This would be one of the “great” intertron gun board debates, right up there with 1911 vs. Glock and .45 ACP vs. 9mm in terms of the passion and rhetoric that is brought to the table whenever someone posts a thread on The Firing Line about how awesome/sucky point shooting is. The difference between those threads and the other flamebait threads is that for some reason, I can’t avoid the point shooting threads like I can the other ones.
Obviously, I tend to come down on the side of “use the damn sights”, because they’re on your gun for a reason. Plus, until the day when the Army Marksmanship Unit changes their CQB course and says “yeah, you don’t need those sights”; or when the instructors at Blackwater take the sights off their Sigs I’m going to keep using the sights on my gun. But that’s just me, and there are people on the point shooting side of the debate who are just as passionate about how Rex Applegate et al taught pistol shooting.
The problem that you end up with is one that any practitioner of martial arts is familiar with – “style X of chop-sockey is better than style Y”! When I was working on my first black belt in high school, and then my second one in college, I ran in to this exact same mindset all the time, probably because one of my flavors of chop-sockey is generally regarded as useless “on t3h st33ts”.
So, short of trolling TFL and Bullshido (that reminds me, I need to post over there more often) what should we do? Since I do believe that combat pistol shooting is a martial art, like the rest of the martial arts world I suggest that we get over our collective selves and just go pull some triggers. It’s not up to me to prove to someone that their technique is “wrong” or inferior to my technique. If you’re happy with your training methods and instructors, than more power to you. Since I don’t believe that point shooting is dangerous or is going to get you killed, then as long as people are pulling triggers and buying ammo, I’m pretty happy with the result. Just don’t try and preach to me that your chop-sockey is stronger than mine, okay?
P.S. 1911s are better than Glocks.