Shooters who are training for practical defense use of the handgun are often frustrated with the inability to shoot multiple shots quickly. The training remedy is fairly simple. Begin by shooting accurately at a target no larger than the perceived size of the front sight tip during aiming. Try the cross target as described in The Perfect Pistol Shot. When you are reliably hitting your mark, increase your speed in a timed rhythm, like music. Let the rhythm of your fire compel your speed. For instance, if you’re firing 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, etc., you are bound to fire at that rate throughout the string. What if you’re not ready to fire on 3 Mississippi? Than you are firing too fast. You are ready to advance the tempo of fire when you are perfectly successful at a slower rate. If you can fire very accurately at 1–2–3–4–5, then you can advance to 1-2-3-4-5. The problem is shooters start at 12345, miss and then determine the whole thing is impossible. Speed is the offspring of accuracy, not the other way around. A monkey could fire a handgun amazingly fast, he just couldn’t hit anything. Your goal is one ragged hole at 5 yards. Wild silhouette hits at 5 yards are misses at 7 yards. You can’t pick up accuracy later and keep the speed. Build your accuracy first and learn to shooter faster. Sighting will change to USMC Hasty Sighting which is keeping the front sight within the rear sight but allowing it to rise and dip. Point-shooting does not use the sights but doesn’t fill practical needs for a 20 yard accurate response, at least not reliably for most students. Marksmanship techniques can be found in The Perfect Pistol Shot, point-shooting techniques are taught in the new Practics: Handgun Defense System. Both are available on amazon and at some local bookstores and gun shops.

I appreciate the support of Perfect Pistol readers but I must remind all that Practics is not a how-to-shoot book. It is an advanced training course for well established shooters, focusing on lawful self-defense. The book is about 400 pages, mostly in text, there are about 150 photos but none are full page. In other words, that book is heavy reading. There is quite a bit about adherence to law and preparing to encounter police. There is a chapter on mindset, both intellectual and emotional. It is NOT a breezy treatise on crouch-grimmace-jerk with pictures of me posing with guns. Defenders have to consider a lot more than trigger pull. Please read the synopsis before you purchase. Beyond that, thanks for the interest in the book, I’ve been very fortunate with my readership.