Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
When President Obama and Candidate Hillary succeed in imposing their Australian plans to confiscate pistols and ban ammunition, dealers in banned substances will have an easier time supplying their customers: everyone will use the same caliber ammunition. “Hey man, I’ll take some weed, a couple hits of coke and throw in a box of nines.” One stop shopping, like having a Wal-Mart in the trunk of a tricked-out Buick. Handy.
Let’s not kid ourselves, we know what’s at work here and it has nothing to do with ballistic science.
John Browning gave the world true pistol stopping power when he invented the .45 ACP and nothing invented since is as effective at delivering raw knock-down power in a controllable low maintenance hand-held package.
But it takes a big hand to wrap around the .45, a strong grip to control it, and strong will to calmly place 7 shots in vital spots rather than spray-and-pray in a panic. The .45 is fine for well-trained soldiers which is why special forces love it; not so good for small FBI chicks which is why the feds first adopted the watered-down .40 S&W and now are going to the even softer 9mm.
I don’t dispute that modern 9mm home defense hollow points work better than 9mm military ball ammo. They should: they’re designed for a different purpose. The military round wounds a guy so his buddies must carry him to the field medics, taking three soldiers out of a battle that my soldiers then win by attrition. The home-defense round puts a guy on the floor now, because I have no soldiers and can’t afford to suffer any attrition. So sure, the modern 9mm self-defense round works better than the old 9mm military round. But is it better enough to switch down from the .40 S&W, must less the venerable .45 ACP?
Let the argument begin.
The amount of training it takes to overcome the natural human response to an adrenaline dump is amazing – and they’re finding out that people who get through selection for units like the SEALs, Delta, the SAS and the like are born with a biochemical trait that allows them to drive, rather than be driven by, adrenaline.
All by way of saying – being a regular schlub who is most definitely driven by adrenaline, I’ll take a big magazine over big caliber.
If I have to choose.
Which, currently I do not.
And let’s us good guys and gals all bear down and keep it that way.