you one of the things setting the top people apart from those who can’t break through to the top tier is the fact the best shooters practice shooting at distance — for accuracy. There’s nothing else so critical to developing shooting fundamentals, and you can’t ever be good without fundamentals. Shooting slowly and accurately for groups is a foundational skill, one coming prior to, and much harder than shooting fast and tactically. Think of the French terrorist attack not long ago in Paris. What if it had happened in the US and you were there and a rifleman was 35 yards from you? Which brings us back to the first point above.

10. They don’t carry!

Do I really need to elaborate?
By Ralph Mroz