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.