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I have heard/read many discussions about how shooting at the legs is wrong, and shooting at center of mass is correct.

You are correct.

Human response to sudden unexpected life threatening events is edgy at best.

Expecting to have the calm nerves and the coordination necessary for exact shot placement when suddenly attacked is not a good shootout survival tactic.

Shooting for the center of mass makes it more likely that you'll hit your target somewhere. If not a fatal wound at least a fight ending wound.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection captain once told me in a real gunfight he'd do the standard "two to the body and one to the head" and then, if the suspect/attacker didn't immediately go down, he'd aim at his attacker's hips and empty his gun.

When seconds mean life or death the police are only minutes away.
-- John Connor
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