“You can’t miss a shot fast enough.”
A shooters natural aiming area (or NAA) is the instinctive alignment of the shooter, gun and target in a specific stance. A good defensive shooter is one where their natural aiming area can be achieved in a variety of positions. Practicing good fundamentals will strengthen your natural aiming area, so that you will stop thinking about the fundamentals and instead naturally assume a good shooting position.
In a close range encounter, you will not be able to achieve a perfect sight picture. The additional skill to your NAA is flash sight picture. Flash sight picture is an imperfect alignment of your target as you recover from your firearm’s recoil. Specifically, it is used to quickly acquire your target during a rapid, close range engagement. Think of the last time you were shooting at the range. With your eyes focused on the front sight you should be able to see the recoil of your pistol go up then down onto your target. As soon as the front post is coming into the target, you will get an instantaneous sight picture of your target. This is your flash sight picture.
You need to develop your skills in both your natural aiming area and flash sight picture to shoot fast and accurately in a defensive situation. One more thing to think of, the farther the target is away from you’re the more time you have to acquire your sight picture. Conversely the closer the target, the less time you have to acquire proper sight picture.
Next time we will return to preparing yourself mentally in a defensive shooting situation.