Wednesday, June 20, 2012

9mm vs .45ACP (357 Magnum FTW)

The caliber debate will rage on and on for perpetuity among interweb commandos. I really don't have any emotional attachment to any particular caliber. I have a 1911 in .45, my carry guns are .357 Magnum, 9x19mm, and 9mm Makarov. I happen to know from a number of ballistics gel tests, numbers crunching, and hunting experience that shot placement and penetration are more important than anything else. Period. Ballistics gel and kinetic energy numbers give us quantifiable things to work with in our arguments, but neither tells the whole story. And though anecdotes help form our opinions, we had a saying in the sociology department "anecdotal evidence is not evidence".

And now that I have said over and over that I don't read too much into gel tests, here are some awesome slo-mo gel tests from BrassFetcher. Enjoy!

And finally a hat tip to TheYankeeMarshall who explains better than I can why caliber is fairly irrelevant to concealed carry.


James said...

357 FTW?

Haven't you heard of 44 Magnum?

What's the saying... never carry a caliber for self defense that doesn't start with "4".

You're doing it wrong. :)

The Flatland Gun Nut said...

I've never seen a .44 that I could conceal. TheYankeeMarshal has one that he carries, but he is slightly fatter than me. One day, when I'm also fat, I might try to carry a .44.

Stay tuned for me ragging on the 10mm. Not sure when I'm going to do it, but I'm working on it.

James said...

One more thing. Remember that 21 foot rule? Let's apply that to reloading.