HITTING MOVING TARGETS WITH P&S.
Below are links to some short videos where P&S is used to hit a swinging target, and also while moving.
They show that you can move and shoot, and repeatedly hit fast moving targets with a handgun using P&S. And naturally, automatically, and accurately. no use of the no sights, a special grip, stance, dance, or trigger manipulation is required. Just point-n-pull.
Here is a pic of the "swinger" and the air pistol used.
Because of the big fat grip of the gun and the tang, adding a P&S aiming aid required extra material. I don't care for that, but you have to go with what is produced or make your own. Also, I extended the trigger to make it easy to pull with the middle finger.
It is unfortunate that gun makers haven't yet accepted the fact that aiming with the index finger is fast, natural, and accurate at close quarters distances. And that it also allows for rapid and accurate shooting even while moving, and without the use of the sights.
Designing guns that incorporate a P&S aiming aid, or making the addition of one easy, could improve the survival chance of police and others in real CQB situations. In those situations, the sights may not be able to be used for a variety of reasons.
With the use of a P&S aiming aid and an appropriately configured gun, correct index finger placement along the side of the gun can be made mechanical and automatic, and better assure fast, natural, and accurate aiming for each and every shot.
A camera was positioned near the BB Trap-and-target to video it's movement. I also placed a mirror in the camera's field of view, to show me as I was moving and shooting at the moving
target in two of the videos.
A nine inch wide pie plate was used as a Gong and placed close to the center of the BB Trap. You will hear it "dinging" as it is hit.
8 x 10 1/2 in pieces of paper were used as targets, and with a five inch bullseye marked on them with a felt marker.
The distance to the target when it was not moving, was 11 feet from the end of the gun muzzle when my arm was extended. That distance increased as the target moved from right to left and back again.
To make the videos:
1. I used the camera's self timer feature, my gun, and a nylon cord and pulley to draw the BB trap-and-target up as high as possible to one side.
2. I first pressed the camera shutter for auto focusing, and then again to start the timer. I then grabbed the gun and held it down at my side.
3. When the timer light blinked rapidly (warning that the video recording was going to start), I brought the gun up to shoot and at the same time let go of the nylon cord used to draw the BB trap-and-target up to one side.
Note: The videos are in WMV (Windows Media) format, and MOV (quick Time) format. If you don't have Quick Time, it is free from Apple.com.
Also, if you use AOL and have selected setting/multimedia and checked the block to make the AOL player your default player, you may need to uncheck that block.
The 5 sec videos are big files, so allow time for them to download.
I did not do any warm up shooting to make the session more "interesting."
The target on the left above shows 2 hits out of the first four shots taken. The hits are on the upper right.
(The video of those 4 shots is not included here as it was incomplete. I had set the camera to record only for 5 seconds, and I was slow in releasing the BB Trap to capture its moving and my shooting within that 5 sec time frame. The whole process was a bit complicated for a novice video maker.)
In the next video, I used the SAME target. And I made 4 out of 4 shots taken. 3 of those hits are at the upper left and the 4th is just outside the upper left of the circle. I also lightened up the video.
Now, click here for the video in WMV format.
Click here for the video in MOV format.
The target on the right above shows that 4 of the next 5 shots were hits (see the stars next to the faint holes).
Click here for the video in WMV format.
And, click here for the video in MOV format.
It seems odd, but shooting at a moving target, and moving and shooting seem to be easier than standing still and shooting at a stationary target.
Remember that P&S is not a bar to other Point Shooting methods and/or Sight Shooting. It can be used to enhance them by getting the gun on target, fast, automatically, and accurately for each and every shot.
As to using the sights when shooting at the swinger, or when moving and shooting at the swinger, things happen way to fast for that.
I don't shoot often or much. So it is nice to get the reinforcement - feedback that P&S works very well and with little if any practice.
Now, one reads and hears about Force on Force training exercises where a shooter is not only moving and shooting, but moving and shooting at a moving and shooting bad guy/s.
So it was natural to think about moving and shooting at the moving target, as I had never done both at the same time.
Below are targets and videos showing my initial results.
The first target show 3 hits out of 5 shots made. In the video, the "gong" sounds 5 times so the two misses were close. The second target shows 5 hits out of 5 shots.
As this was my first attempt at this, I imagine that I would get better and quicker over time. Also, one should recognize that shooting an airsoft pistol is like a pop gun relative to a real firearm.
As to STRESS as a factor, I considered that since I do not shoot often or practice often, and that I had NO experience at shooting at a moving target while moving myself, plus being my own video crew, chief cook, and bottle washer, that my stress level was way up.
Based on my results, I think doing FOF would be "fun" as the target's would be much bigger, and all I would have to do and be concerned about, would be moving and shooting them.
Finally, click here for the first video in WMV format.
Click here for the first video in MOV format.
Click here for the second video in WMV format.
And click here for the second video in MOV format.
The videos look close to being the same. However, if you go frame by frame thru them, the shooter's position against the background is different as the shots are being made, and the ending frame pics are different.
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