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Less is More When it Comes to Handgun Complexity

ImageHave you heard of SIGarms Academy? It’s a course put out by SIG Sauer, Inc., the handgun manufacturer. Did you know that SIG stands for “Simple Is Good”? 

This philosophy can be applied to all aspects of concealed carry from picking a weapon and holster to the sights you have on your guns.

Author George Harris talks about sight alignment and targets in his article “What We Need to See for a Successful Shot” on USConcealedcarry.com. 

“Perfect sight alignment is the front sight vertically and horizontally centered in the rear sight notch. Sight picture is the target, front sight and rear sight as viewed by the eye. Perfect sight picture is the front sight centered vertically and horizontally in the rear sight notch superimposed on the desired point of impact of the target. (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)” 

Sights on a concealed carry handgun shouldn’t require a great deal of conscious thought. You’ll already have enough to think about if you have drawn your gun and are prepared to shoot. Thinking about how your sights are supposed to line up is not a good use of your brain in a potential shooting situation.

Have you ever used a computer or automobile where the controls were completely logical? You went for the wipers where you thought they should be and sure enough, there they were.

This doesn’t happen by accident with guns, cars, or computers. It is a result of careful planning, research, and development, as well as an understanding of the human brain and how it interprets sensory input. 

All of this translates into some very well-designed guns on the market that you can pick up and aim without even realizing that you are doing so.

It’s also important to keep in mind that concealed firearms are by nature, intended primarily for close range encounters and shots.

You will rarely find yourself aiming at a target more than a few yards away and if you do, there is a good chance you could escape the situation without firing any shots at all.

That is not to say that you shouldn’t train to shoot over a distance. You should, but you should also balance the development of these skills against the realization that most shots are so close that you won’t even need to use the sights for aiming.

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