Hollow Points for Safety or Extreme Damage

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    Hollow Points for Safety or Extreme Damage

    Why do most of you keep hollow points in your gun?

    We had a murder case locally ( a teenage girl no less ), and the prosecuter kept stressing that the shooter loaded her gun with hollow point bullets to inflict as much damage as possible.

    I use them mostly to control how far the bullet will travel after it hits something, like not going through walls.
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    Dumb prosecutor, bad (unethical?) practice. Any defense attorney worth his salt can shoot that argument down in a second, but it stinks that some prosecutors are still trotting out that BS.

    We use controlled expansion ammunition because it is, by and large, the most effective, high quality ammunition out there - the same reason every single police agency that I can think of uses it.
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    Harold Fish in Arizona went to prison, partially for exactly that unrefuted bafflegab by the State Perecutor.

    TV reporter was questioning the jurors and that was a major point in their thinking.

    Nevertheless, a COMPETENT defense attorney should be able to dispatch such deceipt. (one would hope!)


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    "the prosecuter kept stressing that the shooter loaded her gun with hollow point bullets to inflict as much damage as possible."

    Well, the whole point IS to inflict as much damage as possible to immediately STOP a grave threat of severe injury or death.

    The perp's departure is an unfortunate by-product.

    I would like to think that if the "shoot" was lawful in the first place, these issues wouldn't come up. But, I know that is a naive view of the world.

    Quite a few participants here think in 380, ball ammo works better than hollow point. Since my favorite carry gun is a 380, cases like this could influence my choice in 380 carry ammo.
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    Do you know any other facts of this case?

    Maybe the prosecutor decided "I'm not going to tell that girl's parents that her killer walked free if I can help it..."

    He/she may have known dam well what JHP were for, but he used the tools available to win a case.

    I'd expect you would want the prosecutor to fight for the victim...or am I mistaken?

    Yes, it can be torn apart by a competent defense attorney...provided the defense attorney is familiar with firearms or can be show the proper information.

    Still, its an effective tactic. Not always a winner, but effective none-the-less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hivoltage View Post
    Why do most of you keep hollow points in your gun?
    I absolutely compare features. The pros/cons of a hollow-point bullet design is far better suited for an urban environment, all things considered.

    In a lethal contest over my life, I'm going to be defending it as aggressively as I know how, until the threat is eliminated. That means, primarily: not wasting the bullet's energy by zipping through the attacker and striking the proverbial 3yr old child three walls away from my living room. I, and my community, would far rather that bullet stop inside the violent attacker who is attempting to murder me, doing the job it's supposed to do. I want the violence ended now. I want no bystanders injured. It's the whole point of using an effective bullet, in such a situation. But, to claim that using such a tool constitutes, in and of itself, murder? Ludicrous.
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    Good attorney: "I'd like to call ____ (name of local law enforcement firearms trainer) to the stand."

    "Sir, are you familiar with ____ (insert name of local police department)?"

    "Can you tell me about the ammunition issued in that department?"

    "I see. So they are using hollowpoints, just as my client did when she defended her life. Interesting."

    "Moving on, I'm wondering about the hollowpoints used by the ____ police department. As the firearms trainer, can you tell me some of the reasons a police department might choose to issue hollowpoint bullets rather than traditional round-nose bullets?"

    "I see. Based on your expertise, you believe that hollowpoints provide better safety for innocent bystanders and a lower number of overall shots fired per incident. Thank you for your time."


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    It is not the ammo but the sitatuion in which it is used that is different...

    If hollow points are used in a crime, then I think it should be argued that they do inflict more damage than ball ammo. It is why Declaration III of the Hague Convention of 1899 prohibits its use in warfare, and why most militaries (including the US) won't use it.

    However, in a self-defense situation I do not think it should be a consideration, as the shooter does not set the events in motion but is reacting to them. It is no different than arguing that using a .45 is more damaging as it is a larger round. It doesn't matter if I shoot someone with a .25, a 7.62x39 or a shotgun slug, if you are defending yourself, your family and/or your property you should have the right to use every means possible to do so!

    Bottom line, I don't let the fear of possible litigation determine what kind of SD ammo I use. I'll address that if and when the time comes, and at least I will be around to address it!

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    I don't know of any bullets that do 'minor' damage, or 'some' damage. The simple fact of a piece of metal entering your body at 1000+ fps is 'extreme' damage, regardless of how the bullet is shaped.
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    I use a mix of Black Talon, Starfire and Hydrashock, interprersed in each mag. Th only time that I use ball ammo is at the range or driving through California, (with my pistol properly disabled to do me no good).

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    Quote Originally Posted by armado View Post
    I use a mix of Black Talon, Starfire and Hydrashock, interprersed in each mag. Th only time that I use ball ammo is at the range or driving through California, (with my pistol properly disabled to do me no good).


    Doesn't that give you inconsistent recoil, points of aim and function?

    Why not just go to one kind of JHP?

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    1. JHPs are less likely to penetrate all the way through the target, hence less likelihood of a shoot-through hitting an unintended target.

    2. JHPs are less likely to ricochet, hence less likely to hit an unintended target.

    3. JHPs are likely to stop an attacker with fewer hits, hence fewer holes in the target, hence the target is more likely to reach medical care and survive before he bleeds out.

    Conclusion, JHPs are safer for everybody involved in a shooting---the shooter is likely to neutralize a threat more quickly, bystanders are less likely to be hit by accident, and the BG is more likely to survive his wounds.

    (This line of argument brought to you by Mas Ayoob's LFI-1 course.)
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    There are a lot of problems with the Prosecutors position. He/she has established precedent that may come back to bite the local law enforcement agencies in any law suites araise out of an officer involved shooting.

    It is not uncommon for an attorney to become so focused on the case at hand they ignor the long time term effects their arguements may have.

    Clearly this prosecutor has a prejudice against guns to begin with. Why else would they resort to demonizing the gun and ammunition. The problem was the shooter as always. But heck, why not play into some of the jury memembers beliefs that all guns and ammunition are possessed by some demonic spirit?

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    My official answer to any DA is this:

    I use JHP ammunition from a high quality manufacturer that was recommended by Law enforcement as some of thir duty load ammo.

    My answer to you:

    Yes, I carry them because i want to safely inflict as much damage as possible on my intended target.
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    I carry hollowpoints because all the cool guys are doing it. I do it because my wife thinks they look pretty when they're expanded. Like a flower. I do it because they use flash suppressing powders, have better quality control, and are more accurate than ball ammo. Also, because they are designed for self defense - which is what I use them for.


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