This is a discussion on Would you intervene in a shooting attack where shooter has bulletproof vest? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by TumblingFTW I carry a Five-seveN loaded with (legal) ammunition that will penetrate multiple Level IIIa vests (the heaviest soft armor you can ...
One other thing to think about in the mass shooting scenario, is that if you draw your gun and are looking for a clear shot at the shooter, amidst the panic that will occur, you risk getting shot by the police who arrive at the scene, not knowing who is the shooter, and who is the good guy.
"It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
J. R. R. Tolkien
Vests are a part of our training here, anyway. If high center of mass doesn't stop the aggressor on the first volley of shots, you tap, rack, reassess, try again, then shoot for the pelvis. Vests only go down to about the navel, and once you hit a person in the hips and shatter the pelvis, they drop where they stand, and most likely bleed out very quickly. That area of the body is mandatory to make your legs work, and there is a LOT of blood flow there as well. It's also a much larger targer, and not as fast-moving as a head, so it tends to be a more preferable target than a head shot when facing an adversary in body armor.
Just remember: Torso, then Pelvis. I even practice these combinations at the range, so it stays at the forefront of my mind. Then again, I wear body armor at work, so I think about someone else having it, too.