The .380 ACP
"From a few feet away, she shot him in the head with the .380. At that point, he moved quickly, causing her second shot to miss. He then grabbed the gun away from her and went outside and called the police on his cell phone. When police and paramedics arrived, they found that the bullet had entered the skin on his head, and burrowed around a few inches without entering the skull. This left what the officer described as a “mole tunnel” in the skin. The shootee refused to be taken to the hospital, and was treated and released at the scene by the paramedics. At no time did he lose consciousness or the ability to fight back."Syd explains why I am not a fan of the .380. Every caliber, with the possible exception of the magnums, has anecdotal evidence of failure to penetrate the human skull. Some calibers though, have more failure stories than others. The .380 is one of those.
One of the compromises that many people unwittingly make in a concealed handgun is a shorter barrel for concealability, and a lesser caliber for greater capacity. These decisions often decrease the terminal performance of the person's handgun of choice. The cold dry science of ballistics is lost on many handgunners and others just don't want to be bothered. What must be remembered is the concealed handgun is a last ditch device to preserve one's life from a lethal threat. If it fails to immediately incapacitate the threat, the carrier's life is still at risk.
One does not need to fully understand all the details of terminal ballistics, nor does a person have to conduct their own research. The work has been done. The Firearms Tactical Institute is one unbiased resource to go to. The decision to carry a firearm for self defense is a serious one. The choice of caliber and firearm is integral to that decision. I do not wish to disparage a person's choice of either, but it is incumbent on the person to make a well informed choice. It may be the choice between life or death.
Labels: Caliber Wars