Written by: Greg Ellifritz
I was scanning my news feed for shooting articles and came across this one:
It happened in South Africa, but could have just as easily happened here. A man was awakened by what he thought was someone breaking into his house. He heard suspicious noises outside his bedroom door and fired a shot. The shot went right through the door, striking his own daughter in the head.
You see this technique a lot in movies. Beginning students almost always ask me about it. There are even some “professional” firearms instructors who have been recorded on video advocating the technique. I think it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
If you can’t identify your target, you shouldn’t shoot. It’s that simple. One of the basic four rules of firearms safety is “Know your target and what’s beyond”. Have we forgotten this simple lesson?
Besides being dangerous, shooting through walls is tactically unsound. You aren’t likely to get a good hit, you waste ammunition, you temporarily reduce your ability to hear the intruder (ever fired a gun without ear protection in a house?), and you give your position away to the bad guy.
Don’t do it. Let’s keep this tactic in the movies where it belongs.
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