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Firearms #7: Sight Alignment

alright Lee Santo here again at the TEEX
firearms range we’re continuing on with our series on basic weapons handling
we’ve talked about firearm safety we’ve talked about out a check and see if a
guns unloaded we’ve talked about our grip our stance and our draw we talked
about putting it in the holster and doing safety security scan before we
holster it and making sure our weapons functioning and we’re getting closer to
move into some shooting all right now a couple of things we haven’t talked about
are some things we have on the weapon all right and if you’ll notice here all
these weapons have set of sights on them okay and we need to know how to utilize
these sites and beyond utilizing the site we need to know how to operate the
trigger okay when we talk about sites we talk about sight alignment sight
alignment the basic definition of it is the relationship between the front sight
in the rear sight having the front sight centered and leveled in the rear sight
notch okay and my focus of concentration on the sites needs to be on the front
sight right when I line it up on the target I should see a clear image of the
front sight superimposed over the target the target will be a little bit blurry
the rear sight is going to be a little bit blurry but that clear tip of that
front sight post is where I want is where the impact I’m going to make the
impact of the bullet happen on that target alright so wherever I intend to
strike the target with the bullet the clear tip of that front sight post is
what I need to concentrate on now along with that I need to talk about trigger
control and I’m going to run a quick systems check make sure my weapon is
unloaded here no magazine chamber is empty ok and I’m going to talk about
manipulation of the trigger alright when I manipulate the trigger I should draw
it straight press it straight to the rear all right I shouldn’t add any extra
motion in there so I place the probably just the front pad on my finger
on the trigger and I’ll start pressing it straight to the rear until the hammer
fault now when the hammer Falls I should see no movement no extra movement in the
weapon system okay so I’m going to reset that trigger Andrey cock it and then I’m
going to press it out line up my sights on the target and I’m going to press the
trigger straight to the rear okay so I didn’t get any extra movement in the
weapon system and that’s the desirable outcome for this because if i disturb
the site while manipulating the trigger my bullet placement is going to be off
right so the goal here is to keep that front sight on that target and
manipulate the trigger straight to the rear each time any extra movement is
going to throw the sights off which means the impact is going to change on
the target alright and what I just did here on the range no ammunition work in
the triggers what we call dry fire and dry fire is our practice you know every
time we shoot that’s kind of the test all right so i can come up here line up
my sight press the trigger straight to the rear and i don’t see any extra
movement out here in other words the gun doesn’t nosedive here or pull off this
way or that way it just stays steady as i press it to the rear ok now you can
dry fire practice just about anywhere but again you follow the for safety
rules ok treat it like it’s loaded don’t point anything you’re not willing to
destroy keep your finger off the trigger till your sites are on target and ready
to shoot be sure your target and beyond also if you’re going to dry fire
practice make sure the weapon is unloaded and all the ammunition is put
away put it away in another room lock it up and do your dry fire practice this
will help you become a better shooter

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