The Physiology of Stopping The Threat

By Brandon. April 15th, 2016

One of the greatest misconceptions surrounding defensive shooting is the "kill shot" or one shot kill that we see so often portrayed in movies and TV. Many gun owners and defensive shooters think "Oh well I carry a .357 Magnum or .45ACP, so I will only need a few shots to stop any threat." Lets take a moment to understand what is going on with the body when bullets start to fly, and see if that holds up to some scrutiny.

To put it simply, good defensive shooting or "shooting to stop" is comprised of a few variables, namely, multiple rounds into the target with good targeting. Good targeting means you are targeting the center of mass and ocular occipital zones of the assailant. Tim Larkin of Target Focus Training describes it best when he says "the problem is not the bad guy's gun or knife, the problem is that his brain is telling his finger to pull the trigger, or to lunge with the knife."

So our job is simple, to disrupt or sever that connection effectively removing the assailant's ability to continue to threaten our lives or the lives of those we love. This is why we target these zones. .....

For those who are armed at home and perhaps carry as well -- there are many misconceptions about "stopping" a threat. It is perhaps worth reviewing the subject so as to be better aware of what is involved as, if the terrible day arrives when you are fighting for your life, you can remain aware that the "one-shot-stop" is unlikely to occur. Remember, situational awareness is everything, along with an option to escape a situation if possible.

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