Handgun stopping power in one graph

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9 thoughts on “Handgun stopping power in one graph

  1. Ought not the bottom right box include shotguns as well as rifles?

    Granted, you might have to specifically stipulate a minimum gauge, and stipulate buckshot/slug loads instead of birdshot, but still…

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  2. Now, what we have here is a blanket statement, and rarely are they actually correct. One might say “all gingers are soulless” (i can say that, I’m a ginger) but in reality, there’s gotta be a redhead or two out there with a soul. In the same way to group “all handguns” on the “painfully underpowered” side if the graph just isn’t proper. As a general rule, handguns for concealed carry could be considered underpowered (whatever that means…they still account for plenty of the firearms deaths), and every time i hear someone ask if their edc has enough “stopping power”, i lose a bit more faith in humanity. But on the other hand, big and dangerous game hunting with pistols is a real thing and the guns are in no way inadequate for their intended purpose. Sure, the 460 s&w or the bfr in 45-70 aren’t “carry guns” but they are handguns and i do carry them on hunts. But then what about 357 mag? Or 10mm, 460 rowland, 44 mag and other various boutique rounds that have popped up in the past few years? Getting north of 1000 lb ft energy from a glock is no longer impossible…but one must consider what they carry for their edc gun. Do i really want a bullet with 1k+ lb ft energy that has shown over 5 feet of ballistic gelatin penetration? If i had to use that in public, the safety risks would be outrageous. Much worse than sending a few big, slow moving bullets into my target that pose much less of a threat of over penetration to others around me. Now, in the field, over penetration might not be a problem, especially if I’m trying to punch a 5 foot long hole through an animal. Long story longer, yes generally most handguns are not d.r.t. shooters but there’s a big difference between “all” and “most.”

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  3. Can’t argue with any of these comments.

    I’ve been getting a lot of traffic today from a Facebook referrer, but I can’t determine who. If someone was referred by Facebook today or yesterday, could you let me know who?

    Thanks.

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    One simple graph, right here. And it's 100% true. So why does this argument still happen?Posted by Active Self Protection on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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