This is why I use a shotgun as my primary home defense weapon.
A good load of buckshot from a 12 gauge,IMHO, is probably the closest thing to a "one shot wonder" next to running a man down with a pickup truck that your gonna get.
This isn't hyperbole either,and while its still not a 100% guarantee,nor do I equate a 9 pellet shell of 00 buck to a 9 round burst from a 9mm SMG,having 9 pellets that each usually penetrate well over 12 inches in tests strike someone at once is almost (notice I said almost
) guaranteed to hit something vital -likely multiple vitals-
and might also be enough of a wallop to cause someone to drop from sheer shock.
Yes,we've heard the stories of people loaded with PCP taking multiple rounds of 00buck and still fighting,but in the context of a discussion primarily about pistol caliber ballistics but mainly about "stopping power" in general- the shotgun wins hands down.
Ballistics gelatin may be a relativity poor substitute for what projectiles may do in a human torso,but this
will ruin your day:
Also in the same context we've talked about the Moorish (Moro) uprising in the Philippines as being the reason why the army adopted the 1911,well,the fact is they were having issues stopping those people with the .30-40 Krag
But, as I've heard it,the 12 gauge shotgun represented by the 1897 Winchester was the best thing going for stopping inebriated,fanatical Moro tribesmen;before they could chop a troopers head off with their barong.
Yet,compared to handgun projectiles,buck pellets penetrate alot less dry wall,interior fabrications, etc.Because of their spherical shape and lighter weight they also tend to have much less effective range,giving you even more of a margin for error.
Theres been alot of banter about using a shotgun for home defense and how its not good to use it for a search because of tight spaces.In general,this can be negated by technique(Taylor underarm,low ready,NOT leading blind spots with your muzzle,etc,etc)but to be honest if I KNOW someone is in my house I don't have children to go get and can stay "bunkered up" till the cops get there- if I have to search cause I'm not sure,thats why my shottie has a sling and my sidearm along with a light is in the nightstand table.
But if I'm going to a fight thats going to be primarily within the confines of a building or some other close space,I want my 12 banger.Period.
As we've seen in this video,handgun wounds might not be enough to stop a person intent on harming you,and you don't want to rely primarily on their effects -in ANY caliber- to save your life: put 'em down with buckshot.
You want real close quarters "stopping power" in a small arm- grab your 12 gauge.
And JFYI,for you AR guys,your 5.56 is also pretty decent about being contained by drywall with certain projectiles,but not as good about it as buckshot.I would honestly consider most rifle rounds inferior in true "stopping power" in close quarters to a shotgun anyway.
You also should know where your neighbors are.My closest neighbor is but yards away,but on every other side then that I have lots of space.