“They all fall to hard ball!”
“.45 puts em down everytime,”
“9mm is a .45 set on STUN.”
“If you can’t hit your target in 5 shots or less, then you shouldn’t have a gun.”
Go into a gun store or on an internet forum and you are bound to hear these tropes invoked at some point in time. Those statements are grounded in half-truths but do not consider every aspect of defensive handgun use.
Pistol bullets move relatively slowly compared to rifle bullets and this reduced speed means that the lethality of a pistol bullet comes from the weight and related mechanical disruption of tissue.
Felt recoil or “kick” is a function of bullet weight and is also impacted by the size of the gun
This means that the heavier the bullet weight, the more felt recoil there will be.
Smaller guns will also have more felt recoil since there is less gun to absorb the energy from firing the gun. This is part of why I do not recommend “pocket rockets” to beginners.
Felt recoil can impact your ability to hit what you are shooting at. The larger the cartridge, the more you may need to practice and acclimate yourself to disregard the felt recoil.
Capacity is critical when facing multiple bad guys or particularly determined/doped up bad guy
Smaller cartridges like 9mm and .40 Smith and Wesson offer you a higher capacity gun in a smaller package than a Sig 220 or a 1911 or a Glock 21.
You need to be able to place fast and accurate hits to effectively stop the threat.
Carry the largest caliber in the highest capacity in what you are most able to comfortably shoot.
- Gun Ownership, A Rationale, Part 6: Cartridges and Gun Choice (statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com)
- Springfield XD(M) .40S&W (nwtactical.wordpress.com)
- The Standard: The Glock 17 (statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com)
- Another Forty-Five Faceoff: Ruger SR45 vs. Glock 21 (thetruthaboutguns.com)