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If your hackles went up and you assumed a war footing when you read the title of this article, you’re not alone.
As a note, it’s been updated due to the FBI October 2014 caliber announcement.
The debate between projectile sizes has been raging since Cain was deciding on whether to use a small rock or a big rock to kill Able (if, in fact, he used a stone
Sometimes it matters, and sometimes it doesn’t, but in the instances where it matters, there aren’t any do-overs.
So, what’s the answer?
Former Force Recon Marine and creator of the 30-10 at-home pistol course, Chris Graham, shares a story in 30-10 from a US Navy SEAL friend of his, named “Monkey.”
Monkey was teaching a class of Federal Law Enforcement Agents who said that statistics prove out that the majority of people who are shot with a handgun (of ANY caliber) survive, but 100% of the people he had shot with a 9mm were dead.
This just illustrates the fact that the question of which caliber is best is usually the wrong question.
Your ability to quickly put high quality rounds on target has a much bigger impact on whether you are going to be able to stop a threat than the caliber of ammunition that you happen to be sending downrange.
And that’s exactly the conclusion that the FBI just came to. All pistol rounds suck, so go with the one that will allow you to practice the most and put the most accurate rounds on target in the shortest period of time.
There IS a place for the 9 vs. 45 stopping power debate, but for most people, it is an extremely low leverage part of the defensive shooting equation.
It’s only when you’ve maxed out your ability as a shooter that
caliber becomes an issue.