So Why Do Gangsters Aim Their Guns Sideways?
Marine Marksman Sheds Light on How Gunmen From the 'Hood Unwittingly
Use a Well-Known Aiming Technique
It's an iconic
image immortalised in dozens of Hollywood gangster films: the gangster
aiming down the side of his pistol before pumping a volley of bullets
into his victim.
But with most people knowing that the aiming sights are found on
the top of a gun barrel, it's also a counter-intuitive way to accurately
fire a weapon.
So why is it
that gangsters are always shown using their guns in this way? According
to Jon Davis, a former marksmanship instructor with the U.S. Marine
Corp, there is a good reason, at least in theory.
As a specialist
in pistol marksmanship and a veteran of the war in Iraq, Mr Davis
has fired these kinds of weapons thousands of times.
that when aiming a handgun in the conventional, barrel-up manner
the rear sites must line up with the front sight in the horizontal
and vertical planes to make sure the bullet travels a straight line.
technique, known as 'building the castle' since the gunman has to
line up the three 'turrets' into an even position, ensures that
the barrel of the gun is aligned perfectly along the trajectory
he wants the bullet to travel.
with 'building the castle' each time you want to fire your gun is
that it takes time. Time you might not have in a combat situation
or alternatively when you want to quickly execute your victim
and make a fast getaway.
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