The notion of the Pelvic Shot came from the Internal Affairs world of LE where many gauge the avoidance of wrongful death lawsuits against the agency of greater import than lives of LE Officers they employ.
The use of the Pelvic Girdle as a primary target, in lieu of a head shot, with the intent to immediately stop and adversary, is a flawed tactic and I am surprised some continue to suggest it in the context that they do.
Insofar as the Pelvic Girdle Shots go, it does not take a degree in medicine to realize that the pelvic bone is not connected to the hands, nor the brain, and that a pelvic shot – even if successful – will not stop a terrorist from continuing to fire, or setting off an explosive.
I saw an officer take a close range shot right to the pelvic and break it and yet was ambulatory and still in the fight for close to ten minutes before he realized he was injured.
Medical explanation: The pelvis is a ring structure. It is exceedingly strong and people with broken pelvises in car accidents have in fact been ambulatory immediately afterwards.
In order to break and destabilize the pelvis, it must be broken in two places. Those places are near where the two pockets would be in a man wearing Levis.
They are far smaller than the area suggested for a brain shot. So a proponent of the pelvic shot wants you to hit not one, but two targets that are smaller and harder to hit than the head shot’s highest value area…and two targets that will prevent neither return gunfire nor explosives detonation.
Stupid idea, do not take such advice.