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Old October 12, 2012, 06:56 PM   #12
Frank Ettin
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Originally Posted by NWPilgrim may be a lot more work than a pull and shoot if they threat is only 3 ft away...
At 3 feet, one would fire from the retention position (item [4] of my description in post 5 of the draw stroke).

Originally Posted by Gerry
...economy of motion, plus your sight picture is already established before you reach extension...
It actually goes with the flash sight picture. Here's how Greg Morrison describes the flash sight picture (Morrison, Gregory, The Modern Technique of the Pistol, Gunsite Press, 1991, pp 87 - 88, emphasis added):
...The flash sight-picture involves a glimpse of the sight-picture sufficient to confirm alignment....The target shooter’s gaze at the front sight has proven inappropriate for the bulk of pistolfighting. However, the practical shooter must start at this level and work up to the flash, which becomes reflexive as motor skills are refined. With practice, a consistent firing platform and firing stroke align the sights effortlessly. This index to the target eventually becomes an instantaneous confirmation of the sight-picture.

...Using the flash sight-picture programs the reflex of aligning the weapon’s sights with the target instantly....There is good reason for sights: one needs them to align the barrel with the target reliably....
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