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Interesting article on center mass effects

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gym, Apr 2, 2012.

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  1. gym

    gym member

    Dec 9, 2007
    I copied this link, from an email I recieved from Guns America. It is well written and definatelly questions some of the suggestions as to where to fire and what to use during a gunfight, along with some staitistical analysis and the authors personal experiences as a law man. I found it to be interesting and different than most things I have read on this topic. Since it was sent out in a mass emailing, I hope I am not violating any rules by posting the link. If so I apologize and feel free to remove it.
    Jim Higginbotham , wrote it and it is a good read. I would enjoy your responses to it if you are so inclined.
  2. mortablunt

    mortablunt Member

    May 1, 2011
    It's pretty good. I've Favorited the article.
  3. SharkHat

    SharkHat Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Posting the link to the original source is usually okay. I think it's copying and pasting the content that usually causes problems.

    Thanks for the link, reading the article
  4. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Arlington, Republic of Texas
    No surprise. Blood loss and organ damage take a significant amount of time to stop motor control of limbs. Damaging the central nervous system is the only real way to turn a person off. You have enough oxygenated blood already in your organs and limbs to continue moving for over a minute, even with a punctured heart. A threat can still pull a trigger with damaged organs. The only way to keep that threat from contracting his trigger finger muscles is to cut the electrical signal from the brain to the nerves in the finger.

    That article is only stating basic physiology and body mechanics. True effective shooting is putting enough rounds around the spinal cord and brain in hopes of damaging the CNS and stopping motor control.

    Now that's not to say that you shouldn't shoot center mass. The spinal cord is in the center of the body. You need to put bullets, and lots of them, through the torso as to hit the spine. The bleeding holes created by those bullets are the side benefit, not the goal. The goal should always be the CNS.

    There is a reason why we always say shot placement is key. That's because a well placed shot to the spine will turn everything beneath that part on their body off, just like a light switch. The tool you use is an important key. When picking caliber, capacity, bullet type, etc, be aware of what your goal is: put a bullet through part of their CNS. More bullets give your more chances. More penetration means it has a better chance of getting though all of their body to get to the spine. There is not perfect gun or perfect caliber. But just know that big bleeding holes are not as effective as a hole, even a small one, through the spine.
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