I would like to hear a description of what everyone thinks "shot placement" means. You hear that shot placement is more important than anything right? If you can't hit your target what good does it do you? You hear people say that bullets don't matter, caliber doesn't matter, shot placement matters. So is it (just a few examples): 1. The ability to hit COM at any given distance? 2. The ability to just hit your target (at all)? 3. Hitting in the general chest area? 4. Placement of shots to the head? 5. Hitting the spine/nervous system? 6. Shooting through the eye? 7. Placing the shot between the ribs perhaps so it passes through the heart? 8. Hitting the lung(s)? 9. Targeting the major arteries? 10. Going for the pelvis or hip? 11. Aiming through the ear? 12. Shooting 17 rounds and hitting the same target within an inch in under 2 seconds? 13. Shooting the gun as fast as it can fire hitting ALL your shots in a specified area? 14. Hitting your target the first time? How about the second, or more follow up shot? 15. Are we even discussing follow up shots or is that irrelevant in regards to shot placement? What matters most in "shot placement"? I would also like to add that those of you who are the big time "shot placement" advocates that usually like to pack 9mm and 380's (from what I have seen) usually also advocate that you also need as many bullets as possible in an auto loader. (If it's about shot placement why do you need so many?) So with shot placement being key, if you had to defend your life, do you wait for that perfect shot like when deer hunting? Or are you just so good that you blast away and hope to hit that sweet spot? I really just want everyone to clarify when they say (in regards to so many gun debates, usually over caliber) shot placement is most important... This is usually following the usual threads of say 9mm vs 45 that one cannot possibly shoot a larger caliber as well as smaller one. And "shot placement" is key. Is this meaning follow up shots have to be accurate AND fast? Then it would be more about I can shoot my X caliber faster than your X caliber. I mean if I take my Ruger 10/22 and say my 45 Auto I can empty 25 rounds of 22lr in about the same time it takes to empty 14 rds in my XD-45 in the same grouping at 7/15/25 yards. So is shot placement considered equal in these two comparisons? I am not trying to start a war here just asking those that feel strongly about this particular issue to give their definition of it and give some back up evidence on how to accomplish this?