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What is Point Shooting?

Point shooting is recognized as the skill of shooting a gun (generally a handgun) without the use of the gun sights. It is like what you see in the old cowboy movies and it varies greatly in style and technique. Point shooting is a natural and instinctive way of shooting a gun. You simply point it and shoot. My instructor at the range teaches his students to hold their arm out and point to him with their index finger. That is the way they should point shoot. It is their natural stance, one that they can repeat over and over with little or no training.

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Why Point Shoot?

Think about it. If you were ever to be in a life and death situation where you had to use your gun, it's probably going to happen so quickly or you will be so scared that you are going to forget all about using your guns sights. If you do have the presence of mind to aim your gun, try aiming with the gun's sights when your hands are shaking so much. It's not to easy. Also, many real gun fights happen in low light conditions where your gun sights will be useless. You won't be able to see them to use them. Plus, most self defense gun fights happen at very close ranges and very quickly. You may only have time to point and shoot.

“It is an acknowledged fact that very few gunfight survivors ever remember seeing their sights at all during a life-threatening encounter. In other words, regardless of the amount of practice using the sights at the target range, the vast majority of shootout survivors are unable to see their sights when faced with life-threatening stress. One study found that when faced with stress, ‘93% of officers focused on the threat, not the weapon, and 88% of the officers resorted to binocular vision.

When a soldier points, he instinctively points at the feature on the object on which his eyes are focused. An impulse from the brain causes the arm and hand to stop when the finger reaches the proper position. When the eyes are shifted to a new object or feature, the finger, hand, and arm also shift to this point. It is this inherent trait that can be used by the soldier to rapidly and accurately engage targets.
ref: US Army Field Manual 23-25, Combat Training With Pistols & Revolvers

The NYPD statistics say that 75% of gunfights occur at less than 20 feet, and that if you are going to be shot and killed, there is an 81% chance that it will be at less than 6 feet, and a 90% chance that it will be at less than 15 feet. The only savings grace is that the mis rate in armed encounters is more than 80%. That means that for every five bullets fired at a target, four+ go somewhere else. So, unless you are having a very unlucky day, chances are you will not be in a gunfight, and if you are, you will survive.



Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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