This is a discussion on Will a revolver cut it for self defense anymore??????? (scenarios) within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Spidey2011 It's not 9mm, but took a lot of rounds: http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...last-past.html Certainly something to think about. If I owned a jewelry store ...
Certainly it matters as to how many hits.
Lets assume for a minute there were no hits after 30 rounds.
Would you then suggest he carry 50 rounds or would you suggest that he practice a little?
As for it matters not how many hits....
Give us a few links to people who took 15 hits from a .45 colt or a .44 mag.
And a nicked finger is hardly a hit.
Sig Sauer: P938 9mm Smith and Wesson: Sigma SW9VE 9mm
"Not everyone has the luxury of a car or someone that can pick them up to and from.... maybe their place of work. Or some doesn't have the luxury of paying for the gas in their car."
Absolutely right. Besides its a public conveyance. Maybe if more decent folks rode the bus it would become safer and more civil. If all I were interested in was safety I would stay home all the time. There has to be a balance.
As an aside, its not who shoots first (our the biggest most powerful round) that counts, its the first decisive hit. That means training! I'd rather face an untrained kid with an AK than a Navy Seal with a pistol.
Also, the 7.62X39 mm cartridge is considered an intermediate, not high-powered cartridge.
I am planning on buying a .357 probably Ruger and can honestly say that if a group of "thugs" wants to make trouble, hitting one between the eyes with a hollow point will make the rest think twice about getting the same treatment.
Shot placement is key. My guess from my past life and experience is that this officer performed the minimum standard firearm training as subscribed by his department. Which 8 out of 10 times is punching paper in a weaver stance for a few hours a month ( in our case). If he had taken the initiative to enroll in force on force and combat pistol classes on his own time or on his departments time if authorized he may have been better prepared for this situation. I am not going to armchair qb this one, I am just going to say that magazine capacity is no replacement for training and preparedness. Most of the guys I worked with in the past, and work with now have never even seen an incident on duty let alone off duty. My stance is I want a lightweight concealable handgun and I am not going to compromise discreteness for capacity. If I need multiple magazines then I should have brought a rifle. In my 20+ years I have had one incident at work ( in which I fired <5 shots and was carrying a hicap) and one incident as a civilian ( in which I fired < 5 shots and was carrying a hicap) . I think that was above the norm and consider myself unlucky. A few of the guys I worked with had 20+ years in and never had to fire a shot in anger, as most people here. But you do what you gotta do. I still stand by the premise that a revolver is more than adequate for self defense and anyone that thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.
Ok soe joe ccw hero wanabee decides to draw his weapon and enter the fray and takes an 870 blast from a panicked employee.... real smart. That is some quick thinking there. better to take cover and get in defensive mode and not draw your weapon in front of a bunch of armed panicked employees who have no clue if you are friend or foe and do not have the "combat experience" to make that determination in a high stress situation. But you do what you gotta do.A concealed carry individual could have just as easily been shopping inside the store. The fact is that there are some that WILL NOT back down even when confronted with an armed citizen. Its life or death for them just like it is for us.
You need a luxury car to drive in the city? When I lived and worked in a city I usually just used my POV that I owned. I have NEVER taken a bus in my life. Walk, bike, or drive my car/motorcycle.Not everyone has the luxury of a car or someone that can pick them up to and from.... maybe their place of work. Or some doesn't have the luxury of paying for the gas in their car. All walks of life takes the bus. I remember when I had to take the bus (for the 1st time in my life) because my truck had broken down and I needed a ride home from the Sears auto shop.
Semantics. the 7.62X39 puts out over 2400fps.... if you want to argue what is high power and intermediate power than be my guest considering the 30.06 cartridge puts out only 500fps more in most cases. Bottom line is the 7.62X39 is much more effective than a handgun cartridge.Originally Posted by Hoganbeg
There's an old saying that goes something like this: "I use a handgun to get to my shotgun, and the shotgun to get to my rifle."
In a home defense situation, that seems practical. If the homeowner in the link in the OP had opened the door with a handgun in hand, he might have been able to delay further entry. Giving him time to get to a shotty and/or a long gun.
But, my first question is, WHY? WHY would you open a door to a knock, at 4:00 AM without some protection? Especially if you did not see anything looking through the peephole, or "looking outside" according to the report.
Since you don't see anyone, it does no harm to yell through the door, "Whaadayawant?" If you get the reply "I've been in an accident and need to use your phone." The answer is simple, yell back, "Help is on the way, I've already called 911, and they should be here soon." Then get to a phone, in the bedroom, arm yourself, actually make the call, and wait.
According to the police spokeswoman, in the link above, both of the Jetts went to the door. WHY? If I'm going to attend to a "bump in the night;" one that I have any inkling has any potential to be a real threat... especially after dark, I'm going armed, and my SO is armed in the bedroom.
That just makes sense to me.
As to "flash mob violence," gang muggings, gang assaults, gang rapes, etc. Carrying a long arm is not feasible. Having one in the car, not so much.
In a group assault; chances are, one individual is not the target of the action, and it is least likely that I am a target. I'm going for cover, escape and evasion, and I'm headed to my car.
If I were the target (again, least likely), I'm moving away from the threat, and distracting, as I'm able, and shooting at the leader.
It is my opinion, in groups, at the onset of violent action, there is a leader. If one is able to stop the leader early, there is a fair chance to turn the rest. However, once the melee has begun, there is no leader anymore, it's every man acting in unison as a swarm against the target(s).
Looking at the bus video, the two gunmen initially seem unsure and start to board the bus, get off and back on again... there is opportunity there. Their guns are drawn on entry. When they back off, shoot, do not waste bullets, aim to stop the threat. Scream at the driver to get outta here.
The above actions are what I feel to be my best hope in any of the situations listed above... They might work, they might not.
It could be worse!
I am giving my opinion based upon my life experiences and what I see every day. I feel in 99% of situations a revolver would be perfectly adequate. Now if I were going to go into the city where thug mob attacks are prevalent or there is heavy violence, I would "dress to the occasion" and probably upgrade from the .357 LCR and one speedloader or strip to my G29 10+1 with a 20rd backup mag in the pocket. However I would also take precautions for my own safety and that of my family, by staying aware, looking for constant exit routes ( kind of like when riding a motorcycle) and not putting myself in a situation where I am in a location where the threat of violence is imminent. Call me paranoid but I truly believe that not putting yourself in a bad situation is half the battle. I think people focus too much on capacity than on preparation, training, and situational awareness.
I agree with those that have said that if you shoot the "leader" or the one closest to you, the rest of the cockroaches are going to scatter.
I do wonder though about a situation like what just happened at the Wisconsin state fair where a mob of 75-100 were attacking people. If you got into that mess, and opened fire on the attackers, would the mob disperse, or would they just come at you harder. Even is you had a semi-auto with 2 spare 15 round mags you would be under armed.
I think though that if you managed to drop the first eight or ten that advance on you the rest would come around to the conclusion that you were not going to back down. Hopefully you could get to your car and get the heck out of there or get yourself into a building where you had some protection.
OK so I'm someone you would probably consider an animal. I think it's more likely that you would get animalistic behaviour if you treat, or refer to someone as an animal. I took public transportaion for most of my life. The bus, and the subway. Mostly I saw young people who gave up their seats for the elderly, strangers assisting people who had become ill, Men giving up their seats for women once in a while. Mostly people minding their own business trying to make a living and get from point "A" to point "B". While there is a criminal element 99% of people just want to go home. As was the case on this bus I'm sure.
Well, bottom line, I'd have to agree with AZCHEVY & say that most of the time a revolver would be entirely adequate.
As a clarification:
"Semantics. the 7.62X39 puts out over 2400fps.... if you want to argue what is high power and intermediate power than be my guest considering the 30.06 cartridge puts out only 500fps more in most cases. Bottom line is the 7.62X39 is much more effective than a handgun cartridge."
Agreed, we could argue semantics, but I will admit I was off point there. What I meant to point out was at this range all your really gaining is penetration; admittedly good to have but it looked to me that the BGs were mostly shooting out the windows which means ones pitiful pistol round would be adequate if placed on target.