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Use of sights in SD role

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by La26, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. La26


    Aug 2, 2008
    Mr. Ayoob,
    Once again I draw on your vast knowledge and expertise, and hope you can shed some light on a subject that was brought up in a recent range session at our Dept. range.
    Much has been written about night sights, low profile sights, etc etc, .

    What have you found to be the general consensus concerning the use of sights in a self defense situation? What I mean is, we were once told that if you have time to use your sights (instead of just pointing and instinct shooting), you probably aren't in "immediate danger". Whereas if you are confronted with a situation where deadly force is needed to stop a threat you won't be using the sights, and you will probably react and fire without even thinking about it. I might not be phrasing things correctly, but I think you get the meaning of my question.
    I understand in a Tactical Situation, a Counter-Sniper will be using precision fire to stop a threat, and therefore sighting through a optical device is necessary. But in most street situations, is it acceptable to "use your sights" to eliminate a threat? Would this change in a civilian SD situation?

  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005

  3. La26


    Aug 2, 2008
    Thanks Mas,
    I appreciate your quick response. In our firearms training we teach and are taught, "front sight-front sight- press (the trigger), front sight front sight- press". It doesn't make any sense for us to train like that and then be told that when you are involved in a deadly force situation to throw your training out the window and don't use your sights. You certainly make it more clear.

    Thanks again.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011