You Might Be A Brain Surgeon


Since I shoot on a daily basis, I see and hear some strange things. Some people, wishing to do well, get performance anxiety. Some people know it all, and some know nothing. As part of this learning process, I qualify each lecture I give with a couple of things. First, I don’t know everything. Second, while at school their brain and a parachute have something in common—they will both work best if they are open.

Actually, I did have a brain surgeon in a class. Besides being a nice guy, he was a little naïve about some aspects of shooting. He felt he could align the sights on the target, yank the trigger and the bullet would be clear of the barrel before his push affected the bullet strike. We bantered this about some, and then I showed him a few things he wasn’t aware of.

Correctly, this is a pre-ignition push. So, with our doctor weighing in at 180 pounds and the pistol at a about 2 pounds, who do you think wins the pushing contest?

When we push in anticipation of the pistol being fired, we move the sights off the point of aim before the bullet leaves. This is the reason so many right-handed students have hits in the lower left of the target. When the pistol is recoiling and the push is happening at the same time, there is often no sense of pushing the pistol. I know this because I’ve done it.

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