Originally Posted by USMC-03
Multiple shots and shot placement with good quality ammo. Arguing calibers is pointless...just make good hits.
What he said! 9MM is considered to be the smallest caliber for self defense. If you know you are going to a gun fight, bring a shotgun or a rifle! A hand gun in ANY caliber is a proven poor man stopper!
Coming from a 28 year career in L/E, I can tell you the worst thing that ever happened to the viewing public was television!
Hollywood has indoctrinated the public with the conception that a human target will fall over and die after being hit with one handgun round.
Hollywood has also perpetrated the myth that a shotgun will knock a human being off their feet and push them rearward. Not fact guys. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but a lot of "Non firearm" enthusiasts believe what they see on T/V. That's why they all scream when they see the news report where the police have to shoot a suspect multiple times!
A human on drugs or alcohol, with a lot of Adrenalin flowing does not always feel pain or react to being shot! Ya have to hit a human in the brain or the central nervous system to take them down. The belief in the "One shot stop" bullet or caliber is garbage!
Try this scenario. Run 50 yards to get your heart rate up before you shoot at a human size paper target that is bobbing and weaving. Then imagine the target is shooting back at YOU!
That's what you will encounter in a gun fight with a human! Big difference than standing at a stationary paper target that does not shoot back!