In the Gravest Extreme
I have finally obtained a copy of your book, In the Gravest Extreme, from our local library and am gaining a lot of insight from it. Early on, in discussing calibers for urban situations, you said:
“… the .38 Super Automatic and the 9 m/m cartridge used in the popular Luger and Walther P-38, share this dangerously excessive penetrating power.
“Conversely, .25 and .32 caliber guns are not potent enough to instantly neutralize a violent opponent, unless the bullets are placed with surgical precision. The only small-caliber handgun worth thinking about at all is a high quality .22 firing the long rifle hollowpoint cartridge, for two reasons: mild report and absence of recoil make it relatively easy for the novice to shoot with speed and accuracy, and the extremely low cost of ammunition encourages skill-building practice. There is an axiom to the effect that a hit with a .22 is preferable to a miss with a .45. Still the .38 Special revolver or .380 automatic should be considered the best compromise of power and controllability.”
Granted you published this 32 years ago, and bullet technology has changed pretty dramatically since then.
How much would you amend that statement today?
Irresponsible use of alcohol kills many times those killed by guns. And look what happened to PROHIBITION 100 years ago!