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POINT
SHOOTING

My Point Shooting Journey

What Is Point Shooting?

How Do Bullets Find Their Targets?

Fairbairn, Sykes and Contemporaries

By this point in his career, Applegate was already wearing the silver oak leaves of a lieutenant colonel and was assigned to the Military Intelligence Training Center at Ft. Ritchie MD. He is pictured here with some of the trademark equipment of the operatives of the day, including suppressed pistols. Col. Applegate generously provided me hours of videos of historic films and recent training programs.
Bill Jordan contrasted his upright style of point shooting with what he called the "gunfighter crouch." The crouch was used by "Jelly" Bryce and is a part of Applegate's system, as well as the Fairbairn-Sykes "three-quarter hip" and "half-hip" positions, albeit not as exaggerated. In this photo the difference between the two shooters is magnified as Jordan stood 6' 6" in height. (Jordan, obviously, appears on the right. The other shooter remains unidentified.)

Fairbairn and Sykes taught the crouch because they had observed that it was an instinctive response to danger. Others may have exaggerated it in the belief that shots tend to go high (as they often do in the dark) and that a deeper crouch might allow incoming fire to pass over the shooter. I believe that inexperienced or overly excited shooters tend to jerk their shots low and that too deep a crouch limits mobility.
In this high-speed sequential photograph from a Life magazine article, dated November 12,1945, "Jelly" Bryce can be seen about to shoot a silver dollar he has just dropped. This accounts for the relatively low angle of the muzzle of his 3½" S&W .357 Magnum revolver - an FBI trademark at that time - but appears to be a fairly typical representation of the depth of his famed crouch.

Cirillo's "Alternative Sighting Methods"

Photo of Jim Cirillo and Stephen WengerJim Cirillo (left) and I shared a break on the Mobile (AL) P.D. range at the 11th Annual International Training Seminar of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, January, 1998. This seminar was my second opportunity to go through Jim's alternative sighting training, the first being the 1990 ASLET seminar. This photo was taken the day after Jim's class. Each time I trained with Jim we were forced to make do with laser-equipped guns in classrooms; I never had the opportunity to take his training live-fire.

The Role of Stress

Other Interpretations

Target Focus

Secondary Visual Systems and the Subconscious

Where I stand ...


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