And this is why I said this was going to get messy. On a subject like this, we have people coming out of the wood work to share their "experiences".
There will NEVER be a concensus on this subject, and even the modern firearms masters can't agree on the issue at hand.
First off, let me say that I have studied the subject in passing, it's not something I have devoted a lot of time too, because I don't believe it's the best possible self defense plan to have.
Situational awareness should always put you in a position where you wouldn't let a bad guy get close enough that you would NEED
to point shoot.
That said, every plan is just a list of sh!t that can, and will, go wrong long before you get to Step 4.
Now, to the discussion at hand.
Point Shooting has been taught to every Israeli Military Recruit for decades. I think everyone here will agree that if ANYONE has experience in close combat, it's the Israeli's. They also teach Krav Maga, which is one of the most deadly effective martial arts on the planet. They don't waste time with things that don't work.
In the Israeli Point Shooting your arm becomes a pivot at the elbow and that is all. You don't use your muscle group at the shoulder, the idea is that from the elbow down, you have one strong linear "pointer".
Try picking up a heavy olympic style weight plate, or a heavy book. Your hand can not close around it, so you form a sort of clam-shell, with all 4 fingers together on one side, and your thumb on the other side, pressing in with force to hold the item.
You can't "grab" it the way you would a milk jug or a rope.
In this "grip" your wrist is aligned with the bones in your forearm, locked strongly in place and your fingers and thumb are pointed straight away. Try it and you will see what I mean.
The Israeli method is exactly that, your grip on the weapon is the same as you normally use, your finger goes to the trigger because you are expecting to fire and your wrist is locked the same way, in linear alignment with your forearm. You bend at the elbow and "point" the weapon the same way you would point directions.
Doing this, my first rounds are always low, generally around the girdle area, but the follow up shots, due to recoil and arm control, always climb in a straight up fashion so that the next 3 or 4 rounds all find the sweet spot.
It's effective and it's simple. That said, I don't practice it as much as I should, I don't think I have done it in the last 5 or 6 range trips, merely because I don't like it.
I would prefer to make space using my strong, off hand if necessary( I am left handed and shoot right handed ) than I would try to rely on point shooting.
Now, if everyone can agree to disagree, I am not going to have to close this thread - but the constant back and forth about who has been shot at more times, and who's man hammer is bigger because of it, isn't what the discussion should be about.
Stick to the facts at hand please gentlemen -