We've seen him in action at matches like the 2011 JP Enterprises Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Championship, and it's no secret that Patrick Kelley is one of the world's top 3-gunners running iron sights on his rifle. In his recent article for Shooting Illustrated, Kelley helps readers put away their scopes and go back to basics by delving further into shooting with iron sights.
The Power Of One
As one of a small group of winning multigun competitors within the iron-sighted rifle divisions, I am often asked how someone can better their skills using a rifle equipped with the original one-power optic: your eyes and iron sights. While my methods are no secret, the frequency of these queries lead me to believe they are not widely understood.
The approach to iron-sight shooting is much the same whether you are a hunter in pursuit of whitetail with a buckhorn-sighted lever gun, a weekend plinker rolling cans with a 10/22 or a cop responding to a call with an M4 carbine. Your eye must be in the same position relative to the rear sight from shot to shot and you must know the trajectory your bullet will follow.
The close of 1997 found me finishing the climb to Grand Master as a USPSA Limited division pistol shooter. Shortly thereafter, the practical-shooting sport of 3-gun or multigun captured my attention. The 3-gun matches I first attended were weighted heavily on pistol skills, and I enjoyed short-term success. However, those triumphs quickly vanished when I ventured outside of my small pond, to the lake where rifles ruled.
The mantra of the multigun crowd is “shoot your pistol for speed, your rifle for accuracy and know how to load your shotgun.” At that point, I realized I needed rifle skills.
Whether you’re shooting an M1A or an AR-15, iron sights can be the fastest, most efficient means of engaging targets. Accuracy can also rival that of carbines with optics.
Read Kelley's entire article.