Dangerous wrote:My reply is in red above........If you think you'llbring the barrel to eye level, aim, then coolysqueez off a round when the do-do is in the fan, leave the gun at home, you'll be dead.
While it is true that most self defense situations do not lend themselves to allowing careful aim....... some do. And, many self defense situations are resolved with the gun being brought into the equation but not fired.
Both of those considerations mean it is NOT a good idea to leave the gun home!!! Even if someone does think they will have the time to coolly squeeze off a round.
Hence the advice you gave is very misleading... not to mention incorrect.
Go ask anyone who has ever been in a shoot out or combat, aiming ain't in the equation. You point the gunator about where you want to shoot, fire, then correct from there.You will, after about the first shot get the barrel to just below eye level. From thereyou will look over the top of the barrel and fire and correct the rest of the rounds, of until the incident is over.
Not quite true........ quite often "point shooting", where the the eye/mind focus is on the target and the sights are not consciously seen nor intentionally lined up, is used for self defense but it is NOT a "fire, then correct from there" kind of thing. Point shooting is a skill... a very teachable skill.. a skill that is a very valuable tool to have in any self defense "toolbox".
Actually there is a "continuum" of self defense fire that starts out with very close point shooting up close to the attacker, then evolves to putting the front sight on desired point of impact as distance increases, then evolves to using both front and rear sights for a correct sight picture as distance increases more.
This is the reason automatic weapons are used, it gives you a type of shotgun affect without aiming. Aiming is for firing from cover.
Automatic weapons? Really? Perhaps you meant "semi automatic" weapons since automatic weapons are illegal?
As for reserving aiming to firing from cover please see what I said above about the continuum of fire. Cover or concealment is not necessary for the proper use of the sights for aiming.
Also, since the defender is responsible for where every bullet ends up, in the attacker or a miss that hits an innocent, it is imperative that the sights be used when possible to avoid having bullets miss......... whether cover/concealment is available or not.
Also, the longer the barrel the longer radius when turning left or right. In a shooting situationevery millisecondis precious andcan work for you and against an adversary provided you act first and faster.
Are you saying that a gun with a longer barrel will slow down the defender too much because the gun is unwieldy? Those milliseconds needed to move the gun to "track" the bad guy's movements you are referring to are meaningless compared to the 1 to 2 seconds it takes for the average person just to draw the gun from a holster.... even an openly carried holster... and drawing from concealed carry is slower than open carry draws.
A heavier handgun too will mitigate into speed of movement, think centrifical forceand energywhenspinning left or right.
Perhaps you are giving too much thought to the incorrect criteria? Worrying about milliseconds of gun movement pale in comparison to the concerns of:
Having a gun.
Having a gun that works ever time, all the time.
Having a gun that the individual can control well enough to be reasonably accurate with. The weight of the gun can influence the ability to control recoil from shot to shot.
Having a gun that is reasonably comfortable (light enough) enough so the person will actually carry it instead of leaving it home.
And, most importantly, the individual spending time practicing, practicing, PRACTICING!, with the gun that the individual will be carrying.
Oh... and there is really no such thing as "centrifugal force". What is thought of as "centrifugal force" is actually inertia... in that any object in motion will continue in motion unless some other force deflects it.
Think of a bucket of water swung in a circle at the end of your arm. If you let go the bucket will go straight out from where you let go. The only thing keeping it going in a circle (deflecting it) is your arm. The "tug" you feel is not "centrifugal force" but is the inertia contained within the bucket of water trying to go straight instead of in a circle.
centrifugal forcen (Physics / General Physics) a fictitious force that can be thought of as acting outwards on any body that rotates or moves along a curved path
An effect that seems to cause an object moving in a curve to be pushed away from the curve's center. Centrifugal force is not a true force but is actually the effect of inertia, in that the moving object's natural tendency is to move in a straight line.
And the small amount of inertia contained within a self defense firearm isn't really much at all. Certainly not enough to cause extreme delays in movement, unless one is carrying an actual cannon or a trebuchette (sp?).