The following article is by John Veit.

Grab Gun, Point Finger, Pull Trigger
by John Veit

GRAB your gun firmly – with your index finger along the side – POINT your index finger at the target – and PULL the trigger with your middle finger.

That is P&S, or AIMED Point Shooting in a nutshell.

If you are going to be shot or killed, there is an 80% chance that it will happen at less than 20 feet. So it makes sense to know how to aim and shoot: simply, fast, and accurately at close quarters.

P&S fills the bill.

Sadly, traditional marksmanship or Sight Shooting, doesn’t.

Traditional marksmanship or Sight Shooting, is much more complicated and slower. To aim and shoot accurately using Sight Shooting, you must have a specific stance, have a specific grip (with the thumb not pressing on the gun and with the index finger being held aloof from the gun so it can be drawn back smoothly until the shot breaks), use controlled breathing, and use hand and eye coordination to correctly align the sights.

A well practiced shooter, should be able to cut short some of those steps, but a very simple method like P&S, will be faster.

And you can prove that to yourself by using P&S and Sight Shooting to shoot a simple close quarters drill at the same level of accuracy, and then compare the times taken. (Use a suitable airsoft gun or firearm.)


In a real life threat close quarters situation, You will have a crush grip on the gun. And that will negate the marksmanship requirement of having the thumb along side the gun but not pressing on it, while the index finger is held aloof from the gun so it can smoothly squeeze the trigger to the rear. As a result, your gun will be torqued down and around to the left, and your shots will fall low and left.

Also, your instinctive fight or flight response will engage automatically and uncontrollably. And your near vision, which is needed to focus on, and correctly align the sights for accurate shooting, will be lost to use.


There are other alternative “Point Shooting” shooting methods that do not require meeting the rigid requirements of Sight Shooting.

For example, the Applegate/Fairbairn/Sykes method calls for grasping the gun in a strong grip with the arm locked and stiff. For shooting, the arm is raised using the shoulder as a fulcrum, and the gun is fired when it intersects with the target.

With Quick Kill, the gun muzzle is placed a few inches below the impact point, and then fired.

Both methods, though much easier and quicker to use than traditional Sight Shooting, are not as simple and quick to use as is P&S.

With P&S you get automatic and correct sight alignment, and a correct sight picture. Also, the use of a crush grip will have no ill affect on aiming. All it will do is improve the strength of the grip.


The bottom line is that traditional marksmanship (Sight Shooting), which most all Police and civilians have been trained to use, can not be, or is not used in most all close quarters life threat situations, where there is the greatest chance of being shot and/or killed.

Sounds bizarre, but it’s true.

And the proof of that, is the long established hit rate in close quarters encounters, of less than 20%. More than 4 out of every shots fired, miss the target and go somewhere else.


P&S is simple, fast, and accurate.

Some of the test pics show an index finger rest attached to the side of the gun. One is not needed to use P&S, but helps keep the index finger in position and away from the slide when the gun is jumping and bucking in your hand with rapid firing.

You are welcome to add one to your personal firearm/s and airsoft/paintball/etc… type guns if done at your own risk and expense, and if you accept full responsibility for any and all results.

Ditto for Police agencies that may wish to add the aiming aid to agency weapons. I hold the patent on the aiming aid, USP # 6023874 – 2/15/2000, so I can make this offer.


Here is what the US Army says about our ability to point at things. It is found in the US Army’s Field Manual 3-23.35: Combat Training With Pistols M9 AND M11 (June2003).

“Everyone has the ability to point at an object.

“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.

“When the eyes are shifted to a new object or feature, the finger, hand, and arm also shift to this point.

“It is this inherent trait that can be used by a soldier to rapidly and accurately engage targets.”


Some trainers, say that Point Shooting is advanced shooting, and that it only should be taught after marksmanship training has been completed.

With due respect to those of that opinion, when we are considering the use of a pistol for close quarters self defense, that just doesn’t make practical sense.

P&S an be learned with little or no training, and maintained with minimal practice.