Saturday, May 21, 2016

What caliber for...?

A look into my modest collection of self-defense tools kind of settles the issue as far as what I personally prefer for a self-defense pistol cartridge.
Top: West Hurley Thompson 1928
Middle row (l to r): Springfield Armory 1911A1, Colt 1911, Smith and Wesson M1917
Bottom (l to r): Sig P220, Glock Model 21, Smith and Wesson M&P 45

I've got a few other handguns in other calibers in the safes too, but heavy and slow works for me, it seems. Not knocking other choices, but I'll stick with the .45.

15 comments:

  1. .45 ACP gets my vote. It was good enough for Chesty Puller, it's good enough for me.

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  2. Slow and heavy still works. Just ask all the bugs smeared on your windshield.

    Still, you gotta hit them. A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .45

    My 2.5 cents.

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  3. I too prefer slow and heavy.

    Not for women, mind you, there I prefer fast, tight and slim.... a but for self defense ammunition, slow and heavy works...

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  4. Stopping power is no myth. It is just not a 100 percent thing.

    Overall they have found bigger bullets TEND to stop better, faster bullets TEND to stop better, bullets like JHPs TEND to stop better, and those shot in vital places TEND to be stopped better.

    None are 100 percent but you can put the odds in your favor by picking those that are bigger, faster, better designed, and.. you can control (that is shoot strait and fast with.)

    So the .45 is quite fine with me. I carry Glocks in 9mm (the 26 and 43) cause I can't control a .45 or .40, one handed, in that size and weight a package ONE HANDED. If I could though, I'd pack a Glock 36. since it's just a bit bigger.

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    1. "Overall they have found..."

      Oh really? Who are "they"? Cite this resource and this emperical evidence you're speaking definitively of. Thanks.

      Of the 5 "terrible gun myths" that must be stopped...they should have included the propagation of the myth that stopping power isn't a myth. Because, it is. Shot placement, people. Shot placement.

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    2. Do a but if Google on people like Massad Ayoob, or David Spauling. Might also look into Evan Marshal. Like I said, it isn't 100 percent but yes, some calibers to TEND to stop better than others.

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  5. 38 Super for the win!

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  6. More 9mm for me then. That works for me.

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  7. I love how every round of .45 ACP not only is a heavy hitter, but enlists the ghost of John Moses Browning to kill the soul of the intended target.

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  8. I'll take my 9mm Glock 19C. But any of those up there are going to do the trick with a lot of flare and fun. Is it OK to use the word fun in defense?

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  9. .45 works for me... I've got one or two of them too...

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    1. Didn't you get your first 1911 from John M. Browning personally? That's how I heard it anyway.

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  10. Use the 45 ACP because shooting them twice is wasteful.

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  11. Very nice collection of .45s!

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  12. Colt Commander, Remington and SIG 1911's, Ballester Molina 1911 sorta clone, SA XDS, S&W 25-2. If I could locate the AWOL Gold Cup I'd have you beat on handguns. But that Tommy gun - Drool.

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