I've been shooting regularly since I was 19. I first qualified with a Smith & Wesson Police .38 at the TDC Gun Range on the Eastham Unit outside of Huntsville, Texas. Reloads were $2 a box and the rangemaster was a grizzled cigar chomping old man named Chester.
I took $10 once a week and Chester taught me correct sight picture, stance and muscle memory. Chester even let me help out at the range for ammo. He was a no nonsense instructor and firearm safety was number one. I once saw him bounce a Warden off the range because he smelled liquor on his breath.
Chester taught sight picture a little bit different from most people. He told me that the sights didn't have to be straight up and down to have a correct sight picture. Then after shooting one day, he said, "Here is another box of ammo. Turn the pistol sideways and keep the same sight picture." I shot a bit slower, but still a good score. Chester explained to me that people shoot from all kinds of positions based on the circumstances of a gun fight. Then I shot 6 rounds with the pistol completely upside down. Same sight picture and same results.
Chester had a neat cross draw rig with tooled leather hanging in the armory. I asked him if I could try it. I guess I felt like Doc Holliday when I put it on and sank the .38 in the holster. I had been doing some time firing and learned a valuable lesson. NEVER CHANGE THE POSITION OF YOUR PRIMARY WEAPON. When the whistle was blown I instinctively reached for my right hip then moved to the cross draw. Lesson learned.
In 1975, I won Best Pistol Shot for TDC. It wasn't long after that that I went to work as a patrolman back home. I saved my money and bought a Colt Python with a 6 inch barrel and 2 speed loaders. The Python's trigger pull was as smooth as the inside of a prom queen's thighs.
I don't carry a wheel gun anymore and my sight picture and stance have changed some through additional training and practice. However, the Smith & Wesson Police .38 is still as reliable as a first instinct.
That's the way I see it.