Originally Posted By TurboVolute:
Let me clarify. I do not believe the finger should ever be on the trigger if the gun is not on target. I am thinking of the limited circumstance, such as a stranger in your house, or some law enforcement situations (which don't apply to me), where you may want to present a weapon before you are certain that shooting is necessary.
Outside of the home, in most cases, my understanding is this: the gun only comes out when the decision has been made to shoot. Then of course the finger is moved to the trigger as the gun is put on target.
But let's go back to the home-invasion/stranger-in-the-house. With MO's castle doctrine I could just open fire and be safe from prosecution. That doesn't mean that that would be my automatic response, but I would likely want to use the luxury of escalating force (presenting a weapon) to have the advantage over the mysterious trespasser. Maybe I didn't even draw from concealment. Maybe I brought a rifle out of the bedroom with me.
Maybe I should have asked a different question. In such a situation, should the presented weapon be off target or on target? There are many variables, but I'm talking about the situation where you haven't determined lethal force is the best thing YET, but it could change any second.
LEOs, in the situations where you draw on a subject as a precaution, is the gun on target or off target and where is your finger? I have always assumed the gun is on target, but I was wondering about the finger.
Just rack the slide