The Truth About Handgun Calibers and Defensive Use
By Travis Pike
A string of recent comments on some of TTAG’s articles have made it clear there is a lot of misunderstanding out there with regard to how handgun calibers stop threats. Admittedly, it’s a subject steeped in a lot of myths and bad information that was backed by a serious lack of science for many decades. The comments include describing .380 as not much more damaging than a bee sting. Another claimed that because a typical .45 ACP round weighs 230 grains, you have to fire two 9mm rounds weighing 115 grains to stop the same threat.
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