Sunday, November 18, 2012
Gun Myth: "The *Insert Calibre* is the only legitimate calibre to use."
Now be warned this article may read a little preachy however that is not my intention. I am simply sharing my opinion.
One thing I notice a lot when we get to talking about firearms especially in relation to defensive use is people getting uppity about a particular calibre or claiming if you want a defensive firearm it cant be anything smaller then the X cartridge. Some of these guys are simply on a ego trip and some of these guys are of that old school attitude who feel that the only thing a man needs to fight of any threat is a non filter lucky strike and an M1 Garand. Personally I cannot hate the old school man but what I can hate is foolish pride getting in the way of people arming themselves with kit that they are able to use.
This can be between personal conversations with people on ranges or even in the online gun community. It is kind of the same phenomena as people bashing a particular brand of firearm under the belief that the firearm is totally worthless and not as good as their gun.
Now some calibres are superior to others and 17+1 rounds in a Glock 17 is better then 5 shots in a snub nosed revolver and yes some bullets are faster, some are slower some hit harder because of weight or some break up and do "more damage" (See my previous post on Hollow Point Ammunition) It is all.. kind of old actually. Lets first off just touch on the fact that some people cant shoot a 10mm. Some cant shoot a 40 S&W to those people I prescribe that they try something smaller and some will say "Well if they cant handle a .40 they need to deal with it. More cops use .40 then any other round on the market" Really? deal with it? why not instead find them a round and a pistol that they can run like a champ and effectively hit their targets? 4 out of 4 hits with a 9mm is better then 2 hits out of 4 from a .45 any day of the week.
Also while the .40 is an effective round the adoption and development of the .40 S&W was a very political move not so much a matter of ballistics.
If you're older or feeble and cant even run a 9mm. Get a .380 or just ANYTHING that you can use effectively. Like I said in my very first post fighting is a mental exercise before anything. It starts in the mind before anything else and you need to take your ego out of the equation.It is the fighting mindset that will carry you to safety not some fancy gizmo or a magic bullet.
Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch one of my all time favourite tactical trainers constantly argues that the gun that is with you is better then the gun that's at home in the safe and for that reason I would prescribe to you that you get a pistol, that uses ammo that you can shoot, ammo you can afford and ammo you can acquire easily. To some people that may only be a .380 or .22 (depending on your abilities or your countries laws like Mexico for example where you can only own a pistol of .380 or lower)
If that is all you can own legally why not carry it? Now according to some people to carry such a gun would be a waste of time as the rounds would simply bounce off of your opponent like superman and fall at their feet. Let me be clear that while I am not a doctor or a para medic I am confident enough in my knowledge of anatomy of ballistics that I will say right here that ANY round of any calibre that is fired into the throat or neck area is not going to be a pretty sight for the person who was hit.