Here we go again… It’s all over the net again, “The FBI is going back to the 9mm.” This is sparking one of those my Kung Fu is better than you Kung Fu discussions we see all the time. What’s my persuasion when it comes to my concealed carry you may. I’m in the .40 caliber camp and have been for quite sometime.
Why, because at the time I was an impressionable youth who imitated what he saw. I saw the local PD dumping their “nines” for the forty caliber. At the time 9mm Vs 40 latest FBI facts had me believing this was super bullet that can stop anything in its tracks. And for good reason I reckon, their data was sound and I believe it is to this day.
Will I run out and buy a 9mm and join the crowd, of course not, I never traded in my old 9 Mike Mike’s.
Check out these articles and let me know what you think. While the first article isn’t a 9mm vs .40 caliber review, I decided to drop it in there as a reminder that it doesn’t matter what you carry if you can’t achieve good shot placement.
One Bullet Can Kill, but Sometimes 20 Don’t, Survivors Show
A man in North Carolina was shot roughly 20 times in 1995 and lived to tell about it. The rapper 50 Cent was shot nine times in 2000 and has since released three albums. And in 2006, Joseph Guzman survived 19 gunshot wounds during the 50-shot fusillade by police detectives that killed Sean Bell. While surviving numerous gunshots could be a miraculous feat, doctors who have treated gunshot victims say that being shot is not automatically a death sentence.
When major organs — the heart and brain especially — and blood vessels are avoided, the chances of survival are good, they said. The catch, of course, is that there is no science to preventing a bullet from hitting a vital part of the body. See The Whole Article
9mm vs. .40 Caliber
At the end of October, the FBI announced that it was planning to swap out the .40 S&W pistols and ammunition now used by its agents and replace them with 9mm pistols and ammo. This was a widely discussed decision, given that the Bureau once partially blamed the performance of 9mm cartridges for the deaths of two agents in the 1986 Miami shootout and subsequently transitioned to 10mm and then to .40 caliber sidearms. This is also a widely followed decision because the FBI’s choice of duty pistol and ammo will likely influence many other law enforcement agencies to give the 9mm jacketed hollow-point another look. Read More…
The Return of the 9mm (or Why I Hate 40 caliber)
One of the results of the fabled and oft studied Miami Shootout of 1986, where two FBI Agents lost their lives when attempting to take down two violent felons, was the conclusion that the 9mm round used by agents at the time failed to adequately perform its job to incapacitate its target. As a result, the .40 caliber round rose from the aftermath and eventually worked its way into law enforcement agencies across the nation, with the notion that it had the “capacity of a 9mm, and the stopping power of a 45.” But this alleged increase in terminal performance did not come for free. See More…
7 Reasons Why Cops Choose the 9mm Over the .40
The 9mm is having something of a renaissance these days. Although maligned in the past due to its inability to reliably deliver incapacitating force, recent technological developments in bullet and propellant design have move the round back to the forefront for many LE departments. With its lower costs, lighter recoil and now more capable on-target performance, the 9mm is a force with which to be reckoned. Click Here To Read The Full Article
Forty Caliber: The Perfect Middle Ground
Each of the colors in the rainbow of self defense rounds, above, has its own purpose. Its dedicated group of proponents and detractors. Each slot in the spectrum is different from the others, but not all are given the same respect. Case in point: the red-headed stepchild of duty calibers – the .40 S&W. It may be considered superfluous by a lot of shooters, but when Smith & Wesson came up with this round, they changed the game . . .
In 1990 the .40S&W cartridge was designed to score a fat government contract with the FBI. Essentially, it was designed to take the place of lightly loaded 10mm rounds that were used by shooters who didn’t like the full-powered variety. The ballistics of the round were considered great at the time and are still more than passable today. Read The Full Post
Size Doesn’t Matter: Using 9mm for Personal Defense
I remember the first bullets I’d ever seen pulled out of a human body, back in 1990. They were 147-grain 9mm Federal Hydra-Shoks, and of the seven rounds the deputy put into the gunman with his SIG P226, only one of them actually expanded the way it was supposed to. This was because that bullet was just not traveling fast enough to expand reliably; the balance of cavity wall thickness/velocity/bullet weight was off. The first generation Winchester Silvertip JHP design was infamous for not expanding properly, if at all. Read More
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