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The “Center Mass” Myth and Ending a Gunfight
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The “Center Mass” Myth and Ending a Gunfight -Triggernometry
by ADMINISTRATOR on OCTOBER 10, 2010




The “Center Mass” Myth and Ending a Gunfight

By Jim Higginbotham

Surviving a gunfight isn’t what you think it is. Don’t let conventional wisdom get you killed. A well place round to “center mass” in your attacker may not take him out of the fight. Lots of people stay in the fight after “center mass” hits, and some even win it. If you expect to win your gunfight, you have to make sure that you have effectively ended the threat of your attacker. One, two or even several well placed “center mass” shots may not do what you think it will, and learning to recognize this before you gunfight may save your life.

There is a self styled self defense “expert” under every rock, and perhaps two behind every bush, these days. If you have a pet theory on what might work on the street then you can probably find a champion for that idea who actually charges people to teach them that skill. But few of the experts out there have ever been in gunfights, and even fewer have studied real gunfights to see how things really work out when the bullets really fly for blood.

There are more misconceptions out there than I can cover in one article but the one that probably gets to me the most, even over all the caliber wars that rage interminably in the print and cyber media, is the nearly universal acceptance that shooting a miscreant “center mass” with ________(fill in your favorite make, model and caliber) shooting _________ (fill in your favorite ammunition) hyper speed truck killer is practically guaranteed to get the job done.

Having studied in this field from a number of decades, I have run into plenty of cases where bullets did not do what folks would have assumed. And I have now collected enough of these that I think that rather than being anomalies, they are actually closer to the norm. Center mass hits in a gunfight do not in most cases end the fight. Erroneous assumptions can get you killed!
LINK: http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/the-cent...ernometry/
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This is why I carry a battle axe and only practice decapitation blows.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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The author did not really contribute much to the article except you can put a lot of rounds center mass into somebody and they can still be alive. Thanks, Jim Higginbotham. That was very helpful! Rolleyes
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This author wasted my time. Where else would he like me to shoot? Do we need to bring out all the stories of bad head shots? Bullets skipping off skulls?

We all know you stop someone by drawing enough blood that their brain stops, by hitting the spinal cord/brain stem in the right place, or by scaring them enough they voluntarily stop. We can also all surmise that sometimes it's really really hard to hit the right spots quick enough.
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GregorOneEye;107296 Wrote:This author wasted my time. Where else would he like me to shoot? Do we need to bring out all the stories of bad head shots? Bullets skipping off skulls?

Don't forget all of the stories of people dying from gunshots from .22, .25, .380, and even .177 rounds. Tongue

Seriously though, we all know to shoot center mass and keep firing until the target is no longer a threat. Preferably carry a .38, .357 (sig or magnum), 9mm, .40, .44 magnum, or .45 (LC, auto, or gap), etc. that can hold as many rounds as possible, BUT...make sure you can accurately shoot whichever firearm you choose to carry AND most importantly make sure you carry whichever gun you choose to buy(don't keep it at home or in your car). A .22LR derringer might be a better purchase if you know you'll carry that 100% of the time compared to a Beretta 92 that you might carry 33% of the time you go out. Or a Glock 19 might be a better purchase if you're more accurate carrying that than a S&W J-frame.

Edit: Remember when it comes to ammo you want lots of energy, reliable expansion, and penetration.
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I thought the 10mm solved this problem? Big Grin
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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Take home message is "shoot them a bunch of times center mass and pray it works"?
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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Yeah I was kind of hoping for a solution.....the little table of calibers was interesting but seemed sort of "worst case scenerio" to me. Which is fine.
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I don't think the "center mass" theory was ever about making the deadliest shot. Everyone knows that a headshot or spinal cord shot will stop an attacker the fastest. But a center mass shot is least likely to miss, especially during an adrenaline rush.

I still plan to shoot COM if I ever have to. At least until the zombies come.
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What we were taught is to shoot and create distance. Unless you happen to score a terminal shot placement, there should be every expectation that the attacker remains a threat. If you expect the battle to be over simply because you struck your enemy correctly, then you haven't correctly prepared yourself for that engagement.

If you have to engage: fire, create distance, and scan for secondary threats.
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