Originally Posted by NGIB
Forgive me folks, but I really have a difficult time understanding why folks shoot handguns at 25 yards. Handguns by nature are short range defensive weapons (hunting revolvers notwithstanding). I occasionally shoot at 15 yards but most of my handgun work is 10 yards or less. I can imagine explaining to an LEO that the fella 75 feet away was an imminent threat so you had to shoot.
NGIB, I completely agree with your assessment of proper/practical distances for the use of a pistol for self defense and most of my practice time is spent inside 25 yards, however I do take all my handguns out to 25 yards and beyond every range session.
One reason for this is that when I begin to have success at that distance, I show improvement at closer ranges also. The other reason is that I spend a lot of time in the mountains (camping, hiking, biking, etc.) and if I come across a hostile bear or mountain lion, I'm sure the hell not gonna wait for him to close in my with in 25 yards. Granted the handguns I take in the woods are .44 mags or .357 mags, not pistols, but I still like the idea of practicing from different ranges.
As far as the sight picture. I usually use POA with my XD, but now I'm gonna have to play with it next time I go out. The only way of knowing what works for you is old fashioned trigger time.