Fundamentals of Marksmanship Part II
This is the second part of a video series on marksmanship training. Click here for the first video.
Every person has a dominant eye that is used for aiming. You can determine which one of your eyes is the dominant one if you roll a piece of paper in order to obtain a tube and then look through it. The dominant eye will be the one you use. The gun will fire in a straight line that starts from the dominant eye of the shooter and goes to the target in your front sight. You have to move the gun for aligning your sights correctly. You will know that the aligning is good when the front sight is right in the middle of the rear sight and the top of the rear notch is level with your front sight’s top.
When the target is added, you will get the sight picture and you will only be able to concentrate on three different things, one at a time: front sight, target and reach notch. Ignore the small wobble and concentrate on the front sight. You cannot avoid it, but it doesn’t even influence your aim too much. Focus on the sight picture. The sight picture and the trigger control are the two decisive factors that can make you the best marksman. You need to hold your sights aligned and apply pressure steady and smoothly for obtaining the proper trigger control.
If you follow the steps above, the gun shot will seem natural. You will feel that the gun shot was like a surprise and not that you made the decision to shoot. You shouldn’t try to manipulate the trigger, because you can end up with the sights being out of alignment. Instead of pulling the trigger sideways, you should pull it straight back. At the time you perform the shooting, the gun must be held for a fraction of a second in the position in which you focus on the front sight, for making sure the shot is precise.
It is extremely important to load and unload the gun in a safe manner. The muzzle (the end of the barrel that shoots the projectile, also known as the mouth of the weapon) has a crucial role for precision. You must point it down range while you insert two ammo rounds into the cylinder. Do not try to pick up a dropped round. Instead, take another round from the pouch and load like you did the first time. In the case in which not all the rounds were shot, take the gun and drop the live rounds into your hand. Then, unload the empty cases by holding the gun at arms-length.
You can uncock the gun with the weak hand while you keep the gun in your strong hand. The little finger or the index finger of the weak hand will have to be placed between the frame and the hammer of the gun (below the nose of the hammer). Press back just a little and then start to pull the trigger. The hammer will start to move forward and you need to take your finger off the trigger guard. Use the thumb of the hand that holds the weapon for easing the hammer down.
Now, the weapon has been uncocked safely. If the hammer remains in the half-cocked position (it can happen sometimes), it has to be pulled back until a pop sound is heard. The hammer has to be eased down with your thumb again, slightly. Two last tips: always point the gun in a safe direction and never grab the face of the cylinder with your fingers when you uncock the gun.