A Woman’s Thoughts on Center Mass vs. Central Nervous Shooting



This video was made with the thought of encouraging my female students to brush up on skills and recap after taking a Self Defense Handgun course or Private Instruction from me. I’m hoping to do a series of relatively short videos in the coming months tackling subjects such as this one… giving food for thought and encouraging ladies to make the most of their training/range time. So, if you are interested in hearing about these kinds of topics, please let me know by liking and subscribing. Also, if you have women in your life who could benefit from these topics, please do share.

In this video, I did not delve deeply into the techniques or detailed logistics involved when aiming at the Central Nervous System. I really just wanted to introduce the idea and give a brief comparison with the norm, which is shooting Center Mass. I may do a follow-up video in the near future with a little more detail about shooting CNS.

When I make the statement that I teach my students to aim CNS, I am not in any way claiming that a person shooting Center Mass is incapable of stopping a threat. Nor am I guaranteeing that a person aiming CNS will always eliminate a threat with the first shot. However, I am saying that the brain and spinal cord are in the same location on every human, unless they are afflicted with a terrible case of Scoliosis. I am also saying that the center of the torso may lie over top of very different internal organs, depending upon the person’s shape and size.

Every person carrying a handgun for self defense is concerned about their shots being placed effectively, quickly, and consistently. They should also be concerned about what anatomy is affected once the bullet enters the attacker’s body. This is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Understanding and thinking through these issues can really change the way you practice at the range and the way you evaluate threats.

So, when you go to the range to practice shooting…I hope you won’t mindlessly throw boxes of bullets into the ‘X’ just because it’s the ‘X’. Think through your training exercises as if you were really being attacked. Evaluate your hits in terms of what organs would have been punctured and what effect they would have had on an attacker. And, please don’t stand still…but that’s another video.

” Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

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