It’s The Little Things That Make All The Difference

Hi, my name’s Kevin, and I have a turtle draw: I hunch my shoulders up and drop my head down when I draw a pistol, and that’s affecting the speed and accuracy of my first shot. Why? To be honest, I blame the Combat Focus Shooting class I took way back in the day, where you’re taught to hunch up and hunker down as the first part of your draw stroke.

It’s affecting my speed because I’m moving more muscles than I need to in order to get my gun on-target. I don’t need to move my head, I need to move my hands and arms so my gun comes up to the level of my eyes and I have a decent enough sight picture to make the shot.

It’s affecting my accuracy because of my nearsightedness. I wear bifocals now, and part that sees close is the part at the bottom of each lens. When I turtle, because of angle of my head, I’m actually looking through the TOP of each lens, and as a result, my front sight is blurry.


Fortunately, a friend of mine on social media posted this video of Max Michel: Watch how his head moves during the draw.

Hint: It doesn’t.

A brief dry-fire session over the weekend with my new stance had me making consistent sub-1.5 second draws from concealment into the down zero area of an IDPA target that’s 7 yards away, including one that was darn close to one second flat.

I’ll take it.

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  1. Consider having a lens done at the top of your glasses. Talk to your optometrist about this, they may be familiar with it. Might not be for shooting, the doc that I dealt with had done some for people that had to work on things above their head. Very useful for that situation! Don’t just automatically get the same as your reading focus. You’ll probably want to get the focus out a little bit further. Would help if you take something similar to a gun to show him the length of focus you need (front sight in relation to your hands).

    Try to not go bigger with glasses, as they get HEAVY, which was my mistake. My upper lens is about 1/4″ high. I would cut a strip of masking tape and fit it to the very top of your current glasses, and see how that might impact your normal vision. Do you turn your head to one side to any great extent when shooting? If so, you might want to get them to bias the lens position to accommodate this.
    Determine what size glass you need, and give it a try. BTW, not all vision labs will do this upper lens, so don’t be surprised if you have to shop around to get it done.

    1. My prescription is at least a year out date now, so one thing I’m going to look at is my options for a pair of dedicated shooting glasses along with my general use glasses.

  2. Consider getting tri-focal lenses – top is distance, middle is mid-range and lower is close -up reading. I compare it to what I need to drive a vehicle – top for reading road signs and observing traffic ahead and around me, middle for looking at the dash board instruments and bottom for reading a map (remember those?). When shooting a pistol, the target is acquired using the top lens and then the sights are aligned using the middle lens by a slight raising of the head.

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