Seaman wrote: How about the Mississippi woman who was shot thru the brain with a 380 (thru & thru), survived, and then made tea for the investigating officer.
If the same shot had been made with a 9mm para bullet, which is heavier and travels significantly faster, it is likely that the victim would be immediately (and permanently) stopped.
Have carried the Sig P238, ankle BUG, but prefer the PPK in 32 ACP for that role. Better cartridge.
Carry a 9mm, 40 cal, 44 spl or 45, and survival chances improve.
So please explain Rep. Gabby Giffords please:
A human can be an extremely tough object to stop.
Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement. Caliber is secondary when it comes to hand guns.