This is a discussion on Two basic stopping power questions within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power This link takes you to one of the better stopping power articles I have ever read, and make ...
An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power This link takes you to one of the better stopping power articles I have ever read, and make it more than just a little clear that if you want to reliably stop someone shootings skills are the number 1 factor, and all carry hangun rounds have limitations. I expect to shoot about 50,000 times more target rounds than SD rounds over my lifetime, and hope to never shoot anyone in peacetime, but I will be prepared to defend myself, and my property. Pick the weapon you can conceal, control, and learn to shoot it very well, and use very good hollow point ammo. I have owned dozens of handguns, have four now, but spend more time practicing with my SD handgun, than with my more fun to shoot handguns. All shooting however tends to improve overall shooting skill, so have some fun too.
A hit to the central nervous system will drop him instantly (stop the attack) so shoot as fast as you can until you hit his central nervous system. Sufficient penetration is essential, as is low recoil to help you get back on target for follow-up shots. Meanwhile, you should "get off the X".
A miss is the same as over-penetration, None of us can promise that we will never miss, so consider your line of fire and assume your attacker will duck, weave, bob, or shift out of thr way causing you to miss some of your shots.
Consider the Law of Relative Harms.
Excellent queries, keep them coming.
"Your mind is the weapon, all the rest are just tools." --gasmitty
The shot placement argument makes me laugh. Find someone that remains super calm in a life and death situation & then we can talk about how amazing shot placement is.
Under combat stress a master marksman will be a good marksman, a good one will become mediocre, mediocre becomes poor, etc...
Saying that you would rather be hit in the toe with a 45 than a 22 in the eye... well duh... I would rather not be hit at all than have someone pop me with a pellet gun... Use the weapon with which you perform best.
I very strongly urge a service caliber (38+p or greater and 9mm+p or greater.) Granted, I daily conceal a S&W M&P40c and a S&W 360 357mag. I do this in business casual. I am 5' 10" and weight 210. IT is possible to conceal a service caliber. J-Frame revolvers can easily be pocket, belly band or ankle carried. So can several 9mm weapons and 40s. IT is not difficult to get a weapon of service caliber that is readily concealable on any body type. IF you are committed to your safety then you absolutely have the ability to dress around your weapon.
The FBI did a LOT of testing. They believe in a certain caliber or greater and I will take their advice to heart.
If you can not hit the target then it does not matter what caliber you have, true. Granted, I train to hit the target & even though under stress my abilities will definitely take a hit, I would rather have a 40 or a 357 land than a 380 any day. I want every advantage I can get. I do not want to have to wait for a threat to bleed out while they are still attacking me if at all possible. I want to stop the threat as quickly as possible.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
- Roy Batty
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