Point Shooting

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  1. I agree thaat there may be times that pointy shooting is a necessity. I also believe that the more you practice different styles, distances, and stances, you will find what works best for you AND get in a lot of fun practice.

    Those of us that carry firearms regularly need to be mentally tough, physically ready, and skilled/practiced. The more you fire, the better you will get.

    Quality instruction is also a “mission multiplier”. Get it whenever you can.

    • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

      Good gun info from this video. There are many many different gun encounters in the real world. In the state of Florida most gun fights are 7 or 8 yards according to law enforcement from 4 ccw classes. In 1968 before going to Vietnam in Ft. Polk La. they gave us lever action BB rifles eye protection and the instructor stood 3 to 4 feet infront of the barrel of the BB gun. We were not allowed to aim the BB rifle. We shot from the hip or under arm (armpit). At first he pitched up quarters and most could in time hit the quarters. He then pitched up nickels and a few of us hit the nickels in time with practice. He then pitched up dimes and in time a few could hit dimes all with out aiming down the barrel. This shooting was called “point and shoot”. The ability to hit an object with out aming with in 24 yards or less (center mass man standing) is something YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A INBORN TALENT BEFORE YOU DEFEND YOURSELF FROM ATTACK. In fact with a little range practice you can hit center mass with your eyes closed after practicing with your eyes open and (probably all reading my article will disagree on next comment) with enough practice you can hit the body of a man yelling at you at 24 feet or less blindfolded using a side stance looking over your shoulder shooting one handed at the sound. All it takes is practice practice practice.

  2. When I was farming I kept a .22 revolver in my truck. Often before I quit for the day I would go behind the barn and set up 6 soda cans on a board. I practiced rapid fire knocking them off. Then I would throw one in the air and try to hit it. The gun held nine rounds. I got to where I could knock all six cans off and hit the thrown one twice without reloading. I still have no trouble point shooting. I do need more time with my new FNS 9mm to get good with that one.

  3. Being a fan of Massad Ayoob I am solidly in the camp of using sights. When under high stress you want a system that works. His interviews with those who prevailed guide his techniques. Great video.

  4. Chuck Findlay says:

    I’m pretty good at point shooting (Have talked about this in past post here.) But I do it a bit different then he did in the video. I bring the gun up just like you would normally use it with sites, but I don’t look at the gun or sites, I just point it and shoot. It works well and is fast.

    Your body knows how to point, try this, point your finger at an object and then look down along your arm and you will likely find you are pointing right at the object. Do it with a gun in your hand and it will work the same way.

    Never tried it from the hip like he does in the video so I can’t say how that would work. I don’t know that hip shooting has much of a chance of ever becoming a thing that will need to be done. I’m not Eastwood and will never need to face down Duco or Angle Eyes…

    • When I was a kid I had a Red Ryder bb gun.

      One day while I was plinking away at the end of our street, a neighbor who was also an avid duck/goose hunter walked over and taught me how to “point shoot” my bb gun.
      He found a crushed milk jug on the ground and tossed it in the air for me a few times. When I could hit it consistently he found a soda can. Went along with that for a while.
      I kept at it.
      Move along a with a bit of practice and I would spend my boring Summer days point shooting flies off of our retaining wall in the back yard. They never stood a chance. LOL!

      Thanks for this great site. I just found you today and will stick around a while. I seem to share a common interest with both the writers and commenters.
      Have a great day.

    • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

      Chuck Findlay I agree with you on pointing your finger first and then replacing your finger with a handgun. I started out with the man target 5 feet away from the end of my Glock. I concentrate on a black square I drew with a black magic marker at center mass. I stand facing the man target raising my Glock (always pointed down range) with my strong arm as if I am pointing my finger (not using sights) at center mass square. I fire slowly until I am hitting the square repeatedly. I then move the man target back about 3 feet and continue all over again shooting. When hitting square repeatedly I again move the target back 3 or 4 feet down range and keep moving down range at 3 or 4 feet changes and after hitting the square successfully each time until I am at 25 feet. I then start over using a side stance (on strong side) looking over my shoulder (again as if pointing my index finger)at the 5 foot distance moving down range as before. After this success I change to my weak side (left hand) facing target until I finish and then changing to side stance (weak side) I keep shooting using same target movement as before. In time I shoot center mass at 5 to 10 feet with my eyes closed as in hitting center mass with eyes open and the close them during the same shooting. The world I live in and I prepare for is one in which a methy was shot 10 to 13 times and at least one bullet nicked his heart and he lived in the hospital for three days before he died in Martin County Florida. AS I understand it the methy did not drop as he was shot. A good reference on how people act after being shot in the real world is to go on youtube and watch robbers being shot and see how many are able to run away. (because this is the real world I live in AND SO DOES EVERYONE READING THIS ARTICLE).

    • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

      Yes Chuck Findlay your comment about “It works well and is fast” is the one thing no one admits to in their replies to the above article. I have found that point and shoot is VERY fast as in fast accuracy and fast shooting.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      What you are talking about is called point shoulder shooting and it’s one of the techniques we teach, and probably the easiest of the natural point of aim methods to learn effectively. One drill that works to accomplish this is to do the following, with an empty firearm.
      Hold the firearm with both hands in the isosceles position and aim the gun at a target. Close your eyes and drop the gun to low ready. Wait a moment and bring the gun back to the high ready shooting position with your eyes still closed. Open your eyes. Generally the sights will be on target for the vertical; but, may be off in the horizontal. Without changing anything in the position, shift your feet a little to bring the sights back on target. Once you can perform this drill and successfully acquire the sights each time, you will have learned with your muscle memory, the positions of the gun, hands, shoulder, feet , and hips, and your point shooting without using the sights should be well on its way to being functional, then only requiring more practice.
      When drawing we teach a 5 step method which works better when demonstrated; but, I’ll try and explain it here. Making sure you keep the weak hand out of the way so you don’t shoot yourself in the hand, perform the following with your strong hand.
      1. Grip the gun
      2. Pull the gun straight up out of the holster.
      3. Rotate the wrist and the gun to the forward pointing position.
      4. Move the gun forward and slide the weak hand down to join the strong hand to get a good grip on the gun.
      5. Extend both arms to high ready.

      Using this method with practice, you can successfully fire the gun from the rotation in one hand and close to your body. While this is probably not something you want to do to shoot targets at 15 or 20 feet, it may be the only way to shoot a target at 4 feet or less.
      Close in basic self defense is the reason you would practice point shooting from this distance.

      Another test anyone can do to test your finger pointing example. Is to have people point their finger at you and then close their eye. Quietly move somewhere else in the room and ask them all to point again with their eyes closed. Then have them open their eyes. They will all then see that they are pointing at you, guided only by the sound of your voice.

      • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

        Thank you OhioPrepper. When I talked about point and shooting it was from my past experience in military and on the gun range when using common sense only (as in how do I reduce my siloette toward the bad guys). It is great to see you teach point and shoot because there is a lot of BS on the internet by “Cowboys gunners” who in my opinion are going to get people hurt with their gun crap. Thanks again for your organized safety gun point and shoot info. (and also for conformation that my out in left field ideas about point and shoot really work)

  5. I liked the video.
    I think that there is a use for point shooting. When I was a teenager we goofed off allot shooting whatever targets be it a gallon milk jug or even a golf ball. We would even go to yard sales and buy disco albums and use them at targets. The thing about shooting records is they do not fly like a clay target they go wherever they go so you did not really aim at them. we were really redneck bastards back then lol, but we had fun. We were never in any trouble but we somehow never got caught. pool balls make good targets also. Now where can I find a disco ball?

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