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Old May 5, 2014, 06:54 PM   #15
Deaf Smith
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Stopping power, true or fiction?
Just looking at autopsy can be very misleading due to one not knowing the facts of the shooting. That is how long they stayed on their feet once wounded.

Stopping power has SOME truth in it.

Morgue monsters, those who visit the autopsy as well as interview the cops and citizens who used the guns to stop the bad guys have found that larger more powerful rounds DO TEND to stop better.

Massad Ayoob, Marshal, Sanow, and others.

More powerful rounds like .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, DO TEND to stop better.

Rounds with JHP and SWCHP designs DO TEND to stop better.

When shots are placed in very vital areas they DO TEND to stop better.

David Spauling once wrote that after viewing a very large number of surveillance videos that caught shootouts that you could see a more definite reaction to the ones shot with larger more powerful rounds.

So with all that said the wises choice is to find a gun/ammo combination that is the most powerful one you can control and hit accurately and still carry daily.

And that advice goes back way before even Col. Jeff Cooper.

“To you who call yourselves ‘men of peace,’ I say, you are not safe without men of action by your side” Thucydides
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