By David Gonzales
AmmoLand Youtube Firearms Reporter
Aah, the never ending debate about the effectiveness of handgun ammunition in different calibers.
Some people are probably tired of this debate and have moved on. They’ve already picked the cartridge that that they shoot best in their respective gun(s). However, I do not tire of this discussion.
Not because I think I’ve already picked the biggest and baddest round for myself. I just really enjoy the enthusiasm that this subject can produce from shooters. Plus, the information exchange during these talks is immensely valuable and sometimes entertaining.
In this video I like the fact Mr. Gomez points out that the only thing handguns do better than long guns is that they are easy to carry and conceal. But in most cases “handguns suck.”
This video got more interesting for me at 02:40 mark. He points out that with “modern defensive/duty ammunition,” all are designed to perform to the same standards. The organizations that he mentions that designed the standards and test protocols are the FBI and IWBA. With the FBI protocols, the ammunition is tested on 10 percent ballistic gelatin. They have a required minimum acceptable penetration of twelve inches and a desired eighteen inches of penetration in the gelatin.
What really impressed me about this video were the the inserted pictures of various calibers of bullets ranging from 9mm all the way to .45 penetrating at almost the same depth into the ballistic gelatin just as he mentioned. However, he definitely starts to clarify his argument later in the video that bigger bullets are indeed better because they will expand more and create a larger wound channel.
I must admit to having been very ignorant to these testing protocols, which is why I found this video so informative. It also got me thinking about past discussions I’ve had on this subject where pretty much everyone disagrees on what caliber is ideal to carry for defensive purposes.
However, almost everyone seems to agree that ideally a person should carry the largest caliber handgun that they can shoot the most effectively.
What’s your take with regard to the best handgun caliber a person should legally carry for self defense in a pistol that can be carried and concealed well?
Also, what’s better in your opinion, carrying a pistol with a higher capacity magazine of smaller caliber bullets? Or, would it be better to carry a pistol with larger caliber bullets with a lower capacity magazine?
About David Gonzales:
David Gonzales grew up with firearms and has many fond memories of hunting with his grandfather. He enjoys participating in the occasional shooting match, going to the gun range with his family and friends and still has much to learn about firearms. However, he became a certifiable “Gun Nut” in 2008 when he realized that the constitutional right he took for granted could so easily be taken away. Did you see something on YouTube that David Should review. Leave a link in the comments below.