The Deadeye Journal


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?


The PREMIERE USPSA match in Texas each year is the Double Tap Championship in Wichita Falls.  Robert Porter is the match director and he does a fantastic job.  I volunteer to be a Chief Range Officer on a stage for Robert and shoot the match for a discount.  

Each year the match is themed and in 2014 the inspiration for the match was The Matrix movies.  The match draws more than 300 shooters from all over the United States and is usually an international event.  This year the Double Tap Championship was graced with shooters from three different nations outside the US.
I shot my Glock 34 9mm in the Limited Division.  While the general opinion is that shooting Minor is a disadvantage, all I know is that it is a lot of fun. Pure joy.  I replaced the factory sights with a Dawson Precision adjustable rear sight and a thin fiber-optic front sight.  A Dawson extra-heavy magazine well and Dawson "go faster red" grip tape for those super hot Texas summer days.

I finished 11th out of over 117 shooters in the Limited Division.  I shot 278 A zone hits, 48 B/C zone hits, only 7 D and 1 miss across the match, for 92.55% of the possible match points.  Only one shooter shot more accurately than me- friend and 7th in the nation Grand Master Kale Garretson.  

Student Dave was attentive in class and quickly started shooting very well.  Then a wasp showed up.  A technique my father-in-law taught me was to make shooting fun.  Difficult shots will be pursued with gusto if they are enjoyable as opposed to just challenging.

There are few things more fun than disposing of one of the vilest animals on the planet--- wasps.

This evil demon spawn was hunting for cellulose for the nest.  He never made it home.


Well, here we are at the end of 2013. The Deadeye Method has but one or two classes remaining and students used to schedule them all.  While I can not yet tell you the exact number of individuals taught, I know that there were 141 individual classes with approximately 200 students made better, smarter, safer shooters. 


Without a doubt the Basic Pistol class was the most popular class. The Deadeye Method taught 126 Basic classes, 6 directed shoots, 4 Intermediate Pistol classes and 1 Defensive Pistol class in 2013.


The Deadeye Method received 52 reviews (a whopping 1 out of every 3 scheduled classes provided a review!) and The Deadeye Method has a five star rating and received nothing but glowing comments.  The high percentage of students taking the time to give a review speaks volumes.  That the reviews are so positive speaks to the quality of the instruction, the materials and methodology.


Steve shot 5 major matches this year starting 2013 with a Kimber Super Match II in .45 and finished as the Single Stack Division winner at the Texas Riviera Championships, 4th Single Stack at the Space City Challenge, and 2nd Master Class / 3rd Overall Single Stack at the Cowtown Classic. Mid year, Steve switch to Limited shooting a 9mm Glock 34 and finished 3rd A class in Limited at the Double Tap Championship and 2nd Master Class at the Texas Steel Shootout.  


At The Deadeye Method your instructor is a professional shooter who can teach- making better, smarter, safer shooters.

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