While I don't necessarily agree with everything in this study, it is an eye opener.
Yep. I believe your proficiency with a handgun matters a lot more than caliber or even bullet type.As usual, the best self defense caliber will be the one that you can shoot the best (fast, accurate shots), particularly in a stressful situation where even gross motor skills can fail you.
Well, I was referring to caliber and not the actual firearm, so I think we're on the same page. Frankly, whenever the seldom event occurs where someone asks my 2 cents on what to carry, I generally recommend 9mm. It isn't that the round, as proven Greg's research, is any more effective, but it is effective as anything else, most people can handle the recoil easily, it is easy to get firearms with decent capacity for the number of 9mm rounds, etc.Yep. I believe your proficiency with a handgun matters a lot more than caliber or even bullet type.
but since this thread is specifically about choosing a caliber, rather than choosing a gun, I agree with the author's ultimate conclusion that among all the popular and well-respected choices in defensive handgun calibers there just isn't that much of a difference between them in real world terminal performance.
If recoil is an issue for you with some rounds, given your preferred size of carry gun, it's OK to downsize to 9mm for the sake of shooting faster with greater accuracy and confidence.
Quote from GREG ELLIFRIRZ in 2013:
"I don't care what you carry for self defense. My research shows that there really isn't much of a difference at all between the service caliber handguns. Pick what you shoot well, not what a misinformed gunwriter tells you that you need."
No fair! 10mm was not mentioned!I thought it was well known that .45acp was superior. I'm leaving now before malum starts talking about 10mm
Odd - I defined it as the amount of rounds a particular weapon holds. I guess if the enemy is congregated in one sufficiently compact area, then the point may be rather moot.Capacity is the ability to take down many attackers with limited ammo. I do believe he has that covered.
Interesting point given those limitations I think I would opt for 45 colt. Large diameter heavy bullet sufficient power but relatively controllable for that second shot.Let's take the characteristics of the gun out of the equation.
Let's say the gun in question is double-barreled (over-under) pistol with barrels that are 6" long, rifled bores, one set of good high-visability iron sights down the center rib, a pistol grip only that feels a lot like a 1911 with similar width and grip angle, and a single-action only trigger that breaks at a crisp 4.5 lbs. It looks like a long-barreled derringer, but with a full-finger grip, and no external hammers. It's got a grip safety like a 1911 (or Springfield XD) and it's got a safety inside the trigger's face (like a Glock).
You can have this gun in any caliber, any cartridge, you want.
No matter what you choose, the gun will have the same basic size, shape, and weight.
Get it in .308 Win. if you wish. Or .22 short. 12 gauge 3.5" magnum, even.
.458 Win Mag. 9mm, 10mm, 11.43 mm. Whatever you want. Yes, it's +P rated. You can have .38 super, .45 Magnum, .357 Maximum. You pick it.
But, the condition is that this is the ONLY firearm you may have available for self-defense away from your home. This will be your one and only carry gun, vehicle glove box gun, etc.
So.... with those options and that one limitation in mind.... what caliber do you choose?