I know that at the training facilities I’ve been to the practice has always been two shots to the center of mass, a reevaluation of the threat and if needed a head shot or follow up torso shots.
I also know the theory is we will, when the need arises, follow our training. Most training I’ve had has benn done by or attended by at least one LE officer. So I assume if they teach and train this way that is what we would expect to see from them and by us in a lethal force situation.
But in recent videos of police shootings and on a recent episode of LivePD (all deemed to be justifiable) LE has fired numerous rounds (10 or more) with no “reevaluation.”
So my questions for discussion are:
- Is the double tap / head shot practical?
- Is it taught more from a legal (criminal or civil) defense position?
- Are LE policies different from civilian training policies?
I assume most concealed carriers also carry at least one spare mag so if the double tap method is strictly for economy let’s ignore that and for the sake of this argument there is only one bad guy to deal with.