Knowing when not to shoot

Here’s a good idea from Defender88 at the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated:

“Buy a stack of man size silhouette targets.
Take 1 and make a large x across it.
Indicating this is a Non-Threat target.

“Staple the non-threat across the front of a standard threat target. Cover 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of the threat target. Practice moving and shooting and hitting the threat (say head shot) without hitting the non-threat. At different distances.
Find out what your real capabilities are, under ideal conditions. Considering how you would feel in hitting a non-threat : Wife, kid, by-stander.
Try making a head shot, while moving, with one hand, etc.
Then consider it will be 10x harder in a real fight.
One thing more important than knowing ‘when’ to shoot is knowing when ‘not’ to shoot.”

And, having practiced, being ready to employ your knowing.

Via Shooting Illustrated

2 responses to “Knowing when not to shoot

  1. I’ve always said handle you weapon enough so that even in the dark when you grab it you know exactly how it is and you can shoot immediately if necessary.

  2. Makes sense. Dry firing is good practice.

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