Andrew Lake, Instructor
Aim Small, Miss Small
I have been shooting since I was old enough to hold a firearm. I have been carrying a firearm daily for the last decade. I have qualified expert on 6 different weapon systems for the military. One thing that I learned early on, and have employed ever since, is; Aim Small, Miss Small! While I know the statistics, that the majority of threat situations/ firefights occur within 3-5 feet, where accuracy doesn’t really come into play all that much, I am still acutely aware that I am responsible for EVERY round that leaves my gun. I have seen countless shooters and/or students that seem perfectly satisfied to be able to hit somewhere on a man-sized target at 20 feet. My humble opinion is this: hitting ‘somewhere’ on a man-sized target that is stationary and NOT shooting back, is quite simply insufficient. I train and practice until I can hit a desired, specific, pinpoint spot on that target, not just once, but repeatedly. In a threat situation when your life may depend on it, surgical accuracy may be the difference of whether you survive or not. If you are able to hit a stationary, man size target at 20 feet... change it out for a smaller one. Keep changing it out for a smaller one until you are consistently hitting a 4”x4” target at 20 feet. Then move back to 30 or 50 feet. While you will likely NEVER need to make that shot in a threat situation... Being able to exact that kind of accuracy, means that you are that much more likely to NOT send a stray round somewhere you didn’t intend. More importantly, you will be more likely to put rounds EXACTLY where you DO intend, in order to stop the threat.
My plea is this: continue your training and ALWAYS Aim Small! Do not fall into the lull of satisfaction with mediocre or ‘acceptable’ levels of accuracy and proficiency. Your life, or the lives of your loved ones could depend on it. The lives of innocent bystanders could depend on it. The ultimate outcome of a life-threatening situation could depend on it.
Keep training. Keep practicing. Keep learning. And ALWAYS: Aim Small!
“Everyone wants to be a lion... Until it's time to do LION things.”