Techna Clip analyzes the most common self-defense shooting myths and mistakes.

  1. Myth: The caliber does not matter. Just aim for the head. This is not true. While aiming for the head will likely cause the perpetrator to drop, there are many organs in the head that help to protect the brain. As studies show the cranial vault, nose and the bone along the side and top of the head, all help protect the brain from injury. This means that realistically the defensive shooter only has a maximum two-inch target between the bottom of the nose and the top of the eyes. While any caliber will likely enter the brain, the chances of hitting this narrow area on a moving target are quite slim. If in a life-threatening situation, remove the gun from the gun belt clip and aim for the largest part of the body – the chest.
  2. Myth: Aim for the heart, not the center of the chest. The heart is a vital organ so it is a common assumption that most people think it makes sense to aim for the heart. However, under an attack of extreme stress, shooting the attacker’s chest will still do significant damage to the lungs, heart and arteries.
  3. Myth: Smaller shot groupings are better for defensive shooting. When shooting an attacker, it is best to spread out the tissue damage, as this causes more destruction. Time is valuable in an attack. The attacker is trying to hurt you, which means that group shots can slow you down. Just shoot fast because eight-inch target distances take time to accurately reposition and aim.
  4. Myth: If the military uses full metal jacket ammunition, it must be good. The military is required to use full metal jacket ammunition. However, hollow points have a special design that allows them to spread and create a wide wound cavity. This destroys even more flesh than the traditional full metal jackets and prevents innocent people from being in the line of shrapnel fire.
  5. Myth: Carrying reloaded ammunition is just as sufficient as factory rounds. While up for great debate, reloaded ammunition is less reliable and sufficient than factory-made rounds. Used casings can have defects in the brass, which can cause cartridges to fail. This can cause a blowout, damage the gun or cause jamming.
  6. Myth: .45 ammunition procedures more single stops than 9mm. When shooting a weapon, the shot placement is vital. An accurate shot and the number of hits are far more important than the caliber.
  7. Myth: Shooters should always train to get two shots on the center mass in self-defense situations. No two self-defense scenarios are ever identical. No one can predict how many shots it will take to halt an intruder. The best advice is to continue shooting until the threat stops, which may be a single shot, five shots, ten shots or more. When shooting, always vary the number of shots, practicing with gun belt clipsand seeing what type of pistol is most comfortable. Some people prefer the LCP 380 holster, while others prefer the popular Ruger LC9 clip. There is no wrong weapon of choice, but it is simply a matter of preference based on loaded weight, comfort and price range.