I admit it. I talk a lot of trash about “aimed fire”.
Of course this gets me a lot of hate mail from the crusty, old, so-called “experts” out there who get their tighty-whiteys in a wad any time someone tries to slap some reality into how to train for real gunfights.
But actually, I have lot of respect for aimed fire…
…in the right circumstances!
I mean, the reality is, if you’re ambushed in a parking lot by some thug hiding behind a parked car, you’ll be lucky to even get to your gun, let alone ever use your front sight to get an “aim” on your target.
In these attacks, “point shooting” is all you’re gonna to be able to use.
But there are other very specific instances when your front sight is your best friend, and…
Here Are 3 Times When You Absolutely MUST Master “Aimed Fire” To Survive
Basically, the best time to use aimed fire instead of point shooting is when you’re not the person directly under threat.
Or… you have the time and distance to react to a threat before it’s on top of you!
Let me give you three potential scenarios where aimed fire is your best chance at survival…
1. Active Indiscriminate Shooter
You’re in a crowded area: a shopping mall, a schoolyard, a busy street.
You hear gunfire and screams, see people diving out of the way or dropping like flies.
You’re not in the immediate line of fire, and you have time to assess the threat and take the shooter out.
This is the time for aimed fire all the way.
It’s the only way to get that accurate distance shot you NEED to get the job done.
2. Mentally Ill/Homeless Threat
Right now, a vast array of homeless people are “off their meds.”
This means you could easily find yourself in a situation where a disturbed, armed “street person” is threatening you from a distance.
You should feel confident in drawing, giving strong commands to “Back off!” and use your aimed fire skills for all they’re worth if your life is ACTUALLY threatened.
(That’s not to say you should be roaming the streets looking for trouble from people who are down on their luck.)
It’s a fact, though, that these threats might require you to respond to a credible threat to your life.
When they do, you need to be accurate with your shots.
Especially when you’re out in public, you need to remember that you are responsible for EVERY round you fire.
3. Home Invasion Hostage
Your loved one has a gun to their head or a knife to their throat.
The attacker is threatening to kill them – and you believe they mean it.
This is probably THE situation all aimed-fire proponents train for.
Your wife or child’s life hangs in the balance of scumbag’s sadistic whim, and you have to take the shot.
Those are solid examples of true “aimed fire” scenarios – and I’m sure that there are more you can come up with.
But the real question isn’t whether this list is all-inclusive.
The real question is . . .
Are You Ready to Meet These Threats?
The reason I ask is because, while you can certainly get “marksmanship” training down at your local range, trying to get your 1” shot group inside that tiny circle on your paper target…
…These scenarios require REALISTIC training simulations where you’re facing either a live person or a 3-D target.
This is something I learned while conducting our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights – and this is information YOU need so that you understand when aimed fire vs point shooting is appropriate.
That’s the only way you will survive a REAL gunfight.