VIDEOS OF A TEST OF P&S AT THE RANGE.
Below are links to two 5 second videos of P&S being used at a range.
A Sig P239 in 9mm, and 9 1/2 inch by 14 inch targets were used. The distance to the targets was 12 - 14 feet. The barrel length of the Sig is "short" at 3.6 inches.
I added my simple, reliable, low cost, and effective aiming aid, to the side of the gun with double sided adhesive tape. The aiming aid helps keep the index finger in position along the side of the gun, and away from the slide. However, one is not required to use P&S.
Here is a picture of the gun with the aid attached.
Both videos are in WMV (Windows Media) format, and MOV (Quick Time) format.
MOV files run with Quick Time which is free from Apple.com. If you don't have Quick Time, you can download it from Apple.com. Also, if you use AOL and have selected setting/multimedia and checked the block to make the AOL player your default player, you may need to uncheck that block.
Please allow time for videos to download, and you may want to turn down your speaker volume as the gun shots are very loud. The camera has a mic input and captures sound as it is.
In the first video I used a "wrist lock" grip. The weak hand is placed over and grabs the strong hand wrist to help dampen the recoil.
Note that the wrist lock grip shown above shows the fingers of my left hand going over and gripping the wrist. If the left hand was placed on top of the thumb, it could be "bitten" by the slide. In 9/06, I was using a gun that was new to me. I did not check the clearance available, and I got bit. So check first.
In a real confrontation you may not grab your wrist, so if you can't safely shoot a gun with one hand placed on the other, the wrist lock grip should not be used with that gun.
As to the video:
At the start, look carefully and you will see my left hand and fingers in the act of grabbing my right wrist. See the pic on the left below.
Note that in the pic on the right, the slide is well above my hands.
I used the camera's self timer to start and take the video. When the timer light started to blink rapidly, I grabbed my gun hand wrist and brought the gun up to shoot.
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In the second video I shot with one hand.
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If you play the video more than once, you will note that I point the gun and pull the trigger for each shot: point-n-pull point-n-pull. That is more noticeable than in the first video.
Note that the pointing and shooting were done as one action. That is, I pointed at the target, and as soon as my senses say that my finger was where I was pointing, I pulled the trigger. As the Army says, you will know when you are on target and when to shoot.
The point is that you should aim each shot. And I did that by pointing my finger at the target and pulling the trigger.
Here are some still pics from the video.
If you just point a gun in the direction of a target, and shoot as with Spray and Pray, you will most likely miss. Spray and Pray shooting is neither Sight Shooting nor Point Shooting.
It is just pointing a gun at or in the direction of a target and pulling the trigger. In my opinion, it is the "instinctive shooting" that many have said they used in close quarter shootings, and which is responsible for the 80%+ miss rate in those situations.
I have tried just pointing a gun at or in the direction of a target, and I have consistently missed. It is very easy to do.
AIMED Point Shooting does not happen by magic. However it is very simple to learn, and requires little if any training.
Here is a picture of the targets that show hits made. I fired five times at each target in less than 3 seconds of the 5 second length of the clips, and hit each target four times. Also, because the targets were 9 1/2 inches wide, it is more than likely that the fifth shot would have struck a wider and human sized target. Also, I had never shot under the watchful eye of a camera before, and I had a film crew of just one, me. So, I was nervous and felt I was very lucky to do as good as I did, including getting some useable video footage.
As to my accuracy and speed in my "at the range" test, I do not shoot often at the range and I am not a competition shooter, so don't expect dime to quarter sized groups, or fraction of a second splits.
To me, target hits count. I also believe that practice can improve performance, and that my performance could improve with practice.
When I go to the range every three or four months, I use a rental gun, and fire two boxes of bullets. 100 total.
I am in a "catch 22" kind of place.
If I was to shoot often and lots of rounds, or used a tricked out gun with porting, or used low power rounds, I most likely would get more "professional" looking groups. But, then I would be criticized for being a "ringer".
I use airsoft for home practice, so I do practice but certainly but way way less than a professional competitor or operator would.
Some laugh at my groups on my targets posted on the web. They say "Looking at your targets, anyone who ever picked up a gun could beat you easily." ha ha ha - or words to that affect.
Well, I am not shooting for precision, just to put rounds in a man sized threat at close quarters distances, fast and without reliance on the sights or traditional must-be-met marksmanship requirements. And my targets say that I can do that, and consistently.
Your targets will tell you how you are doing. No instructor's or guru's approval is required.
P&S can be used with most hand held weapons, and P&S works when one is moving and shooting, and it also works when the target is moving.
Here is a link to a video of P&S being used WHILE MOVING.
Here is a link to other videos of P&S being used WHILE MOVING.
And here is a link to some tests made SHOOTING AT A MOVING TARGET. See the bottom portion of the page.
This link is to a video of me SHOOTING AT AERIALS (empty pop cans tossed up in the air). It is a real challenge.
When shooting aerials, you certainly will have no time or opportunity to use traditional Sight Shooting or other Point Shooting methods.
Those methods depend on body positioning, a specific stance, a specific grip, arm and/or hand indexing, trigger squeezing, and cognitive hand eye coordinated tasks such as aligning the sights, or focusing or placing the gun muzzle on a specific point of aim.
In a life or death, high stress close quarters situation, one may not be able to get into the "proper" body position or stance, or think fast and clearly. Also, per the literature, fine motor skills, which are necessary for Sight Shooting, will be lost to use in most all real close quarter life threat situations.
As such, Point Shooting and in particular AIMED Point shooting or P&S, can improve your chance of defeating a threat and staying alive by helping you get on target fast, automatically, instinctively, and accurately for your first shot, and every shot.
To not use P&S, will effectively surrender your instinctive ability to point fast, automatically and accurately at targets, to a threat who is trying to kill you. And that makes no sense to me.
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