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Learning how to shoot sideways is a must do for all you aspiring gangsters on the fly.

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'Building the castle': This graphic shows the conventional way to line a target up using the sites on the top of a handgun.
'Building the castle': This graphic shows the conventional way to line a target up using the sites on the top of a handgun.

Are you an aspiring gangster wondering how to effectively go about your business of terrorizing and generally killing people that don’t see your way? Then relax because one former US Marine Corp marksmanship instructor, Jon Davis wants to confirm your suspicions that holding a gun at your intended sideways might be the way to go if you want to get a few quick volleys off.

dailymail.co.uk: 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.

He explains 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.

That said according to Jon Davis there’s a catch when it comes to firing a shot in a straight line otherwise known as ‘building the castle,’ it may take up too much off your valuable time in getting off your shot. Instead Mr Davis advises that using what’s called a technique called ‘flash sight picture’ might be your best bet. Offers Mr Davis:

‘The problem with tilt style shooting is that it is almost impossible to acquire a reliable sight alignment. The alignment in tilt style is achieved by making the weapon flat and aiming down the side.

‘In theory this works, but in practice you can’t accurately measure movement left or right and you have absolutely no way of knowing if the weapon is tilted down below your field of vision from the back of the weapon.

‘This means that you never actually take the same shot twice since you are never actually aiming the same way.’

So although aiming your gun head on straight might be help you get an effective shot aiming it sideways just might help you get in a couple of shots before your target gets one off at you. The moral of the lesson? Being a gangster requires you learning a few street tricks on the side so you can survive in a line of work that will more often than not eventually ensure getting yours anyway….

'Flash sighting' - gangster style: Mr Davis explains that this method is a much faster way of aiming a weapon, but it is much less effective for aiming accurately
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  • Depends on the gun, my Kimber TLE 2 ejects casings at about 10-25 feet away, no shittin’

    My G19, which is my favorite shooter (coming soon: Gen 3 G26! and Benelli shotgun) out of all my little half-dozen semi-auto collection, rnaing from Springfield XDm .40, two Beretta 92s, one heavily modded and shooting like a fuckin’ dream, and the G19 which is the carry, the Kimber, which is over-rated and shoots with pin-point accuracy but is, honestly, beyond my ability for competition-level long-shooting, and the G19 is a better defensive gun. I also don’t have to worry about scratching it and damaging it, as it costs 1/3 the price of the Kimber.

    Any, tirade over :P….I’d rather shoot the correct way. In a defensive shoot at about 10-15 feet I’d draw from my right-holster, inside the waste or outside if it’s larger than a G26-19 or a snub, fire from the hip 2-3 times, raise up, and Mozambique the mofo as best as I can. and likely do a shit-poor job in spite of lots of target-practice. My dad is the combat veteran, I’ve had street-skirmishes. He’s a former Marine Recon, Vietnam Vet. Later went on to train SEALs and various other groups hand-to-hand and knife-fighting techniques. He’s a 3rd don in Aikido and has advanced training Krav Maga, and some stuff he picked up in the Philippines. Really nasty knife-fighting stuff and striking techniques that are remarkable similar to Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do, mixed together, both of which I black-belted in. He also taught me to shoot and I was amazed at how shitty I was when I shot my single-stacked .45 the first time. I also had FTEs because I wasn’t gripping it right, lol!

    Live and learn though, eh? 17 years of martial arts training, 8 years as an amateur boxer, 5 years spent on the streets in a gang, I’m 26, which is middle-aged for gang-life. Been out for a few years now, every once in awhile something comes back to bite me in the ass some way or another. Got jumped awhile back, beat the shit out of someone not long after that, then it escalated and got nasty then I did the right thing and got the police involved after I had been slashed across the ribs and broke someone’s collerbone. All in all, I’ve failed in the teachings of my father, Gene Fuller, Eddie ‘Flash’ Newman, Master Kim, and my mother, of course. I became violent again, I got hurt, I fucked my back up getting jumped, bad, real bad. I got worse and abused painkillers so I could go on a vendetta, I hurt people like I did in the old days, I got hurt worse than I ever did because I had gotten slow and was being stupid, back injury upon back injury made me old.

    I nearly got shot, I met a lot of old friends who had joined the military, come back, and now were no longer aiming their guns sideways. They also had modded-out AR-15s, holographic sighting, etc. I had one of those junk Ak-47s, a Romanian one, WASR. Works good, not that it was with me…or I was in a big gun fight, or anythign like that. I did end up having to fire a weapon twice in my life and it haunts me. Both situations wound up being justified, it’s amazing how your training can kick in. They say shit does slow down as your addrenaline and fast twitch-fiber muscles kick in, muscle-memory, etc., things slow down, you do what you do. I think most of that’s true, except the slowing down part. Things speed up. Sometimes so much so that the juice is all you seem to hang on to. Combat junkies, street fighting junkies, sports fighting junkies, I’ve been waste deep in the two least deadly and dipped my toes in one that would’ve seen to me a cell eventually, a body bag, maybe.

    Fuck that shit, and what freaks me out is how many people I know that don’t deserve guns at all. They got these great guns, a $700 Springfield 1911, tri-color, compact, beautiful, right? Gets it for lending some guy $200 for some cannabis. Technically the sale was legal, cash for the gun, he didn’t technically know what the guy was doing, plausible deniability, plus, he’s not the police anyway. I’m sure he could get in trouble but anyway, that’s not my point. He’s had it for 3 months, keeps one magazine loaded, calls it a clip (I said clips are for Mausers, M-1s, he said an M-1 was a machine gun you mount on a tank, that he knew his World War 1 and 2 history…yup), yeah, I was being a smart-ass, at least I was right. He hadn’t even fired his brand-new Mossberg, pistol grip, 500, an effective home-defense gun that has ever been, as long as you get a fucking tac-light on it so you don’t shoot your wife or kids. Happens waaay too much-Ahem, he hasn’t shot it, once. The .45 looked brand new, maybe fired a few times. Those 1911s, even a Springfield compact, one of their top-models without getting into high-end custom shit-It is very tight, usually needs 200 rounds put through to get it all broken-in and fully reliable. Personally, after owning a top-drawer 1911 that didn’t break the bank, I’d take a Glock, S&W M&Pc, Springfield XD/m/c, a Mossberg 500, the Benelli I want to get ASAP (on sale for $400! Can’t remember the exact model name but it’s a $600 shotgun, pistol grip on it, great action, great trigger, sorry, I’m just excited :D).

    I have a strategy with my dad, all we have is a .25 auto right now, at our new apartment. No safe here, so, no good guns. Anyway, it’s totally usable, doesn’t jam, we got other stuff, but we have a call we make out to each other, from cover, we’ve practiced it as much as we can without becoming total nutjobs…I think.

    PS: I’d like to add I’m a liberal atheist anti-theist (To an extent, within reason), I have a gay brother whom I fully support and I am a Drug War Reformist to the highest extent that it’s probably going to be a career, one I hope to end, I will be literally trying to put myself out of work for my job. Which is cool. I love guns, I love this country, I love being liberal as hell and don’t even mind it when I get called a socialist. I have 2 copies of the Constitution and 3 copies of the Bible in different translations (one is the Jeffersonian), was raised LDS. I have been at the top of my class in debate and have spent much of my time reading about world religion. Nearly 5 years of my time, almost as much as I spend training, writing (fiction, poetry, journalism, blogging), studying, politics, and a few other things.

    Anyway, I spend nearly 15 hours a week studying religion and politics and I genuinely do my best to try and believe in the most rational things, to take the most rational course possible. I mention this because I keep running into this stereotype that I can’t own a gun and be a true liberal and blah blah blah.

    Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Depends on the gun, my Kimber TLE 2 ejects casings at about 10-25 feet away, no shittin’

    My G19, which is my favorite shooter (coming soon: Gen 3 G26! and Benelli shotgun) out of all my little half-dozen semi-auto collection, rnaing from Springfield XDm .40, two Beretta 92s, one heavily modded and shooting like a fuckin’ dream, and the G19 which is the carry, the Kimber, which is over-rated and shoots with pin-point accuracy but is, honestly, beyond my ability for competition-level long-shooting, and the G19 is a better defensive gun. I also don’t have to worry about scratching it and damaging it, as it costs 1/3 the price of the Kimber.

    Any, tirade over :P….I’d rather shoot the correct way. In a defensive shoot at about 10-15 feet I’d draw from my right-holster, inside the waste or outside if it’s larger than a G26-19 or a snub, fire from the hip 2-3 times, raise up, and Mozambique the mofo as best as I can. and likely do a shit-poor job in spite of lots of target-practice. My dad is the combat veteran, I’ve had street-skirmishes. He’s a former Marine Recon, Vietnam Vet. Later went on to train SEALs and various other groups hand-to-hand and knife-fighting techniques. He’s a 3rd don in Aikido and has advanced training Krav Maga, and some stuff he picked up in the Philippines. Really nasty knife-fighting stuff and striking techniques that are remarkable similar to Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do, mixed together, both of which I black-belted in. He also taught me to shoot and I was amazed at how shitty I was when I shot my single-stacked .45 the first time. I also had FTEs because I wasn’t gripping it right, lol!

    Live and learn though, eh? 17 years of martial arts training, 8 years as an amateur boxer, 5 years spent on the streets in a gang, I’m 26, which is middle-aged for gang-life. Been out for a few years now, every once in awhile something comes back to bite me in the ass some way or another. Got jumped awhile back, beat the shit out of someone not long after that, then it escalated and got nasty then I did the right thing and got the police involved after I had been slashed across the ribs and broke someone’s collerbone. All in all, I’ve failed in the teachings of my father, Gene Fuller, Eddie ‘Flash’ Newman, Master Kim, and my mother, of course. I became violent again, I got hurt, I fucked my back up getting jumped, bad, real bad. I got worse and abused painkillers so I could go on a vendetta, I hurt people like I did in the old days, I got hurt worse than I ever did because I had gotten slow and was being stupid, back injury upon back injury made me old.

    I nearly got shot, I met a lot of old friends who had joined the military, come back, and now were no longer aiming their guns sideways. They also had modded-out AR-15s, holographic sighting, etc. I had one of those junk Ak-47s, a Romanian one, WASR. Works good, not that it was with me…or I was in a big gun fight, or anythign like that. I did end up having to fire a weapon twice in my life and it haunts me. Both situations wound up being justified, it’s amazing how your training can kick in. They say shit does slow down as your addrenaline and fast twitch-fiber muscles kick in, muscle-memory, etc., things slow down, you do what you do. I think most of that’s true, except the slowing down part. Things speed up. Sometimes so much so that the juice is all you seem to hang on to. Combat junkies, street fighting junkies, sports fighting junkies, I’ve been waste deep in the two least deadly and dipped my toes in one that would’ve seen to me a cell eventually, a body bag, maybe.

    Fuck that shit, and what freaks me out is how many people I know that don’t deserve guns at all. They got these great guns, a $700 Springfield 1911, tri-color, compact, beautiful, right? Gets it for lending some guy $200 for some cannabis. Technically the sale was legal, cash for the gun, he didn’t technically know what the guy was doing, plausible deniability, plus, he’s not the police anyway. I’m sure he could get in trouble but anyway, that’s not my point. He’s had it for 3 months, keeps one magazine loaded, calls it a clip (I said clips are for Mausers, M-1s, he said an M-1 was a machine gun you mount on a tank, that he knew his World War 1 and 2 history…yup), yeah, I was being a smart-ass, at least I was right. He hadn’t even fired his brand-new Mossberg, pistol grip, 500, an effective home-defense gun that has ever been, as long as you get a fucking tac-light on it so you don’t shoot your wife or kids. Happens waaay too much-Ahem, he hasn’t shot it, once. The .45 looked brand new, maybe fired a few times. Those 1911s, even a Springfield compact, one of their top-models without getting into high-end custom shit-It is very tight, usually needs 200 rounds put through to get it all broken-in and fully reliable. Personally, after owning a top-drawer 1911 that didn’t break the bank, I’d take a Glock, S&W M&Pc, Springfield XD/m/c, a Mossberg 500, the Benelli I want to get ASAP (on sale for $400! Can’t remember the exact model name but it’s a $600 shotgun, pistol grip on it, great action, great trigger, sorry, I’m just excited :D).

    I have a strategy with my dad, all we have is a .25 auto right now, at our new apartment. No safe here, so, no good guns. Anyway, it’s totally usable, doesn’t jam, we got other stuff, but we have a call we make out to each other, from cover, we’ve practiced it as much as we can without becoming total nutjobs…I think.

    PS: I’d like to add I’m a liberal atheist anti-theist (To an extent, within reason), I have a gay brother whom I fully support and I am a Drug War Reformist to the highest extent that it’s probably going to be a career, one I hope to end, I will be literally trying to put myself out of work for my job. Which is cool. I love guns, I love this country, I love being liberal as hell and don’t even mind it when I get called a socialist. I have 2 copies of the Constitution and 3 copies of the Bible in different translations (one is the Jeffersonian), was raised LDS. I have been at the top of my class in debate and have spent much of my time reading about world religion. Nearly 5 years of my time, almost as much as I spend training, writing (fiction, poetry, journalism, blogging), studying, politics, and a few other things.

    Anyway, I spend nearly 15 hours a week studying religion and politics and I genuinely do my best to try and believe in the most rational things, to take the most rational course possible. I mention this because I keep running into this stereotype that I can’t own a gun and be a true liberal and blah blah blah.

    Thanks for reading 🙂

  • ed

    This article hits an all time low for utter stupidity.

  • Church

    The gun will eject hot casings into your eyes and the rest of your face if you are dumb enough to hold most weapons like this. Also many “gangster” weapons like the tech-9 machine pistol are notorious for jamming almost immediately when fired outside of the upright position.