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Old 12-06-2016, 08:59 AM   #31
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I try to keep an open mind, but I've got to say I'm leaning more towards Fardoche's view. This instinctive shooting skill seems to lend itself to an exceptionally narrow set of circumstances. My biggest issue with that is that it takes a lot of muscle memory to become proficient with it, all of which could be very counter-productive in the wrong situation (firing from the seat of a vehicle, or at a target 20 meters away, while sprinting, etc. I could go on and on). While the typical draw, aim, and fire, is undoubtedly more time consuming when engaging multiple threats in close proximity, it is better for virtually every other scenario. Keep in mind that in the Old West, where instinctive shooting was at its' peak, gunfighters still raised their pistols and used their sights (except for in Hollywood). That should tell us something.

I've seen the same thing with archery instructors. For Traditional archery, instinctive is often the name of the game...but that's just it, it is a game mentality. For it to work effectively it has to be done in very consistent, limiting circumstances. That sort of thing doesn't really interest me.

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Old 12-06-2016, 09:50 AM   #32
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I'm in the both skills are worthwhile camp. Very close in, I'm not going to bring the gun up to use the sights. So the definition is what's close in? I'd add that the distance would also depend on what the bad guy is armed with and what he's doing. Coming at me with a knife I'll be blazing away almost as soon as I clear leather!

Most all my live fire practice is at distances more than 10 feet. Dry firing at home, and occasionally at the range, I practice point shooting. CT laser grips on my carry and nightstand gun are good for dry fire point shooting or just point and check. I've deactivated the strong side button, so it's easy to selectively turn on the laser using the middle finger of the strong hand. This allows point, then activate laser to check what POI would be.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:30 AM   #33
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I think we can all come up with scenarios that will require any number of firing position.

Firing from the draw is definitely something that needs to be practiced. It has its applications in a surprise assault.

Same as firing from the high ready position while moving around your house in a home invasion scenario.

Prone, from cover, kneeling etc

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