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Caliber vs. Shot Placement

9mm versus .45 ACPAh, the age old debate. The caliber war. The topic that will drum up page upon page of theory, debate, and “research” on any firearm forum. Which caliber is best? Why is .45 the “man stopper” and 9mm only punches tiny holes? If we spent enough time at the range improving our shooting abilities as we did discussing the perfect caliber we could all be near expert marksmen!

Short rant aside, lets dive into this topic in a constructive way. It seems to be general consensus that 9mm and larger is the most respectable self-defense cartridge, although “any gun will do, if you will do” as they teach at Front Sight. A .45ACP round to the leg will not be as effective as a .22LR between the eyes.

Let us look at this example. In 2008 a solo SWAT officer was involved in a shootout with a bank robber. The law enforcement officer engaged the felon 17 times with a .45ACP before he neutralized the threat. He was on his last magazine in his Glock 21 and had 3 rounds left when the fight ended. The final shot that ended the fight was in the head. When paramedics arrived the adversary was still showing signs of life.

This officer now carries a Glock 17 with 4 spare magazines and 2 spare 33rnd magazines in addition to his Glock 26 backup. He says he’s not paranoid, but “prepared.” Now we are not here to say that this is the say-all-end all anecdotal story. The importance of this article and event is that shot placement trumps caliber. That is not to say that we should all abandon larger calibers for a 9mm. No. The fact is, placement is most important regardless of caliber.

This SWAT officer has decided it is right for him to carry more “opportunities” i.e. bullets, than have larger bullets. It is clear that scenarios that law enforcement face are likely very different than civilians, so we need not get into the capacity debate next. Let’s stick to one debate for now.

The take-away from here is this: carry the caliber that you shoot most effectively, accurately, and quickly. If that is your 1911 – keep carrying it. If that is your Glock 19, so be it. It doesn’t matter if your 10mm is a “hand cannon” if you can’t place your shots. . Select the caliber/gun combination that you can train with frequently and become proficient and accurate using it. Regardless of caliber, shot placement is king. Check out our other blog on the importance of accuracy for further reading. And for more information on the SWAT officer’s shooting read this article: http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2012/02/shots-fired-skokie-illinois-08-25-2008.aspx

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