Let us begin these articles with a couple of universal truths. Every man is born thinking he knows how to drive, shoot, and romance. However, there’s a right and a wrong way to do everything.
The Appleseed Project was formed in 2006 for the purpose of teaching civic virtue through lessons from the Revolutionary War Generation and rifle marksmanship in the tradition of the US Military’s interwar years program of instruction. Like Johnny Appleseed spreading apple trees across the land; the Appleseed Project spreads a renewed sense of self-reliance and fidelity to the Republic in these increasingly troubled times. I cannot recommend more highly a weekend spent with your family members at an Appleseed Project Shoot (the next scheduled for Kentucky is 19 and 20 September at Knob Creek outside our old home post of Ft. Knox).
One of the first marksmanship lessons taught by Appleseed instructors is achieving proper natural point of aim (NPOA). If you do not achieve NPOA prior to shooting, you will constantly be “muscling” the gun in order to keep the sights aligned with your target. For a single “snap” shot, you may be able to get away with not achieving NPOA. For a long string of fire, you will be exhausted by the end of the string and I guarantee you will not achieve as much accuracy as a man who’s taken just a few precious seconds to achieve NPOA.
Achieving NPOA can be checked by assuming your firing position and sighting in on target; close your eyes and completely relax; slowly reopen your eyes and check your sight picture. Still roughly on target? You’ve achieved NPOA. Sights way off? Adjust your position until you can reopen your eyes and find your sight picture approximately on target. The little things matter.
Next Week: Sling Work