How to Improve Your Natural Point of Aim


The Drill:

Looking for a cheap, easy drill you can do at home? Follow Mike and Steve through these simple steps to find and improve your natural point of aim and end up on target faster. With this “Post-It Note Drill,” you can get more rounds on target — quickly and more accurately.

The Setup:

You will need your defensive firearm, cleared and double-checked for safety, and a 3-inch by 3-inch Post-it. As with all dry-fire practice, make sure your ammo is out of the room where you’re shooting and that there is nothing beyond your backstop (in this case, your wall).

The Skills:

Natural point of aim is a necessary skill in defensive shooting. You want to get on target quickly and accurately in a self-defense situation. This is a simple drill that works on your natural point of aim.

The Details:

Attach your sticky note to a wall at chest height. From a distance of about 12 to 15 feet, assume a normal shooting stance and aim at the note. With the sights centered on that note, close your eyes and move the gun in small, varying patterns. Then, visualize the center of that target and aim the gun, still with your eyes closed.

Open your eyes. Take note of where you are on the target, and move your feet accordingly. If you’re high, spread your feet wider to lower your point of aim. If you’re low, bring your feet closer together. Move your firing-side leg to adjust for left or right of center.

Re-center, close your eyes and move your gun around again. When you open your eyes, you should be closer to center. Continue adjusting until you find the center. Now you know how to adjust your natural point of aim.

Safety Considerations:

Remember to always follow the four universal safety rules. In addition, double-check that your firearm is cleared, store your ammunition in a separate room, and make sure there is nothing beyond your backstop and that it would not allow a bullet to pass through.

Closing Thoughts:

This is an easy drill that doesn’t need a lot of room or a lot of materials. Make sure you get a good stance and vary the way you move your gun. Adjust your natural stance for height and windage to improve your aim.

Vary your training. Keep it fun. Keep it safe. And keep practicing.