You’ve heard the point shooting debate and debacle before, and this piece follows that tradition. However, instead of debating the merits or dangers in practicing this shooting technique in anticipation of a lethal encounter, this article aims to look at the simple realities of point shooting: the dos and the don’ts along with the whys and why nots and in particular few point shooting (a.k.a. natural or instinctive shooting) axioms worth remembering. First:
If your target/threat is within 3 yards, there’s a good chance a point and shoot method is the best method. In fact, compressed or close-in weapon retention-style techniques don’t even have the shooter use the sights at all. When it comes to shooting a target/threat at a farther distance, point shootings success rate starts to fall off the farther you get until it eventually the technique becomes worthless at consistently hitting a mark.
This is a relative point though because the distance where that success rate starts to fall off is dependent on your proficiency as a shooter. This underlines the fact that though distance matters when it comes to point shooting, point shooting’s effectiveness isn’t governed by distance since there are other things to consider as well, like accuracy.