With the constant goal of shooting better in mind, I decided to go somewhat old school for the new year. To start with, I’m breaking a couple of oldies but goodies out of the safe.
First, as I type this, my original Glock, a Gen3 G19, is en route to Boresight Solutions for a grip reduction and new lease on life. The pistol came with stock Glock night sights with the front sight staked in place. Loathe to remove them, and since I’ve shot the pistol very accurately in the past, when it gets back to me I’m planning on shooting it with the stock sights. They are of the three dot variety, and while I’ve come to prefer plain black rear sights of late, the bulk of my shooting career has overwhelmingly been spent behind three dot night sights. So in that sense also, the choice is a little old school for me. I worry somewhat about the width of the front sight, but in truth, this isn’t anything I ever worried about before I knew to worry about it. I do wonder if I gain some subconscious feedback on the proper orientation of the sights due to over 15 years looking through three dot setups? Time will tell. Ultimately, I’m largely coming to the conclusion that sight choice doesn’t necessarily matter all that much. Just recently, I read an AAR of a Rangemaster Instructor Development Class where the writer took 2nd place in the overall standings using XS Big Dots! Truly, it is the Indian and not the arrow.
Also, in an effort to improve my trigger press and overall skills while I await the return of my Glock, I’ve pulled my Sig P220 (which, coincidentally, also has three dot night sights) out of the safe for dry fire and range practice. My hope is that two attributes of this pistol will help my shooting. First, the double action trigger. Whether discussing a double action only, traditional double action, or a revolver trigger, it is a commonly accepted belief that practice with a long and heavy trigger leads to increased competence with a single action or comparatively light and short trigger. The double action Sig trigger gives me the best of both worlds from a practical standpoint. Second, if I can shoot a .45 accurately, then 9mm should be easy with its reduced recoil. Again, time will tell how this experiment plays out.
I’m going old school this year in some other ways as well. Last year, I purchased a short barrel shotgun to fill the role of a penultimate home defense weapon. I expect my tax stamp to come back early this year, and accordingly, my training calendar is already shotgun heavy in 2018. I hope to attend Daryl Bolke’s blocks of shotgun instruction at this year’s Rangemaster Tactical Conference, and I’m also taking a Rangemaster one day shotgun class early this spring (as is Robert). I may not have my SBS for Tac-Con, but I hope to have it in hand for Tom’s class. Needless to say, in some circles, I think a pump shotgun would be considered an anachronistic choice, and thus old school.
Also at Tac-Con, I hope to train with my Marlin 336Y during Chief Lee Weems’ “Social Levergun” block of instruction. As the levergun has been with us since the late 19th century, it also definitively qualifies as old school. If I have opportunity, I would also like to attend Claude Werner’s snubby revolver class being offered at Tac-Con this year. I don’t often carry a revolver, but I have been known to pocket one on occasion, and it would behoove me to be competent with it. Again, in some circles, an anachronistic choice.
So to conclude this post, this year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and going old school in hopes of improved performance and skill sets. As the saying goes, old school is the best school. Never forget, there’s a reason some things become old school. Generally, they’ve withstood the test of time, and they continue to just simply work. To parrot another common saying, there’s not really anything new to be discovered, rather, sometimes knowledge that just has to be rediscovered.
I wish all of our readers a good training year and success in reaching your 2018 training goals. I hope our writing here at the blog continues to be valuable and interesting to all of you. As always, we welcome comments and questions.