You Can’t Use Your Sights in a Gunfight: Another Myth That Just Won’t Die

One persistent piece of gun shop lore is that it’s impossible to use your sights under the stress of a violent encounter. Entire alternative shooting systems have been built around this idea and many of the arguments used to perpetuate the myth seem convincing at first, especially to those who are still learning gun fighting basics. While it is true that you can learn to make hits without using your sights, particularly when both you and your target are stationary, all of the alternative, sightless methods of shooting fall apart quickly when movement is introduced and distances increase. People tend to start moving pretty fast once a shot is fired, or even before, and hitting moving targets should be something we can do on demand. Unless you are very lucky, this generally requires using sights, and believe it or not, with practice it is possible.

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