Light Makes Right

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I always considered
myself a pretty well-rounded shooter, but advanced training scenarios
that included low-light shooting, shooting on the move and fighting
from unconventional positions revealed a few chinks in my armor.

Though I shot
fairly well on the move and from odd positions such as flat on my
back or across my body, I would throw the occasional shot wide and,
sometimes, a bit low. Those errant shots were usually on paper,
but they were not as centered as I’d like to see, given the fact
that my training sessions incorporate far less stress than an actual

I was observant enough to quickly diagnose my problem and improve
my shooting thanks to the telltale red dot emanating from my laser-grip-equipped
Rock River 1911. Though I wasn’t immediately enamored with weapon-mounted
lasers when they first came on the scene, that range session and
some subsequent, serious training sessions with various units from
Crimson Trace and Viridian opened my eyes to the value of those
high-tech training tools. Today, they are a key element in my training
and teaching regimens.

Most of my
carry guns wear lasers for tactical reasons, but I get more use
out of my weapon-mounted units and laser training aids on the range
for diagnosing trigger and sight alignment issues. I also use them
to help teach advanced shooters to shoot more accurately on the
move and improve their instinctive shooting and weapon presentation.

One of the
main benefits of training with lasers is improved trigger control.
I noticed that my errant shots when shooting on the move were a
result of me trying to time my trigger pull and sight control. Now
that’s not a bad thing, but I was coming back too hard and fast
on the trigger to make my gun go off right now.

That’s easy
to do when shooting on the move or mowing down plates at speed.
It’s also very easy to see because that red dot doesn’t lie. When
that red dot dove hard down and left, it was obvious to me what
was going on. That fast diagnosis made it easy to fix the problem
before it became a habit.

Now I spend
10 to 15 minutes two or three times per week dry-firing at the many
mounts around my office and living room with one of Laserlyte’s
Laser Trainers. The sound-activated trainer emits a brilliant red
dot every time you pull the trigger. It’s made a huge improvement
in my shooting from every position.

For live-fire
practice, especially when training new shooters, I am fond of Crimson
Trace’s laser grips. Flinches and heavy trigger fingers are easily
diagnosed and readily apparent to me and the student. That’s important,
because many new shooters will insist that their sight picture and
trigger squeeze were perfect until you hand them a laser-sighted
gun with a dummy round mixed in the magazine. The embarrassment
of that giant jerk will get them on track in a hurry.

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18, 2010

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