A Few Thoughts Regarding Handguns
As some of you may or may not know, I am a serious *gun person*, I have been for nearly my entire life. I am often asked about what gun and caliber combination is the best for this, that or the other application and I am more likely than not to tell the person asking that question that I don’t have a clue, you see, guns are a personal matter, and the caliber of your gun(s) is an even more personal matter.
So, here are some things I am compelled to say regarding those questions I am asked about guns, calibers, shot placement, gun fighting and the people that participate in these activities.
1. What’s the best gun for self-defense?
Damn if I know, and I won’t even try to get that can of worms opened. This is one of those *personal issues* and one than nearly everyone has a different opinion of. For me, it’s what I happen to have on my belt, in my waistband or in my hand at the moment and it will most likely be a Springfield XD .40 or .45, that is MY preference.
Anyone that tries to tell you that *THIS – insert name of gun here* is the perfect gun for whatever it is they are trying to BS you about is just that, FULL of BS.
2. What’s the best caliber to use to stop a man *dead in his tracks*?
Again, damn if I know, that’s another one of those *personal issues* and a can of worms that doesn’t need to be opened. I will say this, ANY bullet can kill you, of that there is NO doubt, but this magical *Man stopper*, one that kills on contact, with one shot, has yet to be found.
3. Shot Placement — Which brings me to the real reason I am writing this piece.
Recently we have had a few so-called, self-described *gun hands* come visit us at the United States Gun Owners Association and try to tell us all about the importance of shot placement and how WITH proper shot placement even a .22 is a very deadly weapon, and while that IS true, to a point, it is NOT a practicality in a real world, up close and personal gun fight.
Yes indeed, a .22 will kill you graveyard dead if it hits the right vital organs, or if it hits them often enough, as will a .25 or a .32 caliber handgun, but to do this impeccable and proper shot placement these know-it-all *gun-hands* want to preach about, your target needs to remain pretty much motionless while not presenting much of a threat to you or others and there’s where the sand gets into the lube jar.
If your target is a piece of paper, one that isn’t capable of shooting back, it might be possible to stack enough .22, .25 or .32 rounds into the *10 Ring* to actually stop a *supposed* living target, forgive the pun, DEAD in his tracks.
In the REAL WORLD it just doesn’t happen that way.
You see, it the real world your target will be another human being, one that is armed, likely moving erratically, on an adrenalin high from HELL and shooting at YOU which means that you too will most likely be moving erratically, on an adrenalin high from HELL and shooting back, none of which is conducive to top shelf marksmanship.
If he’s not shooting at you, or threatening life in some other acceptable fashion, your perfect shot placement can very well get you a long vacation in a state penitentiary. Not a good place to vacation so I am told.
There is more wrong with the theories offered by *gun range paper punching gun fighters* than just that.
With the lesser powered cartridges, even if you CAN make that wonderful shot placement dream a reality, the caliber most often referenced and used by most of these idiots when referring to *shot placement* being the magic cure is the lowly .22 as the tool, but they never mention, or maybe they don’t know or understand, a decent heavy leather jacket will stop the lowly .22, as well as a .25 or .32 from making contact with flesh.
In other words, *nice coat shot*.
If a subject happens to be wearing a ballistic vest you can put 10 rounds dead center and he is going to look at you and laugh. So much for the idea of the magic .22, .25 or .32 instant kill shot and shot placement.
So, let’s look at the bottom line of guns, shot placement and caliber.
The larger the caliber, the heavier the round, the faster the round, the more kinetic energy generated BY that round, the more effective and deadly that round will be against a human being, but regardless the round, even the venerable .45acp MAY not kill a drugged up meth head or *duster* right away, at least not in theory.
Said meth head or PCP user may truly be DEAD but it hasn’t hit their wasted mind yet and it won’t until they bleed out and fall, regardless the round, but the one thing larger and more powerful rounds have in their favor, especially a .45 has going for it is this; it may not immediately kill the person you shoot, hell, it may not kill them at all, but in 99% of ALL shootings with a .45acp, a 230gr +P Tactical Hollow Point .45, the person getting shot is not going to be standing on their feet. Even if they are wearing a vest, they will be hit SO hard that they WILL be on the ground and THAT is the whole intent, remove the threat; take them OUT of the fight and into custody.
One other point that must be made regarding smaller caliber guns and shot placement; those smaller rounds don’t cause nearly as much physical damage to the person that was shot, regardless of where they are hit. Larger caliber hollow point rounds cause much more damage to tissue, bones and organs, thus promoting a more significant wound, one that will cause the person shot to bleed out quite rapidly, again, removing them as a threat and taking them OUT of the fight.
This is not a *pretty* post, it is graphic but it’s straight up honest. Remember this; if you are ever forced to shoot an attacker, shoot until the threat has been removed; just make certain you’re shooting a round that can effectively remove the threat.