Understanding Anatomy in 3 Dimensions

Tatiana Whitlock discusses the use and understanding of shot placement with regards to anatomy in 3 dimensions. Many people train and practice with 2D targets. However understanding where the organs are in 3D is just as important. Hunters study anatomy of their targets for efficiency. You should adapt that thought process into your defensive training as well.


Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Very informative. I always wanted to shoot somebody in the gall bladder but never knew where it was.
    Nice target BTW, ive also always wanted to shoot Shia Labeouf.

    • MrEllis

      That target scares me.

    • Grindstone50k

      Shia surprise!

    • Paladin

      Well you can’t shoot me in the gall bladder, I don’t have one.

  • smartacus

    that video got me thinking about a Rudyard Kipling quote…

    • M.M.D.C.

      Perhaps this:

  • iowaclass

    (Anybody else reminded of Faora from Superman?)

    • smartacus

      yep, she can be Faora; or even Ursa from Superman2 🙂

  • Nicks87

    Thanks for curing me of my ignorance on that subject. Who would have thought that if your target moves you would need to change your point of aim. ///sarcasm///

  • Zachary marrs

    this is so rediculous, i don’t even know what to say.

    This is some serious mall ninja stuff here.

    i mean, aiming at specific organs? Really?

    • David Eickelmann

      It’s less mall ninja than you think, even if the concept was poorly explained. This is why you aim center of mass, and also why the FBI requires rounds to penetrate 12-18″ in Gel. Your pistol round may have to go through arm muscles, the humerus, a shoulder joint, ribs, and 8″ of internals before it gets to something that will stop an attacker (CNS, heart).

      Should you be trying to aim at specific organs? Maybe, maybe not. If you’re presented with a full torso, shooting the middle of the torso will increase your likelihood of connecting, but might not immediately stop the threat, whereas an upper torso shot is much more likely to do so, and not much more likely to miss.

      • Zachary marrs

        Com is fine, but organs? Thats absolutely rediculous

  • Will

    Place an 8×10 sheet of per on a 3-D target. Top of sheet even with the nipples ( male target).
    “This represents the area encompassing all the vital organs in the human torso. Put rounds in that 8×10 area and you’re pretty sure to cause a lot of damage. Head shots are for trained snipers not the average person defending themselves under high stress.”
    That is what I taught my students.

  • Jarhead0369

    80% of rounds fired by police do not even hit the intended target, those are the FBI statistics. Very few people, police or civilian, will be calling the shot for left pocket or third button down on the shirt under stress.

  • Bodie

    Have not heard of her before. Will be checking out more of her videos….for education or whatever ; )

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    Someone needs to take remedial anatomy.