In the video below, you’ll see me demonstrating at the outdoor GZTac range. I’m shooting a course of fire – 10 rounds at an AR500 steel silhouette from just over 12 yards (approximately 40 feet).
I’m shooting by utilizing the GZTac grip and the back half (or so) of the GZTac presentation procedure. Here’s the trick – I’m pressing out at the target, and once locked out with pressure on the trigger, I’m looking to my right while I shoot the rounds. You can hear the steel ring as each round hits the target. If you watch carefully on full screen mode, you can even see the rounds striking the target in what would be considered the “A” box scoring area for IDPA competitions.
To be clear, my objective is singular in focus. I’m not advocating shooting at targets while looking elsewhere as a tactical of self-defense approach – that’s idiotic. Nor am I trying to make a series of trick shots. I’m ONLY trying to illustrate a critical point. That is, once a target has been acquired through any mechanism you desire (sight alignment, point shooting, etc.), the ability to stay on target down range – virtually without fail – is a function of your grip on the pistol. Proper grip allows you to stay on target by:
- controlling recoil as a function of alignment – left/right or right/left
- controlling vertical dispersion at the muzzle, and
- quickly resetting your initial alignment back on target.
In summary, the proper grip allows the shooter to be much more accurate, much more quickly, without the need to realign any sighting mechanism (thus avoiding the delay that sight realignment can cause during a course of fire).
The process I’ve described herein worked for me almost without fail. In the two hours I trained, I shot 438 rounds (12 rounds left at the end of my session on a hard stop) from 40 feet and 60 feet – primarily 5 and 10 round bursts. During that time, I had three misses. There’s proof – at least to me – in that kind of result.
It’s also worth noting that during stress events (such as self defense), it is highly unlikely that the defender (shooter) will look at their handgun sights. Rather, the defender will use their single point of focus in locking onto the threat down range – not the sights just in front of his/her face. For this reason alone, exploring other methods of acquiring and maintaining the muzzle/threat alignment is worth your time and effort.
Finally, I’m writing this article with the hope that this information creates thought and further exploration for you. I’ m not pretending to be a master or the best shot in the West, because I’m not. I am simply introducing a concept that I developed after years of shooting and subsequent contemplation. I arrived at these conclusions after utilizing the critical thinking skills acquired through many years of Krav Maga training. That’s it. Nothing else.
Enjoy the video!