Worlds Collide: Return To Alignment

Posted by Rob Leatham

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Aug 9, 2016 5:14:00 PM


When you're firing rounds in rapid succession, your accuracy will be dependent on how well you can return the gun to alignment. Much too often we make it about focusing on the front sight, when it really should be about getting the gun back into alignment

That's why perfecting the timing of recoil control and returning forces is critical.  

Welcome to "Worlds Collide," bringing together the perspectives of two of the shooting world's top minds, Glen Stilson (Independence Training) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™).

Timing & Control

Top-of-the-line marksmanship is relatively easy when you're standing still; shooting at a single target and firing off accurate rounds at a moderate pace is doable over and over. In that comfortable environment you can follow any mantra you like, but when things start happening fast or you have to focus on other distractions down range, you will have to rely on muscle memory to insure you keep fast repeat shots on target.

It's all about timing.

How quickly and accurately you can fire a repeat shot is based on how fast you can get the gun back on target, not on focusing on the sights.

The sights show you when and where you are aligned but that's not what gets you aligned...

The arc of movement of the gun's muzzle flip is more important than the total amount it moves.

The muzzle's movement should always be at alignment or above, never below. 

We tend to fire our guns, watch the sights as they come up and down and forget about seeing anything else. It's a natural response - as we instructors have told you forever - to just focus on that front sight. But that focal point doesn't make you fast. 

Perfect your recoil control and timing to shoot faster and more accurately. 


Hit the range to practice your timing and control. Limit the gun's muzzle flip as much as possible without causing it to ever move below the intended alignment point. 


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.

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