This is a discussion on Physiological Changes Brain/Body During A Shooting: within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; "Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals" by Michael Martin, chapter 5, has the best discussion of the effects mentioned in the OP that I've read. ...
"Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals" by Michael Martin, chapter 5, has the best discussion of the effects mentioned in the OP that I've read. I think a version of that book is the text book for the required MN concealed carry class. At least it 's the book my buddy in MN had in his class.
I've been in situations hunting where I fired a .30-06 standing off hand and only knew it went off because the deer went down and the scope picture changed. I didn't hear it, didn't feel it. I've not had it happen with the same intensity hunting varmints or small predators. But there is an intensity to hunting that isn't there on the range and I know I don't shoot as well hunting as I do at the range.
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Personally, most of the words and comments listed above are just that--words and comments. I do not subscribe to any of that--my thought process is KISS--keep it simple stupid and situational awareness. In a home invasion I will not leave my locked and secured bedroom (only wife and I so no one else in house in worry about). I know exactly where I will be and what I will do and it is simple and straightforward---KISS---you force open the door, you die. I am not worried about any physiological changes etal--I am ready, I have my position, I know my bedroom and I will first discharge with a 12g at that door as it opens. When you talk about potential for problem outside my home I embrace wholly and completely situational awareness. I am 71 and have never ever ever had an altercation that even required my yelling at someone (please no what ifs). I am careful where I go, when I go and what I do--this is not confining in any way--it is just plain common sense--I am aware of where I am and what is around me--odds are I am not even CC. There have been several threads on psychological and now physiological experiences---I have a very focused attitude on my safety--the only changes that I can see experiencing are the need to replace a door jamb and carpet in my bedroom and the need to probably change my underwear. I am not trying to make light of the discussion--just providing my take on this as far as I am concerned. This is an interesting thread but I do not subscribe to it.
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Good to see you have nailed your options down to a very few, defend in place. Only quibble is 'open the door and die' is that sometimes it's a family member - so you still need to positively identify your target.
I would think that the most extreme physiological and brain changes occur in whoever is on the RECEIVING end during a shooting.
"Life is tough but it's really tough if you are stupid"
I do agree that under other circumstances you ID, if you can, before you decide to discharge at whatever you are aiming at.