SCANNING – For What?

The problem is that all of us gunfighters that are scanning on the range are never looking for something that might actually be there! Nope, we just move our heads from left to right acting like we are looking for something we know is not there. It’s kinda like looking at your mother in law when she is talking.

Click HERE to see the rest of my rant on scanning.

Using multiple colored targets positioned to the left and right of your shooting position can help make scanning a meaningful exercise.

This article originally appeared in the SKILLS CHECK section of Shooting Illustrated magazine. SKILLS CHECK is a monthly column with tips and drills to help you become a better shot and better at protecting yourself with a firearm. Contributions come from Gunsite Instructor Ed Head and yours truly. Subscribe now.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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