a reply to: mysterioustranger
Okay, so a couple suggestions, and a couple questions.
First, like I said previously, I've seen far worse issues so not only are you in luck, but I think you're going to be fine.
Which eye is far sighted, your right or left? Am I correct in assuming you're right handed? (We will get into eye dominance later).
Regarding stance, if you spread your legs slightly further apart are you more steady? (forget what direction you're facing for the moment).
I'm going to make some assumptions here, and I'll state what they are; please correct any which are incorrect. I'm going to assume your primary
interest is in self-defense shooting, correct? Not some kind of sport shooting. I'm also going to assume that you can lift your right arm out
straight in front of you (even if you need to assist it with your left hand), correct? If these two are correct, let's move on.
What I'm going to tell you next may seem a bit unconventional, but it works. Ignore your rear sight. I think you are attempting to focus too hard on
your sights, rather than your sight picture. Focus on your target, then bring your pistol up into your sight picture. When the front sight covers
center mass of the target, fire. Your brain will do the rest of the alignment after some practice. In CQB the rear sight is not nearly as important
as the front one. A lot of people with vision issues struggle to align both sights on their pistol and then can't focus on their target (this is
especially true with left eye dominant right handed shooters). Always keep your target in focus. If your left eye is the far sighted one, you might
even try slightly closing your right eye, again keeping your target in focus. Don't worry, you'll see the front sight come up, even if it's not in
perfect focus. As you level the pistol your brain will look for the front sight, and as you get it more level the rear sight will have a tendency to
block it, but don't stop looking for the front sight. Again, after some practice you'll see that you will naturally align the pistol properly.
Next, and kind of hand in hand with the above; focus on your target, and then bring the pistol up vertically into that picture. So start with the
pistol at low-ready and bring it up from there. Now we can start working on the shoulder issue (and yes, I know all about shoulder issues, as you
Now assuming you can steady yourself with a little wider stance (from above), turn sideways to your target at 45 degrees or more, even up to as much
as almost 90 degrees. As you draw your pistol keep your elbows bent and your pistol pointing downrange, but close to your body. So lets say you draw
from a 3 o'clock holster position, you would bring your pistol out, then down range and then begin to raise it vertically along the button line of
your shirt. As you get to about the bottom of your ribcage begin extending your arms outward. It's like a diagonal motion upward and outward. This
can be done with one or both hands. The whole time keep your target in focus, don't look for your pistol. Just before your front sight comes up into
your sight picture your right arm should be fully extended. Your left arm will not (because of the angle you are standing at to your target), and
this is a good thing because it supports your right arm and shoulder. From there, raise the pistol vertically to your target. When the front sight
covers center mass of the target, pull the trigger.
This is one area where I am not real fond of DA/SA pistols (unless you've had some serious trigger work done). The reason is, the first shot requires
about 20x the amount of trigger pull that the second shot does, and this throws people off (in my mind it's also very dangerous). In these situations
it's better to have a straight DA (something like a revolver) or a straight SA (something like a 1911). Hence why I carry in Condition 1 only (i.e.
mag in, round chambered, hammer back and safety on.) With a DA/SA pistol you'll effectively be carrying in Condition 2 (mag in, round chambered,
hammer down and safety on), and then immediately go from Condition 2 to Condition 0 (hammer back, safety off) for the second shot. The safety off and
trigger pull essentially is Condition 1. Hence the danger. In a high stress situation, which self defense most definitely is, this can lead to an AD
on the 2nd round. With a straight SA semi-auto you go from Condition 1 to Condition 0 just by switching the safety off, and then you stay in
Condition 0 until you put the safety back on again (Condition 1). Much safer operation, especially in an extreme stress situation. But people get
weird/uneasy about carrying in Condition 1 (and that discussion could go on for pages and pages alone).
Let me know if any of these things are helpful to you, and if you have any other questions.