- Apr 19, 2010
While I'm sure it's all been covered, just to make a short-and-sweet list of why we shoot where we do:Paradox SuXcess said:Please comment below and let's have a non-flammed talk about it and if you yourself are or know any trained marksmen, what do they think about that situation, if they have told you. Some officers are discreet and I respect that.
EDIT: Thank you all for the comments and I have learnt something new. I weren't saying shoot to kill was a bad idea just thinking of the possibility of alternatives and all your answers are informative and thank you.
EDIT... again: Just to point out also, I am not saying situations like these are similar to movies and video games cause they aren't. There is a clear difference between reality and fiction and thank you to all who hasn't brought up any political wars like liberal this, ring wing that blah blah. I like whats already being said and being informed about more reasons why shoot to disable isn't the most sound idea. I appreciate it.
1. Shooting for center-mass is not about lethality. It's about safety. "Center-mass" represents the largest target, minimizing the risk of missing. Limbs and heads are very small and very mobile. And even if you managed to hit one on the fly, odds are the round would pass through with plenty of kinetic energy left to endanger someone else.
2. We are only shooting when someone threatens the lives of those around them. Center-mass shooting is also about certainty -- we need to be certain that this person is going to stop quickly. You don't want them squeezing off a few shots on the way down, or continuing toward a victim to finish stabbing them.