If anyone was in question over how I felt about caliber, "stopping power" and associated topics pretty much had their questions answered when I wrote about it last month for Breach Bang Clear. In May of this year the FBI circulated a memo that eventually made its way to the internet and I have had people tagging me in posts about it on Facebook ever since. The FBI is looking to go to 9mm. If this is the first time you are hearing this and you need a minute to clam down, please take it now.
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Obviously 1989 was a while back and if you are my age or younger, you probably missed the report coming out because the internet wasn't really a thing and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was on. I first came across the report in 2002, which is also a life time ago in internet argument years. It might as well be the beginning of time because memes hadn't been invented then that could be used to underscore your point or attack someone elses. How did we ever debate anything back then?
So in 1989 and again in 2014 the FBI said the same thing. Why should we listen to the FBI when Deerhunter1980, 1911guy, ISIShunter22 or Beantownbadass "know" a guy, who statistically is a SEAL, who shot (x) number of people with the .45 (or .40) and his opinion is that the 9mm isn't good enough to blow out backs?
Well, all due respect to the gun store counter (both sides of it), the FBI has people employed full time to research ballistic performance. It is literally their thing. We cant have scientific controls in place on a gun fight, but we can best examine the performance of the bullet. This isnt good enough since anyone with patience and/or a debit card can order Ballistic gel on the internet, we have plenty of disputed performance claims for each round because, well because we are curious by nature and some may even have their SEAL buddies reputation at stake. Personal research is awesome. Making the research fit your opinion instead of the research helping form your opinion is ridiculous. Thank god the same approach isn't taken to brain surgery or gravity.
My point here isn't to rehash my position since I pretty exhaustively covered that already, rather I would like to think that those who want to espouse the holy properties of the .45 over everything else or swear their undying allegiance to the .40, .380. .357 SIG (or original .357 you unwashed heathens) do so with a stiff shot of education. Sometimes it tastes bad going down but its far better than unqualified advice. I am wary of gun store gospel for the same reason I dont take fitness advice from a random guy in the gym. hes in the right place to know what hes talking about, he may even look like he knows what hes talking about but that doesn't mean his advice is not going to lead to a violation of common sense.
Since for some owning a gun is almost the same as being an expert in all things gun (it is, right?) and the same may have a very emotional investment in all their choices, this argument/debate is going to rage until we are arguing whether or not the 40 Watt plasma rifle is a good choice for home defense over the EM-1 Rail gun. Arnold preferred both so im waiting on the FBI to release some impartial research on their performance.
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