Firing from the Hip?

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    The NRA Personal Protection Outside of the Home course includes firing from the hip and how to properly draw from a concealed holster or purse.

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    Did that in my last class...I have to say I didn't particularly enjoy being lined up that close to each other (and the targets) with everyone doing a point-blank mag dump...between brass and gasses, it wasn't fun.

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    I find it works fine for me if I use a revolver.
    Double tap from my Charter Arms 38 at about 10 feet drawing from pocket holster and "hip shooting"



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    Quote Originally Posted by 303british View Post
    I find it works fine for me if I use a revolver.
    Double tap from my Charter Arms 38 at about 10 feet drawing from pocket holster and "hip shooting"
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    From that distance hits at the very bottom of your silhouette target would impress me as much or maybe more.

    Hits at or between the hips are nothing to be scoffed at since BG will no longer be able to stand efficiently erect. Might be enough time to get away or finish a proper pound down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doghandler View Post
    From that distance hits at the very bottom of your silhouette target would impress me as much or maybe more.

    Hits at or between the hips are nothing to be scoffed at since BG will no longer be able to stand efficiently erect. Might be enough time to get away or finish a proper pound down.
    Why would you not want center mass hits? No offense intended to you, but that thought process boggles me.

    While I agree shots to the legs are better than misses, it isn't the first thing to be aimed at unless that is all you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45ACP4ever View Post
    Why would you not want center mass hits? No offense intended to you, but that thought process boggles me.

    While I agree shots to the legs are better than misses, it isn't the first thing to be aimed at unless that is all you have.
    Sometimes you must hit what is available first.
    In other words there may not be time to waste by raising the gun to chest level, especially from the draw.
    You may have to hit low and then zipper your way up to the chest area.
    I should add, however, that it is very easy to make chest and even head shots while hip shooting.
    Just focus your eyes on the spot that you wish to hit and the muzzle will follow.

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    I'm did a tour of duty consisting of boarding suspected "pirate" ships in the Philipines and our training taught us to shoot from the "third eye" (hip) as soon as we cleared the holster we had to do this while a guy was wresting with us, The whole drill was to create space and take down the target... Surprisingly effective tactic and easy to get proficient at.
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    It is all in the knowing, if one does not know how then it is impossible, but if one knows how then there is lots of doable things that most think impossible. As to shooting from the hip, just letting it happen helps if you think about it to much it doesn't work as well. Think pointing your finger (you do that without think of how) only with the barrel of the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45ACP4ever View Post
    Why would you not want center mass hits? No offense intended to you, but that thought process boggles me.

    While I agree shots to the legs are better than misses, it isn't the first thing to be aimed at unless that is all you have.
    Sure. I think Matthew Temkin gave a logical response in line with my thinking. But just to clarify, if we are shooting from the hip or from low ready, retention, or what ever it we want to call it we are not aiming - we are pointing.

    Also I should re-iterate that my comment concerned hits "at or between the hips" which would include the pelvis and it's associated vascular complex which is different than hits at a "leg".

    Just last December I folded up a running doe at approximately 70 yards with a solid hit to the hip. Hey, at least it wasn't gut shot! And yes I was leading for the chest. It took a while for her to bleed out but it was apparent that she could not bear weight on her rear legs and she was bleeding from an artery. Upon examination during butcher I found that both hips were broken and the pelvis was shattered. The Hornady 12 ga. SST was recovered from the ham. A three legged deer can go a long ways. Just say'n.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samefly View Post
    Does anyone actually teach this? I just started looking into firearm self defense and from what I'm seeing there are a LOT of close quarters (within arms reach) scenarios. If those attacks happen so often is training to fire from the hip wise? If so, how?

    I spend approx 3% instruction time teaching instinctive or point shooting from the hip. Our formal course of fire requires 3 yards, 3 rounds center of mass, 4 seconds.
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