Front Sight Focus

Front Sight Focus

For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.
For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.

This article will answer a reader’s question debating the importance of front sight focus. While addressing this topic, I’ll also cover the mechanics of the human eye and the different types of pistol sights.

“A lot of instructors, including you, stress the absolute importance of sharply focusing on the front sight when shooting a pistol.  You also put a heavy emphasis on the importance of shooting tight groups in your articles and gun reviews.  However, I attended some other courses and read a ton of other articles that downplay both the importance of front sight focus and shooting tight groups.  In these cases, they emphasize gaining only ‘flash front sight’ to achieve ‘combat accuracy’ as the key to effective defensive shooting.  I’m inclined to side with the latter because Read more »

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How to Build a Firearms Training Course

A training program is different than training…

Aegis Academy-pistol training-firearms training course“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Confucius

As a firearms instructor I consider myself a mentor or guide and I believe a great amount of thought should go into creating and implementing a firearms training course. If you are an experienced shooter or an instructor, the ability to shoot is not often the problem. Sharing your experience or knowledge often is. It is not just the physical action of shooting, but the organization, logistics, safety and small details required to successfully run a course. Setting up drills is easy. My intent is to provide you some guidance on how to begin and what subjects you need to consider.  If you look online for how to build a firearms training course, you will see a plethora of “courses of fire”, drills or target schemes … Read more »

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Social Media and the Firearms Training Industry

What to do with Social Media in the Industry?

social-mediaMany in the personal security and firearms training industry are still living in the cave where social media is known to be responsible for the downfall of society. The question for many in the industry who are learning to walk upright is how can we leverage social media? For the record, I am still learning, but these are my observations over the past three years or so of trying to pick up my knuckles and embrace the future. I did not have a personal Facebook account when we opened Aegis Academy to the public. I did not have a LinkedIn account. I didn’t know how to use instant messenger, or have any idea why anyone would send a 140 character tweet into cyber space on what they happened to be thinking of at the moment and even less of a clue … Read more »

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Smart Gun Technology

Smart Guns and what the future holds….

Aegis Academy, Smart gun Technology, Pistol Training As technology continues to advance, we have seen it impact the shooting community. From better quality optics, to improved material solutions and better manufacturing processes, guns have become more accurate, more reliable and generally cheaper than they were even ten years ago. If you take a look at the Tracking Point riflescope, you will see accuracy rates that are simply impossible to achieve with out using the technology – if you can afford one… Every one is talking about the advent of Smart or owner authorized guns. The question is what can a personalized gun or smart gun technology do for us?

There are number of projects under development to achieve the goal or making a reliable owner authorized gun. This is not the first time we have pursued this. The simplest design was a key lock, which was developed for some rifles … Read more »

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Gun Training – Why You are a Special Snowflake!

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

~ Albert Einstein

Gun Training, San Diego Gun Training, Firearms TrainingI am glad to have seen what appears to be an increasing number of calls from people who are point blank asking our staff why they should come to see us.  First, I am glad they are calling, but more importantly I am glad they are calling around and doing their homework! Here is my two cents on evaluating gun training institutions and instructors. The first thing you need to ask yourself (and them) is how is this institution or instructor going to help me meet my goals?

One of the most frustrating experiences for a human being has got to be change. We intuitively understand what will happen when we repeat the same or a similar action and we very quickly get comfortable with what we know. The more we repeat those … Read more »

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