Definition: Sight picture – the front sight is center mass of target, evenly spaced in the rear sight and level at the top of the rear sight. The front sight should be crystal clear and the target fuzzy.
The reason the target needs to be fuzzy is because the human eye cannot focus on two objects at different distances at the same time; one or the other will be unclear or fuzzy. You must see your front sight. You have to know where it is in reference to the target. Trust me: if you have a clear front sight you will be able to see the target beyond with your peripheral vision.
Several years ago, I was deer hunting and I saw an eight point buck. I looked through the scope and kept watching his antlers. As I squeezed the trigger, the deer just kept walking. I kept waiting for him to fall. Then I realized what had happened, I never looked at the cross hairs in the scope, I just looked at the target (the deer) when I squeezed the trigger. I totally missed the deer. Luckily for me he didn’t run off. The next shot I watched my cross hairs in the scope, placed them where I should have, squeezed the trigger and killed the deer. This same principle applies with the pistol. The front sight on the pistol is what the cross hairs are to your scope. You must see the front sight clearly every time you shoot. This is probably another one of the main reasons most people can’t hit with a handgun. One time they see the front sight clearly and the next time they don’t. You can’t have a clear front sight one shot and not the next shot and expect good results every time. Again you have to be consistent in everything you do. Front sight, front sight, front sight. This is so vital to having good shot placement. Always be aware of your front sight, its relationship to the rear sight, and its clarity.
When aiming with the front sight, do not use the dots! I always get funny looks when I mention this in class. When using the front sight you should use the very tip top of the sight where it breaks over and is flat. That should be your point of aim. So, what are the dots for? They are for low light conditions to give you a reference point so you can see their relationship to each other. In the dark you will not be able to see front sight evenly spaced in the rear sight and level at the top of the rear sight. But you will be able to see front dot evenly spaced in the rear dots and level with the rear dots. That is what the night sight is for: so you can reference the front and rear sights’ relationship to each other in low light or dark conditions. Yes, in low light conditions you have to use the dots for aiming, but not in the day time when you can see the sights clearly. If you use the dots in the day time for aiming at close range, it will not matter so much; but if you want to shoot smaller groups, use the very top of the front sight.