OK, disclaimer first. Only practice this “eyes closed” live fire drill where it is safe to do so. We’re talking closed range, close range, experienced shooter. I repeat: don’t be a putz. The idea is simple enough: when push comes to shove, you won’t be using your handgun’s sights. You’ll be point-shooting. So you might as well practice doing so. Of course, you could tape over your sights. But then you’d still use the under-tape bumps to line up your shots . . .
You could remove your sights. But then you’d have to put them back on to practice enough to get good enough not to need them. You could also buy a sightless Colt New Agent (below). But then you’d own an $885 double-action-only (at best) 1911—which is a bit like wearing the world’s most fire-retardant paper hat.
So . . . close your eyes. You can close your eyes, it’s alright. I don’t know no love songs. I can’t sing the blues anymore. Sorry; big Richie Havens fan.
Also for safety’s sake, it’s best to start by dry-firing. About a thousand times. Moving up to a non-lethal round—before you inflict a leadache on Mr. Target—is not a bad idea. When you’re ready for live fire, do it one round at a time, with a spotter (positioned out of harm’s way) to keep you out of trouble.
Despite what you saw in Kevin Costner’s Bodyguard, this is not the kind of Kung Fu Panda shit you want to deploy in actual gunfight. And try it the other way ’round as well: keep the sights on and practice shooting as fast as you can—so you don’t have time to use your sights. (RO permitting.)
And after you master all that, remember that slowing down during a gunfight and using your sights is an excellent way to hit what you’re aiming at. And then remember that you need to get as much lead into the bad guy as possible as soon as possible.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another.