You can't rate any caliber in a situation like that ! The pistol wasn't held, it was in a hard case, and the kid got hit in the fattiest part of his body.
Plenty of criminals were gunned down by a 45 acp and it only took one shot in most cases. That kid is just lucky ! A well placed shot with a 32 or 45 is going to have the same result, death !
I feel like this point doesn't need to be made by "The Truth About Guns". Being shot in the gut by any caliber is rarely fatal (with prompt medical attention), unless an artery is hit. No caliber is Zeus' Lighting Bolt, any caliber will do the job quickly if you hit someone in their cns, and/or anywhere that large amounts of blood passes through. Larger calibers or effective HP's simply give you a better chance of doing that, end of story.
2. The "hard case" is likely the same case the gun came in, so it was likely nothing more than thin plastic. Besides, most bullets usually affected by plastic "barriers."
3. The kid did get hit in the fattiest part of his body, but the bullet still only penetrated six inches or so.
What did I get from this?
Silvertips still suck, stick with the heavier .45 ACP loads unless it's the 185 gr. +P COR-BON DPX, and don't aim for the "meaty" parts on the body.
So much for the inherent safety of a 1911.
Father claims that he manually ‘decocked’ the pistol (on a live round) prior to putting it away.
Don't believe a word of it. I'll bet the idiot father was holding it in his hand when he "manually decocked" the pistol. The only way you can do this with a 1911 is to pull the trigger whole lowering the hammer - can you say "the hammer slipped from under his thumb?"Quote:
He further claims that when he closed and case, the pistol discharged while still inside.
If you want an effective gun, at minimum carry a 12 GA shotgun loaded with 2 3/4 inch #1 buckshot or a 5.56mm rifle.
Anything you use in the service caliber range is carried because it is convenient, not effective.
2. Sorry, I wasn't aware that 2 mm of regular plastic affected bullets more than steel car doors and laminated auto glass. And if the gun was in a case, it was somewhat supported.
3. I don't need to be in the O.R. to know how much fat needs to be penetrated to reach an organ on an overweight kid. Had the bullet penetrated more than six or seven inches and penetrated an organ, he wouldn't have just been sitting around like nothing happened. That much I know for sure.
"… Father claims that he manually ‘decocked’ the pistol (on a live round) prior to putting it away. He further claims that when he closed and case, the pistol discharged while still inside…", I do not believe it at all.
Check this video:
Mythbusters - Bullets exploding inside an oven - YouTube
Go to 1:20 - Bullets and Guns: Amazing Slow Motion Video - YouTube
2. Pelican cases made for laptops are aluminum, but that's pretty much it. The medium sized Pelican cases with the foam in them that people such as myself use for travel are made out of plastic. This is the exact Pelican case I and many others use to travel with firearms: Pelican*Products*1470*Case
3. 1/3 of American children are overweight, and 1/5 are obese. You've never met one?
Robert Farago is a thief, a liar and a troll feeder. He has been called on his B.S. quite a few times. I am surprised that people actually still read his blog. Sorry don't mean to sound so crass, but the truth hurts. I lost complete respect for him when he stated having anti-gun blogger Mikeb302000 write for him. There are a plethora of great progun blogs and podcasts out there which are much more informative than TTAG.