10 Days Until Bianchi Cup

Yeesh. I’ve got my hotel reservations set, my match ammo just came in yesterday, and now I just need to get my gun sighted in correctly for a three-quarters hold at 25 yards. Why do I use a 3/4 hold? When I was at the ParaUSA Gun Blogger Weekend, one of the things Todd Jarrett said is that when most people miss, they’re going to miss low and away. If you’re set up for a 3/4 hold, you help yourself by increasing the chances that a bad shot doesn’t drop completely out of the A-zone. Believe me, it works. All of my guns with adjustable sights are set up for three-quarters. That way, when I train, all I do is “put ’em in the middle” and press the trigger.

Update For the people who asked, a 3/4 sight picture or 3/4 hold for action is as such. Instead of the traditional “6 o’clock” hold, where the top line of your sights runs along the bottom edge of the target, a 3/4 hold means that the top line of your sight picture is positioned about “3/4” of the way up from the bottom of the target area. So when I’m shooting IDPA using a 3/4 hold, it means that my sights are slightly higher than the dead middle of the A-zone (+0 ring) of a standard IDPA target.

For example, on my Tac-5, the gun is set up so that at 7-10 yards (common IDPA distances) I hold 3/4 on the target to get my hits. At 20-25 yards, I’m holding just under the middle, and at 50 yards, I’m using a traditional 6 o’clock hold. The advantage to having your gun set up as such is that you know exactly where to hold on each target for a given distance, an important factor in games like Bianchi Cup or IDPA.


  1. Could you explain what you mean by “3/4 hold”?

    Does that mean holding at 9 o’clock?

    Or holding 3/4 of the way up on the A-zone? So a low shot still goes in?

    Or is it something else?

  2. Can you please define 3/4 hold?

    I think I know what you mean, but I’d like to make sure.

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