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Old 06-23-2013, 06:47 AM   #1
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Self-Defense Shooting is NOT Bullseye Shooting

When I was a new shooter, I obsessed over putting every round I shot into the bullseye (ok, sure, I still do!), but ... it is very important to understand the difference between self-defense accuracy, or "combat accuracy," if you will, and putting rounds in bullseyes.

The adrenelin is pumping, everything is a blur, you are afraid, shocked and scared for your life....the goal is to get rounds into center mass.

To put it bluntly, putting as many holes in the center mass of an assailant is the BEST WAY to stop a threat. Obsessing over trying to get all the shots into the same hole is actually going to slow you down in a self-defense situation where the goal is always: TO STOP THE THREAT.

Here's a video explanation of the concept. Simply put, if you are getting rounds into a center mass area that is about the size of your open hand, or thereabouts, you are doing just fine.

VIDEO HERE.
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In other late-breaking developments:

Don't eat yellow snow.

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Old 06-23-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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True, but if you can add a timed component into each shot... Wyatt Earp was an advocate of focusing on accuracy and training on that, believing that the shooter would build speed with repetition. As he said, "You need to learn to shoot slow in a hurry."
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Come to think of it, after the last couple of autopsies the M.E. did recommend that I try to open my groups up a little bit.
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Snake, you're my hero... but you might want to throw in a warning about cool-aid
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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It's hard to see the cool-aid once you've consumed it.

(Thanks Snake for picking up the slack when I wasn't around).
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That's what I teach, "Shoot for the mass". I have also changed the wording in one of the old rules of gun handling. The, "Don't put your finger on the trigger unless you are going to shoot." is now "Don't put your finger on the trigger unless you think you might shoot."
This was changed because a nice young lady I was training in home self defense said, "If I have my gun cocked and have my finger on the trigger but the threat backs off, do I still have to shoot my gun?". I kindly explained to her that that wasn't what the rule was intended to mean. No questions are dumb questions in my class.
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Different verse, same tune

Sight alignment, trigger control, and follow through would seem to be basic requirements in just about all shooting sports.

Just my opinion, as there are LOTS of shooting sports that I haven't tried.

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Snake, you're my hero... but you might want to throw in a warning about cool-aid
To Snake AND Charlie...

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Hey, that's why they pay us the big bucks...
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Hey, that's why they pay us the big bucks...
Yup.

"If it was easy, anybody could do it."
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It's hard to see the cool-aid once you've consumed it.

(Thanks Snake for picking up the slack when I wasn't around).
Does it come out yellow??
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Does it come out yellow??

You'll have to ask a cool-aid drinker.

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I didn't bother to look at the video, I thought the concept was self evident.

Either somone just got a video camera or thinks they've just discovered the wheel.
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Hey, give the kid a break and work on making him better.
Have you ever wanted to edit "Nutnfancy"?
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"Kid"?

Love it.
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"Kid"?

Love it.
You have to admit it's better than "Dude".
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No, seriously..I love it.

It's like getting carded when you are WAY past 21.

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"Kid" can also mean "Newbie" or "FNG" in some contexts, and I suspect this was one of them.
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Shooting while moving [sideways] gives you the best chance of not "tasting lead" in a self defense scenario, or [at least]
increasing the chance of "tasting" a round in a less lethal location on your body. Also shooting while moving for cover is
best when dealing with more than 1 assailant, but most people [even trained] tend to stand and shoot because a "gunfight"
is a scary, fast and "adrenaline-pumped" thing; until you've actually been in one it's hard to really grasp the feeling.

I have been in a few and man, it's hot - way hot; I don't recommend it unless it unless it is most necessary.
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