May 24th, 2019 by AmSJ Staff

Is this still worth Learning or is this a Lost Art?

Many shooting instructors will agree that shooting inside 20 feet usually doesn’t require having a perfect sight picture. In a defensive situation, it makes sense to have point-shooting abilities. After-action reports show that, almost without fail, people don’t look at the front sight in a panic situation. Our instinct is to look at the threat. So why not develop that instinct into a usable shooting skill?

Point shooting is also very useful in low-light situations, where seeing the sights can be hard or impossible.

Brief History
Point shooting has been used by archers since the dawn of man. Training with firearms has its roots back in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services 1942) days.
Second Lieutenant Rex Applegate was given the task of adapting the training being given to British Commando forces for use by OSS agents. Applegate’s methodology was published in his book, Kill or Get Killed which was first printed in 1943, and based on his training program for the OSS developed with William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes.

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There’s a close quarter shooting technique that was coined the “1/2 hip” position which has been modified in the more updated version and has been taught to all law enforcement agencies. This technique is drawn from the hip holster while rocking back to shoot.

Taught today – Is point shooting still taught today? Yes, even Hollywood star Keanue Reeves learned to point shoot from Taran Butler for his role in the John Wick series. The video below from TFB has JV going through some shooting drills while point shooting from the hip at multiple targets with speed.

Have you learned to point shoot? Here are some quick ways to learn.
Point Shooting Technique
The proper way to point shoot is to raise the gun to your normal shooting position. The difference is that you look at the target, focusing on where you want to hit rather than on the sights.

Drill – The basics is start close to your paper target such as 3 yards. At the low ready position, at the command raise and fire without using your sights. Repeat the drill several times until you are comfortable with it. You’ll see how fast you can break the shot when you don’t have to think about sights. Once you’re able to hit the center of the target consistently, then move back to increase the distance, gradually working up to 20 yards.

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October 31st, 2018 by jhines

TFB tries their hand at Out Shooting Keanu Reeves

A while back BuzzFeed Youtuber stumbled across a video of Taran Tactical training Keanu Reeves on tactical shooting for the movie role John Wick.
Buzzfeed tried their hands on gun shooting, they did ok (you can read about it below).

Fast Forward to Now
The Firearm Blog had heard what the Buzzfeed guys did so TFB decides, why not us?, But the differences is that TFB also wanted to create some shooting tips segments from Da Man himself “Taran Butler”.
So TFB flew down to L.A. to meet with Taran Butler and have him train TFB. (which is James Reeves)
Taran quoted that he can train TFB (James Reeves) to fire 2 rounds at two targets in 2 seconds.
James was skeptical but went with it anyway. (Hey, free training!)
Something that stands out about this training is the fundamental that Taran advocates over and over, as these are the building blocks for whether you’re into 3 Gun shoot or for self-defense. Here’s some short takes on that training, but obviously, watch the video, its an eye opener:

  • Drawing from the holster
    Taran is very articulate about “economy of motion” from the draw to target acquisition.
  • Reload – again its about “economy of motion” and doing things less, its all about saving time and being fast.
  • These two basics are the building blocks which leads to doing more advanced shooting as Taran describes.

  • Transition between targets – Taran goes over some great feedback on moving from target to the next while at a high level.



As you can tell, Taran traits as a trainer is exceptional, he knows how to build that rapport whether you’re a movie star like Keanue Reeves, Michelle Rodriguez or just James Reeves from TFB.

Here’s how Buzzfeed did a While Back (2017)
The course of fire was a typical 3 gun type. So BuzzFeed Blue wanted to see if they can take an ordinary person (gun newbies) and have them train to go through the course of fire, but be faster than Johnny Wick. Johnny Wick completed this course of fire in 19 seconds.

So BuzzFeed Blue crew narrator and Sharie Elle volunteered to take on this challenge. The training was done one day (all day) at Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovation. The same trainer that taught Keanue Reeves how to shoot tactically.
Taran Butler is considered the Michael Jordan of competitive shooting, he at one time had an 11 year winning streak.
BuzzFeed narrator and Sharie Elle will endure the same training that K Reeves went through and its basically “3 Gun” training, which consists of a shotgun, pistol and a rifle.(AR15)

Here’s how they did.

Well they didn’t beat Keanu Reeves time but it looks like they sure learned a lot about guns. The participants was intimidated and excited about the whole experience.

Fast Forward to Now

Sources: TFB, BuzzFeed Blue Youtube, Chris Buckner

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