The next time you go to the range, try this simple training exercise. Instead of firing at a typical combat or bullseye target, draw a cross on the blank side of the paper. Use a heavy black felt-tipped marker. A full sized target paper will hold six crosses. Use the intersection of the cross as your aiming point. Most shooters will immediately recognize a major reduction in group size. Why? Because you will have an exactly the same aiming point every shot and that aiming point will be no larger than the front sight tip appears to be during sighting. Additionally, the arms of the cross draw the eye onto the aiming point, reducing the temptation for the shooter to drift focus onto the target. Marksmanship, that is the mastery of consistently accurate fire, depends primarily on sighting. Most shooters, even experienced shooters, do not know how to fanatically focus on the front sight tip. This drill will help. When teaching, I use cross targets almost exclusively. For more information, see The Perfect Pistol Shot

The Author
Albert League is a former Marine and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics.