Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Natural Points Of Aim Matter
I was a little sloppy when I shot the Postal target with pistols and I shot a four and a three. That's not bad, but I was muscling in the sights and I should have used Natural Point Of Aim to at least center up the windage for each nut before I squeezed off. I wobble enough it might not have mattered, but it matters more when you move out to 25 yards and shoot with a rifle. I lined up on the top left nut, squeezed off; and missed high and left. I was shooting with my elbows on the bench and using a hasty sling for steadiness, but when you break that trigger the rifle will drift toward your natural point of aim before the bullet leaves the barrel. If that spot is somewhere other than your intended target, you will miss. I adjusted my position for the remaining nine nuts, breathed, paused and shot, and made all of them.
These nuts are just a little bigger than a 1 inch circle, so at 25 yards you just need the ability to shoot into 4 minutes of angle to make a respectable score. With a pistol at 25 feet you need to be able to hold your shots inside of 12 minutes of angle. These numbers have been my guide behind putting these targets together. If you make the required minutes less than those you make the target more about luck than good shooting technique. You should utilize NPOA for pistols, too. Adjust your stance so your windage is dead on the center, and then adjust your grip and holding method so your elevation wants to center vertically. I use a close-in hold with my left forearm on my chest when I am shooting .22 pistols, and it keeps me closer to the center of the target than shooting with my arms extended. I do the same thing when I shoot a rifle offhand, and also use the sling to tighten up my hold.
I enjoy watching Hickok shoot his gong at 80 yards, and he can hit it with just about any pistol he tries. Do the math. It is a 24" gong at 80 yards; that is 30 minutes of angle. At 25 feet where we have been shooting our e-Postal targets, that is equivalent to a 2.5" circle. You all have been hitting 1" circles at that distance with your pistols, so you could do the same as Hickok with ease after you learn your holdover for the relatively slow pistol bullets.
You can go to the Label section of this blog, bring up the e-Postal matches, download the targets still out there on the Internet, (All of mine are there.) and relive all the good times we had here shooting against each other. Make up your own rules for shooting them and keep up your shooting skills.