The Deadeye Journal


I shot a pretty decent match this past weekend: The American Action Shooting Association's 2015 Nationals with a typical AASA match in the morning and Man v. Man shoot offs in the afternoon.

Man v. Man shoot offs are nerve wracking.  Imagine mirroring steel plate-racks with a cross-over popper between.  At the start signal you draw and shoot your plate rack and then shoot your cross-over popper.  Cross over poppers are two small falling steel targets that fall at an angle towards the center crossing over each other.  The one on the bottom signifies the winner.  

You and another shooter are racing to finish the rack and knock down your cross over popper first...

You can hear the competition shooting.

You don't know if you are ahead or behind.

It can be miserable- you can easily be induced to "shoot faster" in order to "beat the other shooter" while being distracted by his shots and not knowing if you are ahead or behind.

My advise: Just shoot targets.

Unlike some competitors, I showed up to shoot targets.  I think some showed up to beat other shooters.  That is a significant difference in mindset.  One mindset may help you win the match, the other will likely help you loose the match.

You shouldn't be thinking of besting another competitor anyways.  If you are then you're thinking about their performance.  When you are thinking about anything other that your execution you are focused on the wrong thing. At all times you should be focused on the process of your shooting.

This is a significant lesson within the The Deadeye Method's Basic Pistol syllabus.  

Yep... BASIC pistol.

You can only shoot as well as you can shoot.  You can only shoot so accurately.  You can only shoot so fast maintaining a certain level of accuracy.  Everyone has, at this moment, a limit to their ability to shoot.  Learn your limits.  You should ever practice to improve it.  But, at the match you should default to running that edge of your best ability.  That is how you post your best match performance.  It will either be sufficient to win or it will not be.

At the AASA Nationals this past weekend I largely shot as best I could.  Shooting one shot per target. One bang, one clang.  Unconcerned about what the competition was doing.  And it was good enough for the most part:  I finished 3rd overall, 2nd Stock Auto, 1st Single Stack and 1st Master in the Man v. Man shoot offs.  Often times this was because I didn't miss the cross-over (a fundamental failure) when my competition did.

You might say I did this well because my fundamentals were solid.  I would agree.


At the Deadeye Method we treat you like adults. Adults do not require being screamed at or being insulted or mocked. You need information, then coaching.


Paying for abuse isn't training, it's a deviancy. If you want to be personally insulted and physically shoved around, go take a class from someone else. I'm here to melt away your fears of the gun with knowledge. Strange items aren't as frightening once they are understood. As you learn to control that "thing" you will lose the unreasonable fear. Only the healthy respect remains. Over and over I observe students so terrified of the gun they have to close their eyes and fire a shot un-sighted for the first time become quite comfortable after less than 50 shots and skilled marksmen within 100 shots.

The video to the right captured some target critique at the end of a class.  This is how you should be treated.

If you are a new gun owner or many decades out of practice or just desperately in need of relief form the dogmatic stupidity in the gun world, come take a class with me. When you do, be assured you are being taught by someone who can actually shoot: a Master Class USPSA competitor with hundreds of thousands of rounds fired. Ask yourself, are you being taught by someone who by rote is repeating an agenda or someone who understands what shooting is at a deeper level and therefor can diagnose and correct error? Is your instructor capable of communicating in various ways what needs to be done to improve your shooting because he can shoot or is he just waving about a certificate? Try the Deadeye Method and experience the difference.


2014 was another great year for The Deadeye Method (taught exclusively at The Bullet Hole Shooting Complex).  We continue to show why we are San Antonio's best handgun instruction.

The Deadeye Method taught 140 classes in 2014.  The Basic Pistol class continues to be our most popular booking.  93 separate Basic Pistol classes were presented to an estimated 145 students. 

I was very pleased to see that we had 36 Directed Shoots booked. The word is out that the in addition to the best introductory training, The Deadeye Method provides the best coaching to improve your shooting performance.  

The Deadeye Method taught 5 Intermediate Pistol Classes, 3 Defensive Pistol classes, 2 Home Defense classes, and 1 Competitive Pistol Prep class.  When all is finally tallied I expect we once again saw some 200 students made better, smarter, safer shooters through The Deadeye Method.

Handgun training in San Antonio will never be the same.  

I think the video speaks for itself.

I would, however, like to draw you attention to a few things:

-Note his trigger finger discipline: Many "trained" and professional shooters don't exhibit that safety self-discipline.

-Note the instructor asking the student his perception of how he performed:  Grant was taught and he demonstrated his awareness of his shooting performance and could be trusted to call his shots.

-Note the accuracy of Grant's shot calling.  He stated he had, "one or two" shots he was less than enamored with in the first string and he was correct.

I will take you as far down the road of better, smarter, safer shooting as possible.  15 for 15 at 15 with professional trigger discipline and shot calling makes an instructor proud.

San Antonio's best hand gun instruction is here at The Deadeye Method.

I love that look. 

That look when when a student shows up and finds their home built on a shooting range so they can practice defending it with live fire. 

With live fire!

And with sound counsel, direction and observation from a former US Army MP Captain and Deputy Sheriff on how to to do so. 

It's part disbelief. 
It's part joy. 

I love that look.


Safety Sunday #4: There is no safety compromise. 

The gun-control crowd crows about making everyone safer while calling for another compromise. 

There is no compromise and we are not safer for it. 

It's they take, we give. They have more control over our lives and we have less freedom. We are further hampered in defending ourselves. Ask yourself, when was the last time the anti-gun crowd ever gave us gun owners anything but grief and scorn? 

The correct answer is never. 

They demand and we concede. It not a compromise when they say, "Give up some of your rights and we'll let you keep the remaining." Like In 1984, we're a victim of double-speak, which is to say, a lie.

Gun owners don't get anything in these gun grabs except soaked. We lose. As the precedent is set it gets easier and easier take more of our rights. Were you safer when they outlawed carrying a gun outside your home? Nope.  Instead, we complied, the criminal didn't, and we were less safe.

It's time to take back. It's time to repeal laws wherein we, "compromised." 

Stop conceding. Stop conceding on many fronts- starting with the language and propaganda battle being waged against you. 

"You don 't need an AR-15 to hunt deer," they say.  It's not about hunting!!!  It's about stopping tyrants like them in the future. We do need an AR-15. We may need an M16 and M-60 but we foolishly gave away that right. We'll be less safe if they outlaw, "assault weapons."

It's not a high capacity magazine. It's simply a magazine. We need magazines capable of holding as many cartridges as possible. We'll be less safe restricted to 10 or less, 8 or less, or single shot firearms. Englishmen aren't safer being disarmed. Instead, they are far more often the victim or violent home invasions than protected from them.

It's not, "a gun show loop-hole."  It's a transaction free from needless government involvement.  It's a cry for a registration lists which will eventually be a confiscation list.

They want us unarmed. They lie when they say they want reasonable compromise. They want gun ownership dead by a death of a thousand cuts. Every take they wanted and we gave was not a compromise. Nor will any future takes be a compromise. Each take is a step towards your ultimate disarmament and complete dependence on the State for safety.  And, dependence on the State is no safety at all.


Safety Sunday #1 - How to avoid shooting yourself (or someone else)

It's not really about not pointing the gun at yourself or another. Nor is it really about keeping your finger off the trigger. 

It's about your brain not being engaged. Your failure to keep your finger off the trigger and the gun pointed in a safe direction is because your not thinking safety.  That is a failure to respect the firearm. You can't afford failing to respect the killing potential of a handgun.


Your focus should be on the gun at all times and on the question, "Am I respecting this device?" 

I suspect people seek to look the part of a professional gun handler. Intuitively they see the efficiency and confidence and wish to emulate it... unfortunately this is only a superficial level. 

Instead, seek to emulate the professional's respect for the tool. He is efficient because excessive actions create excessive risk. He looks confident because he knows the safe actions and has ingrained them. He looks professional because his brain is engaged and he is respectful. 

You will look professional when you think like the professional.


Many of the proponents of "combat accuracy" seem hostile to "target" and "bulls-eye" shooting. I don't understand why- target shooting is combat shooting.  Some disdain was clearly apparent in these folks' defense of the idea that little fundamental marksmanship skill was needed to survive a gun fight. (Please don't ask me to summarize their feelings on competition shooting.)

As I delved deeper into the phenomenon of "combat accuracy" the pattern of accepting almost any hit was common.  Others were willing to pony up a standard of 8" at 2 - 5 yards. I was left a bit bemused at this standard. 

I was bemused because the anatomy you need to hit to stop an attacker quickly is much smaller than a 8" group by about half.  The heart, major arteries, spine and brain are usually 3" - 5" wide running up the center line of the body.

You need to be far more accurate than a 8" grouping if you hope to win a gun fight.  That, or be incredibly lucky. But, depending on luck as a survival mechanism is a poor plan.

These same people understood that skill degrades under stress. Yet knowing that skill will degrade they still advocate for very poor shooting skill.

To be able to hit a 4" or smaller target under extreme duress at 3-5 yards you probably should be able to hit a  2" target at the same distance or further... which starts to sound an a lot like "target" or "bulls-eye" shooting.

What I am trying to say is that if you are planning for a critical dynamic incident and crafting a consistent training regimen it should account for certain realities. These realities include a 4" or smaller target at 3-5 yards when you know that your skills will degrade under the threat of someone trying to kill you.

If you want to be combat accurate, be a target shooter.

At The Deadeye Method, I teach you the fundamentals which allow you to shoot 3" groups at 7 yards. I teach you to be TRULY combat accurate.  Once you understand these fundamentals it is up to you to practice and continue to develop your skills. Which brings me to my final observation.

If you place the front sight somewhere in the notch of the rear right you should never be more than 2" errant at 7 yards. That is a 4" grouping...

A 4" group by exercising the grossest of fundamentals.

What do you suppose this says about instructors who want you to accept 8" at 5 yards?

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