To shoot a pistol effectively, the front and rear sights must be aligned and placed on the target using hand-eye coordination.

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That's called Sight Reliant Shooting, and most everyone uses it when target shooting on the range, and for competition.

But for use in close quarters self defense, where there is the greatest chance of you being shot and/or killed, Sight Reliant Shooting can be problematic, and that may prove to be fatal for a user.

For example, in the NYPD's long terms SOP 9 study of thousands of real close quarters life threat situations, Sight Reliant Shooting was not used in most all of them.

In 70% of the cases reviewed, sight alignment was not used. Officers reported that they used instinctive or point shooting.

As the distance between the Officer and his opponent increased, some type of aiming was reported in 20% of the cases. This aiming or sighting ran from using the barrel as an aiming reference to picking up the front sight and utilizing fine sight alignment.

The remaining 10% could not remember whether they had aimed or pointed and fired the weapon instinctively.

As such, unless you know and use an alternative way of aligning the sights, you'll have no effective shooting method to use in your self defense.

The Army pistol manual calls for using "Quick-Fire Point Shooting" at less than 5 yards and at night. The gun is brought up close to the body in a two handed grip. Then at chin level, it is thrust forward. And the trigger is smoothly squeezed as the elbows straighten out.

The NRA recommends the use of alternate shooting methods in The NRA Guide To The Basics Of Personal Protection In The Home which was published in 2000.


"...the ability to keep all shots on a standard 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch sheet of paper at seven yards, hitting in the center of exposed mass, is sufficient for most defensive purposes." However; the specifics on just how that is done, is not spelled out.


AIMED Point Shooting or P&S provides a shooter with automatic and correct sight alignment and sight placement.

It is the simplest of shooting methods, and can be learned and maintained with little or no training. It also is deadly effective.


To use it, you grab your gun and place your index finger along its side, point at a target, and pull the trigger with your middle finger.

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Here's a link to a video clip of shooting one handed, which according to the stats, is how you will shoot in a real close quarters life threat situation. Click me.

The SOP 9 study found that with an occasional exception fired with the strong hand.

P&S works because when you place your index finger along the side of the gun, it and the sights will be aligned automatically.

And as we naturally can accurately point at things, when you point at a target, your sights will be in alignment and on the target.

Here's what the US Army says about pointing: "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....It is this inherent trait that can be used by a soldier to rapidly and accurately engage targets."

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Since each shot taken must be aimed, keeping the index finger along the side of the gun while using the middle finger to pull the trigger, assures rapid and accurate target engagement for each shot.

As to the grip, according to the literature, in combat you will have a crush grip on your gun, so it won't matter which finger is used to pull the trigger, as you won't be squeezing the trigger.

And with a crush grip, your index finger won't be held aloof from the gun for squeezing the trigger smoothly back until each shot breaks. And your thumb won't be positioned along the side of the gun but not pressing against it.

Your thumb will press against the gun and push it over to the right. And the index, middle, ring, and little fingers, which are lower in the hand, will pull the gun down and around to the left. As such, shots will go low and left unless a counter measure is employed. This explains why just pointing the gun at a target is not the same

With P&S, you get a strong and level shooting platform. It is made up of the natural pincer of the thumb and index finger along with the web of the hand, and the ring and little fingers which add tenacity to the grip.

The result is a strong four fingered grip, not your weak three fingered marksmanship grip.

You can squeeze the bejeebers out of the gun, and all you will do, is strengthen your shooting platform, and improve recoil control.


You can shoot, make front punches, elbow smashes, or even use the gun as a crude battle axe.

As to the sights, P&S is not a bar to using them at close range or long range, if conditions and circumstances allow for their use. It also can enhance other Point Shooting methods by assisting them in rapidly and accurately engaging targets.

As to "other" Point shooting methods, here's a 2010 link to Col. Rex Applegate's Presentation To Police Firearms Trainers on 2/24/98 in Seattle WA, in which he discusses SS Vs PS: Click me.


If you have doubts about AIMED Point Shooting or P&S really working, click here for a video clip of P&S being used to shoot aerials (pop cans tossed in the air and shot at with an airsoft pistol). Do not shoot at aerials with a firearm. Click me.

P&S also works fine when moving and shooting. Click here for a short video clip of that.



Sight Reliant Shooting has been taught for 100+ years to millions and millions. And it is fine for distance shooting and for use on the range. Yet I know of no pics or videos of it being used effectively in a close quarters life threat situation.

There should be hundreds to thousands of them, but they are as rare as hens teeth.

Per the stats, if you are going to be shot, there is an 80% chance that it will happen at less than 20 feet.

So, if you have a gun for self defense, it would seem to be wise to learn P&S.

Always use common sense and safe gun handling practices.

For example, if your index finger rests over the ejection port, or if it will be hit by the slide, or extend beyond the end of the gun, then DON'T use it with that gun! Also, P&S may not be able to be used with some guns because of their faulty design, such as the 1911.

You are welcome to add a P&S index finger rest to your own personal gun or guns at you own risk and expense. Ditto for Police Agencies.

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If you wish to produce them for sale to the general public or the military, please contact me about licensing, as the aiming aid is patented.

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