If it helps at all, I teach my Officers to shoot center mass of the body. This is done for several reasons. First, it gives the largest target area. You are aiming at a general area 18 inches wide and 3 feet tall. Even a "miss" will still hit the body. Secondly, shooting center mass ( not "mast" as claimed above me), neutralizes the threat. We are taught to neutralize, NOT KILL. If it happens that the offender dies from gunshot wounds in the body, I can legally go into court with full documentation and prove that we are attempting to immobilize, not kill. Even when an Officer is cleared of all legal wrongdoing in a shooting scenario, they are still open to civil charges of "wrongful death" by members of the family.
And unlike shooting at a qualifying range, there is actual stress and the "pucker factor" of a real situation. You are not thinking at this point but using what is called muscle memory. The body will do what it is has been taught to do and trained to do by repetition. Again, another reason to shoot center mass. Neutralize the threat. Stop them from shooting back.
By the way, and this is for Adam, whom I suspect has NO weapons experience. I am also a competitive shooter and I have represented my Department for the last 19 years in the Police Olympics in rifle and pistol competition. Our pistol competition is using 4 inch barrels and is shot at 50 yards ( yes, yards,,,,,that means 150 feet) and is done for points, which means the main item you are aiming at is a circle 3 inches in diameter. Picture standing half a football field away and shooting at something slightly larger than a silver dollar. Over the years, I have earned 330 medals and trophies for my shooting abilities. Pistols are extremely accurate. When you coordinate trigger control, aiming and breathing control together, the shot will go in the same place each time. This is the muscle memory I work at teaching my people during requalifications.
I hope this helps and you can find it useful
Firearms Instructor, Arsenal Officer, Armorer, Use of Force Instructor, Chemical Munitions Instructor, NRA rated competitive shooter and lifetime NRA member.
· 10 years ago