This is a discussion on Does 9mm have enough stopping power? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Yes....
"He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." - Leonardo da Vinci
When properly placed between the eyes, almost any caliber is sufficient. Most times you don't even have to pull the trigger.
Retired USAF E-8. Avatar is OldVet from days long gone - 1979. Oh, to be young again...
Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield
Sure, I shot a rnd today and it got through an inch and a half of paper.
as long as your shots are well placed the 9mm will be effective, a .45 will do the job better but a 9mm is fine, I own both and a .40 as well and my current EDC is a 9mm
once read a post from a Navy Seal on this very subject and his reply...."Talk to me about stopping power after i put 2 in your chest and 1 in your head".......good enough for me.....
NICELY SAID GENTLEMEN......a .380 is enough and a 9mm is Just right i have yet seen a person or gelatin block attack me but when they do we will find out
I have yet to be attacked by a block of ballistic gelatin but.........
I have seen 9mm FMJ's effectively used in country. .45 may have better stopping power, but you can carry more 9mm. That's the real dilemma.
I like the notion of the heavier 147 grain bullets in the 9mm. Makes the cartridge resemble a semi-auto shooting good .38 Special +P 158 grain loads.
“No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.”
Theodore Roosevelt, The Wilderness Hunter, 1893
"Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer".
"A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves".
As I have never shot anyone with my 9mm ( or my 40, or my 357 SIG, or my 45......), I don't know with absolute certainty that ANY of them "have enough stopping power". But I trust them all, no one more than another. As a PH in Africa is quoted as saying, "No caliber ever killed anything. It always seems to be the bullet and where it went that does the job."
I would wager that loooooong ago, when Al Gore first invented the internet, The first thing typed on the screen began with "Is 9mm..........?" Will this issue ever be resolved?
Of course it's enough, but preferably in it's heaviest loading. There are more effective calibers, but... it's easy to have on your person at any given time.
Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.