Thinking Thursday - Caliber Choice. The Wal-Mart and Katrina Tests.

Joe Gilbert

The great caliber debate continues at gun counters and forums across the country.  Before you jump to the linked article; lets touch on a few more important matters.

  • There are two ways to stop an attacker with a handgun; 1) Create enough blood loss to drop blood pressure to a level that won’t sustain consciousness, 2) Injure the central nervous system resulting in paralysis or instant de-animation.
  • Both of the aforementioned methods require you to deliver at least one accurately placed shot that penetrates deeply enough to have the desired effect.
  • You must be able to quickly place multiple hits on relatively a small target. You must be able to manage the recoil, operate the controls, and use the sights.
  • You must be able to get your gun in the fight from concealment, your nightstand, etc.
  • Training is required to perform well under duress.

Along with the few basics illustrated above, the “Wal-Mart Test” and “Katrina” tests must also be considered.  If you can’t find the ammunition for your gun at Wal-Mart, you’re out of luck when more ammunition is needed.   Your exotic caliber of choice is cool at the range, but (when your life depends on a gun) you want a caliber you can find at Wal-Mart or the country store at your favorite lake.   Secondly, the “Katrina” test is the most basic of all. Do you own a gun and ammunition, and are you well trained in its use (physical and legal)?  If the answer is no, like those who suffered through Hurricane Katrina, you’re out of luck.

Best Caliber for Self Defense. 

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