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How to Aim Iron Sights on a Pistol | Episode #12

Hey Guys, we are back out on the range today talking about sight alignment. Sign alignmentis one of the foundations of good pistol shooting.
Want to keep in mind everything we are working with here is unloaded. We are on a range setup for indoor firing. And we do have a safety protocol in place in case of an emergency.
You need to do the same when you are out on the range shooting yourself. Sight alignment. A lot of misconceptions. A lot of misunderstood things about guns. A lot of the students that we have, we hear things like “there something wrong, it’s not me, it’s the gun. The sights are mis-aligned. These are the wrong sights for the gun. The sights were not installed correctly. Blah blah blah.” Most every gun I’ve ever picked up shoots pretty close to where the manufacturer spec’d them. Sometimes there’s a little bit of drift that takes place But one thing that we notice with our students is they just don’t know how to line them up today, so that’s
what we’re going to look at. One of the things we see off the bat is, that new students have a problem with is how do they align this thing? It’s kind of funky.
They don’t know what to look at. We say equal height, equal light.
Equal light means each side. They’re centered up. Front sight post. Rear Sight. You’re
going to center them up in the target. Not left or right. Not up or down. Equal light. Light refers to left or right, which is windage. Equal height, which is elevation. Going to
be straight across. This is going to be pretty indicative of every standard sight you’re
going to see on a pistol or rifle. What do you look at when you’re sighting
a rifle or pistol? Place the front blade over your intended target, and this is what you
are focusing on. It’s going to become obscured and your front sight is going to come into
clear, concise focus. Coincidentally while we are looking at this target, if for some
reason you are not aligned inside the target, depending completely upon yardage, your round
is still going to impact relatively close. From this position do you know where the bullet
is going to go? If you think about it, your gun is canted to the left in this position,
so the round would impact over here. Conversely, you would have this happen. That’s why we
go back to the equal light, equal height. Many manufactures of training materials show
sight pictures like this. Sang calls that the lollipop. What happens there is if you
line up this way and discharge the weapon, the round is going to impact somewhere around
here. Why? Because the bore is below the sights. So if you want to hit that, you need to actually
obscure it with your sights. And this is all dependent on distance and the size of the
target, but if you start out correctly, you’re going to figure it out real quick.
What does all this stuff mean to you? It means when you’re out on the range you need to
be thinking about what you’re doing. Not just simply sending bullets into the trap
and wasting your hard-earned money. Remember, we’re learning this stuff to defend the
lives of our family members and loved ones. So take it seriously. Pay attention to the
sight alignment. It’s going to keep the rounds in the intended direction and allow
you to become a better shooter. You guys be safe, subscribe to our youtube channel, like’m, send them out to your friends. Got questions or comments… want to meet Sang? Send us an email.

33 thoughts on “How to Aim Iron Sights on a Pistol | Episode #12

  1. I think the biggest question most new shooters have is where the bullet will impact. This clears it up very well, that the bullet will impact exactly (in theory) where the front sight is obstructing (and exactly where a night sight would have its dot). Very different than say an m4/m16 front sight, where the bullet will impact at the very top of the sight post (lollipop).

  2. Very well done. Great explanation and visual examples. I strongly recommend that you watch this video.
    Thanks guys, nice job.

  3. I got a question why focus on front sight, not the target, which I can't answer. Can you help me answer this question?

  4. When you aim, what are you doing with your eyes? In some of your other videos, I notice your eyes are both open. I always close my left eye when I shoot. Is this a bad habit?

  5. I always got mind fucked with people preaching about 6 o' clock hold and 12 o' clock hold, shouldn't it be the same universally?

  6. can you or should you not shoot iron sights with both eyes open or is it more effective with one closed?

  7. I didn't know people were this dumb… I thought aiming with iron sights was pretty self explanatory

  8. Great explanation on the fundamentals of sight alignment. I enjoy watching Carry Trainer training videos as they are insightful. I hope to be able to attend a training course one day.

  9. Ah, thanks for clearing that up. I've been shooting for quite a while now and have tried various positions. I've never heard the term 'lollipop' before but that's what I was doing for a while until I realized my rounds were going low. Obscuring the red dots (on the target, battleships!) with the sights cured that and I was hitting dead on. Thanks, doc, you calmed my nerves. 🙂

  10. At what distance should you “cut the target in half” with your front sight, in your experience? You said that you should obscure your target with your front dot at closer range, but at what range does it transition to cutting your target in half?

  11. Any suggestion for those of us who wear bifocals? The front sight won’t focus unless we tip our head back and that causes misalignment. Thanks in advance for your reply

  12. I do the same thing but my problem is @20 -25ft my sights look like there straight on but there hitting way left of target. So for example if I point at the targets left shoulder I hit center mass. And I'm right handed and left eye dominant if that helps

  13. best explanation ever, thank you, 'im starting to training and this was very helpful!

  14. I’m a rusty shooter and have had extensive training in the past,
    I’m really interested in using a 5 shot S&W 357. But I’m interested in learning how you would train with speed loaders. In civilian attire.

  15. I prefer a tighter rear sight picture so you can just focus on equal height . Combat style sights are too much guess work

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