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This is a discussion on Do you practice point shooting within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Rollo Seeing as how most defensive shootings don't involve the sights (or so I have heard) You heard right. I practice PS ...
I agree with Ken that the reality is that if you ever need to use your gun in a real situation you are not likely to have the time to be able to sight in on the BG.
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Other than the qual course with an M9 (long ago), never done it with a pistol. Probably should.
To get it down, all you have to do is point your gun like you would with your finger. Focus on the threat, center mass. It is as easy as that. People try to make it tough or some sort of voodoo magic. It is not.
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Definitely something that should be practiced. I practice point shooting every time I go to the range and shoot pistols.
It's interesting when your looking for center mass quick fire shots how many you can get off and how accurate it can really be. By accuracy I'm not referring to a .5in group. But putting 2-4 rounds center mass very quickly.
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absolutely, practicing point shooting is just as important as shooting that tight group at 15 yards
when a threat is simulated, we're trained to fire as soon as the pistol is ripped out of the holster
we practice our draw ripping the pistol out of the holster and firing as soon as the arm is parallel with the ground, then as the pistol is brought to the center line of the body and the support hand comes into contact with the pistol forming the grip another shot is fired, then the pistol is punched out to use the sights popping off whatever rounds are needed
we also practice shooting one-handed (both left and right) in the anchor position, middle of gun forearm is anchored into your side just above your holster, and from the Greg position....both hands gripping pistol drawn back against the chest/abdomen
I practice on the steel range drawing/firing from the hip on first target while moving laterally then engaging other steel bad guys and getting to cover
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Always! You play how you practice, and if you never practice your point shooting you'll have no proficiency in it when you need it. Take a couple of mags MINIMUM every time you head to the range and practice firing without sights and under duress. To make it better, do 25 jumping jacks first and then pick up and fire your weapon (if the range allows) to simulate the stress of the moment.
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At any point during this maneuver you can take a shot. Or, if you take several shots during this movement, roughly hitting in a line from pelvis to chest in sequence, it's called "the zipper".
Where in the motion you take your shot(s) depends on how far away your opponent is by the time you get your gun into a fireable position.
At the top of the motion, with the arm fully extended and the silhouette of the gun in your peripheral vision, you'll get your best point shooting accuracy.
And if you have the luxury to time and the necessity of greatest accuracy you can raise the gun another couple of inches and align your sights.
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Yes. Also left hand (I am extremely right handed).
Thanks, mfcmb. That was instructive.
I don't practice it, yet -- but I need to. From now on, I will. I hate that I'm not as accurate at it; I take some pride from my shot placement, especially being a relative newbie. But I understand about real life encounters being close range.
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Since Brownie's class, always practise point shooting out to 10 yards. "Elbow up, Elbow down, bang".
One thing that I found interesting while I was doing it at the range was that is was almost kind of hard NOT to use the sights. I've shot for so long with out point shooting that my instinct is to line them up. I assume the more I practice not using them the eaiser it will become.
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