If you are struggling with your aim on a handgun and cannot just shift your focus on the front sight, then this guide is for you. If you are not using your front sight to the fullest, it kinds of defeats the purpose of a night sight and iron sights.
Let’s fix that problem and find out why you might have issues focusing on your front sight.
Why Is Front Sight Focus Necessary?
To get a sight picture, you will need to focus on your front sight. Sight picture is the correct alignment of front and rear sights. Without the proper focus and sight picture, then you won’t be able to hit the target with the accuracy you want.
Develop The Habit Of Front Sight Focus
Whether you are using a soda can or a bullseye paper, always focus on your front sight. If you are feeling nervous about your performance and having a hard time focusing on the front sight, then I recommend you to empty up your mind.
Your Eyes Are The Key
Align the front sight inside the rear notch while your vision focuses solidly on the target. The target where you want your bullets to go. If you are having trouble aligning the target and front sight, raise your gun to a height where you are comfortably aligning the both.
Now, focus on your front sight. Think of it as you are trying to take a portrait picture of someone and the front sight is that someone. You should blur out everything else besides that someone.
Sure, your heartbeat and breathing pattern will move the gun a bit. But I’m sure you know how to control breathing patterns already.
When your objective is in the dead center of the front sight, then you can pull the trigger. Don’t get disheartened if you miss your first shot. Or first 10 shots even. Use those missed shots as a lesson and re-adjust the focus on your sight and the target. If you need to increase the height a bit, then do that.
Repeat The Process At A Different Distance
Let’s say you have mastered the art of front sight focus at 10 yards. Realistically, all of your shooting sessions won’t be at 10 yards target. Do yourself a favor and practice the same drill from 15, 20, 25, and then 30 yards.
If you can master the art of self focus from those distances, no one can prevent you from ascending to become the John Wick.
What If My Eyes Are Not Just Focusing There
What if you have astigmatism or your age is showing and have some vision impairs. You just can’t focus on the target or the front sight like you used to do. Then you might want to take a look at prescribed glasses. Or you can find out what’s your dominant eye through some testing and then shift your focus on that eye.
Many shooting glasses offer magnifying prescribed lenses. You can take a look at those as well.
And there you have it folks. Practice makes a man perfect. Just keep practicing to the point your focus on front sight becomes an instinct not a chore. If you get to that level, it’s all fun and glory now.
I know it might seem a bit hard at the beginning, but it’s not that hard. It’s all about how you use your dominant eye. Build up a habit and you are solid.
As usual, thanks for reading and hope you had fun and something informative to learn. Till next time, take care and have fun.
Hi, I’m Brent Hansford. A writer turned hunter & now sharing my love for the sport through writing. As I practically breathe weapons, I firmly believe I’m capable of providing you with new knowledge about firearms and hunting. My mission is to help more people get better at hunting & master the weapons. Let me help with unleashing the beast within you!