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Bullseyes Don't Shoot Back: The Complete Textbook of Point Shooting for Close Quarters Combat Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Col. Rex Applegate was universally recognized as America's foremost authority on close combat with or without weapons.

Michael D. Janich is one of the foremost modern authorities on handgun point shooting and one of the few contemporary instructors to have personally trained with the late close-combat legend Col. Rex Applegate. In addition to making his own martial arts equipment, noted martial arts author and instructor Michael Janich has designed and engineered everything from blowguns to knives, including the highly acclaimed Masters of Defense Tempest folding knife.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873649575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873649575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Im glad I got this book.
Wojo /Cisco
Get Rex Applegate's video, "Shooting for Keeps" as a companionn to the book.
Alan D. Cranford
Recommend it for anyone who wants to learn to point and shoot.
Sally Kurjan

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Cranford VINE VOICE on July 8, 2005
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This book updates the close quarter handgun firing section of "Kill or Get Killed." Point shooting has a couple of advantages over using the sights. Focus on the sights psychologically removes the shooter from the gun fight and can increase accuracy--but the human eye can focus on only one thing at a time. Fratricide (shooting brother police officers) is one of the pitfalls of using your sights. You need target focus if you are to identify your target--and know what your target is doing at the moment you shot. Sight focus is important beyond 25 feet--this varies between people--and target focus is vital at ten feet or less. Most gunfights take place at close range because criminal activity is an anti-social social activity. The book, "Body Language" explains the distances for social interaction and how you can fool almost anybody at 25 feet, but have a lot of trouble doing so at 4 feet. Most of the police officers who died from bullet injuries in the line of duty were shot from distances of less than ten feet--often, by other police officers. Memorizing the grooves in your front sight instead of looking for body language clues when your enemy is close enough to touch is losing situational awareness--you'd have shot already if your target was doing something that justified shooting! The uncertain nature of close quarter encounters is why point shooting must be part of the skill set possessed by every soldier, law enforcement officer, and armed private citizen. Today's handguns have better sights--so low light, stress-induced visual impairment, and the effects of getting a face full of tear gas don't have the same effect as when armed with a M1911A1 issued in 1942. Point shooting is quick to learn, and point shooting skills don't decay as rapidly as using the sights.Read more ›
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2003
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I am a recent convert to Applegate.
I have been shooting for some time now, with limited results using frontsite focus, controlled breathing, squeeze trigger, be surprised when the round goes off, blah, blah, blah. The problem is...way to much fine motor skill required. When our heart rate goes to 145 bpm ie adrenilin dump, we enter the gross motor skill zone. All the fine motor skill crap will go out the window...Weaver, Chapmann, Iscosoles, all of it, unless you train for hundreds of hours to create 'muscle memory'. Most of us just don't have time, we will go to gross motor skills, as will most of the 'Experts'.
That's Applegates entire premise, and he is a true WW II combat expert, what is old, is now new, plus it could save your life!
I tried Point Shooting yesterday, fired 250 rounds at 45 feet (beyond the 30' range accuracy of point shooting), it works -BUY THIS BOOK!
PS - Applegate does endorse the Iscosoles stance for distance shooting, only if time allows, or whatever type of fine motor skill stance for that matter, but within 30' - Point Shoot.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lodge2 on August 6, 2007
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Although I agree with much of what the authors say, I also believe they fall into the same trap they accuse the "gurus" of, and alternate between valid points and contradictory statements:

1. Gun "gurus" are wrong to emphasize two-handed sighted fire.
2. "Realistic combat shooting technique is a continuum which ranges from extreme close range body point firing to two-handed sighted fire techniques."
3. You should emphasize one-handed point shooting.

A better approach would have been to emphasize statement #2 and then show the benefits of one-handed point shooting without trying to make it sound like the "holy grail" of combat shooting.

Overall a good book that is worth your time to read. If nothing else, it gives some historical perspective on the evolution of combat shooting and offers old/new ideas for consideration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Steenrod on August 18, 2013
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I am a retired police officer with 35 years on the job. During my life I have studied numerous different fighting styles, I have trained with numerous Weapons, both lethal and nonlethal. I have been SWAT/Special Entry trained. In those years I was involved in numerous firearms incidents. During this time I have seen several firearms methods come and go. The best I can say for most of them is that they are usually fads and hopefully didn't get too many officers killed. Most police shooting incidents take place at less then 7 feet. Less then 3 feet in the shooting incident I was involved in. In these incidents most training goes out the window and it comes down to draw and shoot. This also explains why there are so many stray bullets in most police shootings. When you are looking down the barrels of a 12 gauge side by side that is closer then 3 feet and it was just fired at a police officer all them nice little things you learned at the range are going right out the window.. For these reasons I have looked for years for a firearms training method that is natural and instinctive so that it won't go out the window when the panic hits. I think Col. Applegate comes as close to that as anything I saw in 35 years.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Limsk on June 1, 2000
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This book by two noted personalities in self-defense circles gives lots of practical information on practice of using firearms. Inside, you will find discussions covering topics like techniques, tactics, and training.
Due to the deadly seriousness of the subject matter, I appreciate the concise, no-nonsense style of writing and the practical advice presented in the book. The photos and illustrations are clear and add to the usefullness of the book. While I still think Massad Ayoob's 'In the Gravest Extreme' and 'The Truth About Self protection' are the best books on this subject, this book does a fine job as well.
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