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Small Caliber vs Large Caliber SD Gun

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by automan, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. automan


    Jan 26, 2007
    I just finished reading a new gun/tactics magazine article written by a well known author/instructor of many decades of experience. In it, the author advocates using a smaller caliber SD handgun with more rounds than using a larger caliber one with fewer rounds.

    His argument is that with a smaller caliber, larger capacity pistol, you'll be just as likely to put your attacker down without prematurely running out of ammo, especially since most humans can still function with mortal wounds inflicted for a period of time while bleeding out. He says its just unlikely that anyone will go down on the first shot; the exception being an instant CNS incapacitation shot.

    Is that about the way you see it?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Not entirely. I'm inclined toward the old wisdom: the most powerful pistol one can control in accurate, rapid fire. If there is a high likelihood of expanding bullet plugging (i.e., heavy winter clothing in deep cold weather) and failing to expand, I DEFINITELY want a larger bullet.

    Just one opinion,