Claude Werner, The Tactical Professor, had a great post on the effectiveness of small guns recently, which caused me to write an article on that subject for American Handgunner based on Claude’s analysis (look for it soon). Key points:
[In Claude’s] analysis of five years worth of the NRA’s Armed Citizen column, he bottom lines his conclusions from those shootings with: Negative outcomes result from…lack of appropriate and necessary skills, techniques, and tactics. [Notice that he doesn’t mention weapons.] Carrying and being capable of using a small gun adequately will yield much better results than owning a large pistol that isn’t carried or shot well. More criminals have been planted in the ground by .22s that hit than by .45s that miss.
I have seen a number of cases over the years while working the street that show exactly this, and so far none in which the intended victim/defender “lost” the event due to their gun being too small.[Comment by veteran LEO Chuck Haggard]
A battle-hardened military vet with some eastern European organized crime gang may not be too impressed with your challenge with a .32, but your far-more-likely street turd only sees a gun in your hand.
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