Shooting from the hip and aiming with the sights
By Dennis Adler
Today we call it instinct combat shooting, or point shooting, a close quarters technique where drawing and presenting the gun is abridged by the need to get off a quick and accurate shot in self defense. It is taught in shooting schools and law enforcement training, and it is one of the skills that that can effectively be practiced with air pistols. I recently completed an article for an upcoming issue of Guns of the Old West using several of the guns pictured in Part 2 of this article and shooting live ammo at 10 feet and 21 feet to hit a full-size silhouette target. With the .44 and .45 caliber cartridge guns I used a modified point shooting technique necessary since two of the guns didn’t even have front sights. Using a cross draw holster similar to the one pictured with the “Ace in the Hole” at 10 feet I was able to hit the upper chest area of the target with all three guns using a technique similar to what is pictured in this article, although I did not fan cock the guns but rather thumb cocked them. This is harder to do with the “Ace in the Hole” due to its fanning hammer design.