It’s 4 am and you hear your door being kicked in. You’re awakened from sleep and are groggy. It’s dark and you’re adrenalin is racing. You reach for your gun to protect yourself and your family. Think you will be able to use your sights? Guess again!
This is a scenario AWD’s gun training guru and good friend John laid out to me before teaching me to forget everything I had learned about shooting over my past 50 years! It’s easy to dial it in when you’re shooting paper at the range at 25 yards. Hell, I’ll put my shooting up against a Navy Seal at the range! (No, I wouldn’t) But the real world scenario of having to deal with some miscreant breaking into my Casa del Amor at 4 am is quite different than my carefully-aimed shot placement at the range!
My friend and shooting coach John taught me that shooting must be instinctive whether with a handgun or a rifle. So he taught me how to shoot without sights. And I did it quite well. I crap you negative!
AWD has shot guns all his life. Thought I was pretty good, too. Until I shot with guys who make a living doing it. Then I felt like Piers Morgan, only with testosterone. John taught me how to properly grip the gun (I had been holding it wrong my entire life) and how to instinctively aim based on aligning the gun with my dominant eye. And it worked! I requalled for my concealed carry without even using the sights. Moreover, I hit pretty much what I wanted to hit on the target. Now I don’t even use the sights when at the range. Real world tactics.
AWD saw a video that reminded me this might be a good topic of conversation for us:
John has also instructed AWD’s angry white children how to shoot instinctively and they are all great shots with multiple firearms. Brings a tear to my eye.
Here’s a monthly call from AWD to Angry White Daughter:
AWD: It’s 4 am and you hear your door kicked in, what do you do?
AW Daughter: Two center mass and one to the forehead.
AWD: Why one to the forehead?
AW Daughter: He might have body armor.
AWD: Good girl!
Of course, besides having a S&W .38 on her bedside table, AW Daughter also has a Remington 870 under her bed and a Bersa Thunder .380 in her purse. The 870 would pretty much negate the need for one to the forehead.
Question. Are you comfortable shooting in the dark and hitting your target? If not, you should be. If the answer is no, you should get some professional training on shooting instinctively because the bad guys won’t wait for you to turn on the lights and wake up. You’ll have to take down the threat fast and most likely in the dark.
AWD keeps his Remington R1 1911 .45 on his bedside table and a AR-15 with a 30-round Magpul mag with a Fenix PD32 flashlight close by. The Fenix puts out 330 lumens so the last thing a bad guy will see before his head explodes in a pink mist is a blinding light from the AWD Angel of Death! His last thought will be that he should have picked another playground.
For our new readers, I will post a link to AWD’s Gun In Every Room policy. In the case of a home invasion, you wouldn’t want to have to get up or pause your movie to go and fetch your gun. No, much easier just to reach over for your weapon, send some ordnance downrange and negate the threat without even missing a line from The Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.
Remember, a gun is only as good as the shooter that holds it. You should be intimately acquainted with the gun that will save the lives of your family and you!
Learn to shoot quick, accurately, and without the use of sights.
True story. AWD hates to sight in my Weatherby .300. It kicks like a mule. John hooked me up with one of his compadres who was a Marine sniper instructor who also taught the Seals and Delta Force. He fired a round through my Weatherby, made a few adjustments, fired another round and made one more quick adjustment, then fired a final round. He said, “Here you go. But after you get back from hunting, you should get your trigger adjusted. It’s pulling about 6 and a half pounds.” I asked, “how do you know that?” I just got a look. These guys are good. Real good.
Here’s a few shots of Angry White Daughter with some of our arsenal.