By Dennis Bowsher | June 11, 2018, 12 a.m. (ET)
Aiming is an important part of your shooting. There are two key aspects that go into an effective hit on the target; sight alignment and sight picture.

Sight alignment is putting your sights together in a perfect picture. The top of the front sight is in line with the top of the rear sights and the left and right spaces are equal distance apart. This is the picture you want to have every time.

A good way to practice this is to do dry fire against a blank wall. You can practice holding perfect sight alignment without having the distraction of lining the sights up against a target. Example; 10 x 20 seconds of holding with 20 seconds of rest. Depending on your ability level, you can increase or decrease the hold time. Standing in your normal shooting stance, bring the pistol up and focus on holding the perfect sight alignment throughout the entire 20 seconds.

With your sights aligned, now your sight picture comes into play. There are a couple of different points to aim on the target, in the middle of the target or just below the black circle. If aiming in the middle of the circle, sometimes it is difficult to have a clear image of your sight alignment.  I find that aiming just below the circle is a little bit better because you have black sights up against a white space, so your sights are a little bit clearer.


With your sights aligned and on target, there are 3 possible things your eyes can focus on; your rear sights, your front sight post, and the target. It is almost impossible to focus on all three things when putting your sights on target. I recommend focusing on the front sight during the aiming process. Looking at the front sight still gives you the ability to see where it is in relation to your rear sights (sight alignment) and allows you to see the relation on the target (sight picture). Just like the above set, you can do dry fire but this time against the target. Focus on having perfect sight alignment while keeping the sights on the same spot against the target.

The dry fire sets I mentioned are something that can be incorporated into your workouts as a warm up or as a separate dry fire workout. Practicing sight alignment and sight picture is something that should be done throughout your training no matter the level of shooter you are.

Thank you for your time and comment below with any questions you may have.