Precision Accuracy in 0.2-0.3 Seconds
by John Veit
THE ACTION-REACTION DILEMA
Research studies have shown that an attacker can raise a gun and shoot in 1/2 a second or less, and that trigger pulls take about 1/4 of a second. It can take 1 second or more for a first response, with a hit rate near 30%. As such, an assailant can fire 3 shots in the time it takes to make a response.
Further, if precision accuracy is required (with a 80 to 90% hit rate), then the response time will increase by another second or more. That’s reality, and it’s bad news for police and civilians alike.
MOVING IS AN OPTION
Standing still leaves the advantage in the hand of the attacker. However, the time needed to perceive-process-and-respond to a visual stimulus is about 1/3 of a second.
So, you can move out of the line of fire, and force the attacker to perceive-process-and-respond to your action. Logic says – move left. Most shooters are right handed, and as such, they likely will shoot down and to their left, which will be where you were.
Here’s a link to more info on moving and perception-response times: http://www.pointshooting.com/1amove.htm
P&S = PRECISION ACCURACY IN .2 to .3 SECONDS
If AIMED Point Shooting or P&S is employed, precision accuracy when shooting at small fast moving aerials can be achieved in .2 to .3 seconds. Below is a link to a video showing me shooting at and hitting small fast moving aerial targets at distances of 6 to 10 feet, in .2 to .3 seconds. 7 aerials in a row are hit in 15 seconds.
Pop cans measuring about 2.25 x 2.25 x 5 inches were used as targets. I tossed them up and into a temporary shooting bay in our garage with a 10 foot high ceiling. As a can can fall 10 feet in about 3/4 of a second, to shoot those small and fast falling targets before they hit the ground, required precision accuracy, and literally in the blink of an eye.
The use of Sight Shooting was out of the question due to the shooting window of less than a second for locating, tracking, precise aiming, and shooting.
Also, in a real close quarters life threat situation, near vision, which is needed to focus on the sights, will be lost to use due to the automatic activation of our instinctive Fight or Flight response.
Learning to shoot at aerials using P&S, is not hard or trick shooting. Prior to making the video, I practiced about 1 hour per day for a week. And most anyone can do that if they have an airsoft pistol and using one is legal in their location.
INFO ON AIMED POINT SHOOTING OR P&S
AIMED Point Shooting or P&S is the simplest of aimed shooting methods, and it also can be used to enhance other shooting methods, and improve performance with guns that allow its safe use.
With P&S, correct sight alignment is mechanical and automatic; and achieving a correct sight picture or a correct flash sight picture, is natural and automatic as well.
Basically, you just grab your gun, point finger, pull trigger.
Move and Shoot