FMJ for Self Defense?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Glock19Fan, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. If you don't hit a vital organ or structure, you will not stop a fight. Simple as that. I don't care if it's with a .45 ACP that expanded to 3 FEET, if you miss vitals, you aren't winning. Handguns (9mm, .40, .45) don't do a thing but poke holes, JHP or not, and a .357" hole in the Aorta is just as effective as a .45" hole. I would prefer to use something designed to penetrate, and get to what it needs to put a hole in, than use something designed to STOP MOVING inside the body. So if I didn't have to worry about every round going passing through a bad guy, and potentially wounding someone innocent, I would carry FMJ and be just as content, if not more.

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    #101 Inebriated, Oct 24, 2012
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  2. RichardB

    Silver Member

    I don't know that the big hole, small hole theory has much to do with reality.

    Marshal & Sanow developed data which depicts 9mm FMJ and 45ACP FMJ as roughly comparable in stopping power (I don't sweat the small % of difference). Their numbers shattered the balloons of others and the war was on.

    Decades later another cop, Greg Ellifritz, has published his own numbers, using different criteria and he also finds the 45 and 9mm Parabellum are not that far apart. Ellifritz's bottom line is: For serious fighting use a rifle or shotgun.

    Excerpts of Ellifritz's paper.

    9mm Luger
    # of people shot - 456
    # of hits - 1121
    % of hits that were fatal - 24%
    Average number of rounds until incapacitation - 2.45
    % of people who were not incapacitated - 13%
    One-shot-stop % - 34%
    Accuracy (head and torso hits) - 74%
    % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) - 47%

    45 ACP
    # of people shot - 209
    # of hits - 436
    % of hits that were fatal - 29%
    Average number of rounds until incapacitation - 2.08
    % of people who were not incapacitated - 14%
    One-shot-stop % - 39%
    Accuracy (head and torso hits) - 85%
    % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) - 51%

    Based on this study one should be prepared to need more than one round to neutralize a serious threat.

  3. Use FMJ only if that's all your gun will feed. Otherwise use of HP is prudent. Gabrielle Gifford was shot in the head with a 9mm FMJ, and shes recovering.

    Can't get much better shot placement than that.

    Had the bullet been HP instead of FMJ, no way she'd have recovered.

    Also, anyone care to speculate on her chances had she been shot in the head with .45 ACP FMJ, instead of 9mm FMJ??
  4. M 7

    M 7

    I am not sure that any valid conclusion(s) can be drawn from the Marshall and Sanow data due to the fact that the data appears to have been intentionally manipulated.

    The statistical analysis (in the link above) is pretty damning unless one is willing to believe that a one in three trillion chance is a good bet. :winkie:

    While the study done by Ellifritz seems to be seriously flawed, it appears for the time being, that his data was not manipulated. It would've been nice to see a more detailed break-down of his data like the brand, type (JHP or FMJ) and weight of the ammo involved, separate categories for "head" and "torso" shots, etc.

    Some of his conclusions are a little goofy, but to his credit he seems to have offered an honest attempt at analyzing the data he collected.
    #104 M 7, Oct 24, 2012
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  5. That is pure hyperbole & conjecture based upon opinions of those whose theory the data didn't support, i.e., the Facklerites. Those who were in the know during that time confirmed what was revealed in the data: that the .357 Mag. & the 9mm 115 gr. +p+ JHP were deadly. Ask anyone who was on the Border Patrol in the 80's or the IL State Police as well.
  6. M 7

    M 7

    Lighten up, dude. :winkie:

    If you'll take the time to read the linked material you'll see that there is no hyperbole or conjecture-

    the statistical analysis is well done and the results are clearly documented for all to see, or at least, for those who will see.

    Just 'cause you don't like it doesn't mean that it is not a valid analysis. The M&S stuff has HUGE issues, unless of course a 1 chance in 3 trillion plus of being legitimate is a good thing. :dunno:

    See, I got no skin in the game, so I don't care. "Light & fast", "slow & heavy", or somewhere "in between"- it's all good.
    #106 M 7, Oct 24, 2012
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  7. FMJ .45 ACP, like 9mm FMJ, has a long track record against human adversaries. While I haven't heard much about 9mm FMJ, .45 FMJ has a very good track record, so much so that some people prefer them to JHC as the FMJs are probably the best feeding .45s extant.
  8. Perhaps you just "discovered" this revolutionary info you keep quoting, however this has been beat to death a million times here & on other websites. ANCIENT NEWS!!

    Marshall never "doctored" his stats. It's just that his stats didn't jive with what the FBI was pushing at the time.
  9. Glock19Fan

    Glock19Fan Cool Guy

    From what I recall, the same surgeon that operated on her also saved the life of a patient shot in the head with a 7.62x39 AK round.
  10. shotgunred

    shotgunred reloading nut

    All the major military's in the world use plain old fmj. I am sure that fmj's have killed more people in the world than all other ammo combined.
  11. M 7

    M 7

    OK, so it is "old news". :dunno:

    It is still valid.

    For Pete's sake, the analysis uses simple statistical procedures that a high school student could conduct with ease. :animlol:

    As for your opinion-

    -what proof have you to support your opinion? :headscratch:

    Have you conducted an examination of the statistical analysis (linked above) for errors? :dunno:

    Despite your opinion, the statistical analysis demonstrates otherwise.
    #111 M 7, Oct 24, 2012
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    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy


    Nope! Your not the only one....Never been a 45 guy....

    There is a G20SF near by for heavy no need for the 45.
  13. International treaties determine what ammo is legally acceptable for armed conflict between sovereign states. The issue here is what is the best self-defense ammunition. LEO agencies and all reputable experts apparently agree that reliable JHP ammo is more efficient than FMJ, not that FMJ ammo isn't effective. It's just that JHP is more efficient and effective, all things being equal.
  14. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    .45 expanding to 3 FEET. Now that is an odd thought. But you're right though. Vital organs or nerves have to be lacerated or punctured. That is why I would aim for the central nerve/spine.
  15. 3 Feet might be a tad ambitious. lol

    But yeah, a hit's a hit, a miss is a miss. Instead of getting wrapped up in bullet type, velocity, ME, weight... worry about hitting.
  16. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    BUT, it is a funny thought. :supergrin:
  17. Have you seen that Grizzly Extreme stuff? They're trying their damnedest to make it a reality.

  18. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    is one BIG hollow point! :cool::cool::cool:
  19. I'm still trying to figure out what that could possibly be ideal for...
  20. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Or maybe Osama bin Laden? :cool:


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