Originally Posted by Hot Sauce NARC
I agree that its hard to overcome the urge to aim every shot and put them all in a nice quarter size hole, but when i went to the police academy the instructors there were great because they basically tought us to forget about the rear sight and baiscally use the front sight or just the front of the weapon for anything under 15 yards. They also made me think what is the point of a nice tight group when it comes to combat? Why put all your bullets in 1 hole? if u hit person on a double tap and ur second shot is 4 inches away from the first one then good you have probably disrupted function in another vital organ
That is really an excellent point Hot Sauce!
The guy I work with in the shop is one of the best pistol and rifle shooters I have ever been around. He should be, he grew up in a gun shop, grew up hunting in Indiana, spent 3 years in the army, then joined the Navy and went into the teams. Bottom line, the guy can flat shoot.
So, we were at the range one day and we were shooting pistols. Both of us have full size 1911's and we are shooting for points at 10 yards for who gets to pay for lunch. I always lose, but the competition is fun.
So, I ask him to show me one of those famous double taps where the bullet holes are touching.
First two rounds are about an inch and half apart. Then he gets serious.
*BAM-BAM* - A quick one-two and the holes were within an 1/8th of an inch of each other. It was damn impressive.
Then he clicks the safety on and says "For whatever good that will do you".
I was shocked, I thought that was the whole point of a double tap. He said that was conventional wisdom and people will brag about being able to do it.
Then he tells me that the ideal double tap, in a force on force scenario, has the first round entering low, around the bottom of the sternum, preferably right into the diaphram, and then the next round crashes into the upper chest, throat region - with a good 4 or 6 inches spacing in between.
The reason is because a hollow point is going to go in and disrupt. Expand. Tear bone and flesh and cause interior bleeding.
Put another round on top of the first and you are damaging the same area.
Put another round in another vital organ area and you are TWICE as likely to cause a bleed out. Situation over.
It made a ton of sense and it's hard to argue with.
I love shooting tight groups, and I love to out shoot someone, but if it ever comes down to it, I am going to pause that half a heartbeat between the second pull of that trigger and allow the weapon to rise just enough to send another .230 grains into a fresh spot on the body and hope for the best....