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HEAVY HITTERS

THESE HEFTY BULLETS CARRY A LOT OF WEIGHT FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE
This shooter’s good grip and stance can contribute to reliability. The author believes heavy bullets also tend to be the most reliable.

There is only one reason to ire at another human being. That is to stop a threat. The threat must be so great that the only means of stopping violent action is to ire. It must not matter morally or legally if the individual dies as a result of being shot. This is serious business that demands care in choosing the handgun and its ammunition.

It may be debated which is the more important. The handgun is simply a projectile launcher in some ways, but in other ways it is important to choose a proper handgun. Ammunition selection is also important. Although caliber selection is downplayed by some—erroneously, I believe—with good shot placement calibers beginning with the 9mm and .38 Special may be effective.

Historically, larger calibers are more effective than small calibers. Many of these large bore handguns also use heavier bullets. I believe that in most cases the heavy-for-the-caliber bullet is a good choice. While lighter bullets may be driven at a higher velocity this isn’t always desirable. Energy favors velocity but momentum favors weight.

WOUND POTENTIAL

The single most important function of wound potential is shot placement. When an expanded .45 enters the arterial region, all events are canceled. Next comes penetration. Given adequate penetration and a blunt nose that causes damage to tissue and blood loss, many calibers and ammunition combinations have the potential to perform in a similar manner. The desired result is a shutdown of the threat as quickly as possible.

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