She pulled out a gun and pointed/aimed it at him.

Is there any significant difference between these or are they interchangeable here?

Is there a difference if it's pointed/aimed from short or long distance?

  • Aimed makes it clear that there was an intention to shoot, or at least a threat. – Kate Bunting Jan 14 at 9:52

It's a matter of precision. If you point a gun at someone, you're not putting in a lot of effort to be accurate with it. At short range that may not matter, and so the words would become more similar in use, but at a longer range then "aimed" emphasises an intent for accuracy.

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