Originally Posted by getsome
I watched 2 back to back shows on Spike TV this weekend called Gangland Oakland about all the different gangs and turf wars in Oakland California and it was very scary to see how little respect those kids had for a human life and how quick they would kill another human being without batting an eye...
What was an eye opener to me about handgun stopping power was while on camera in a holding cell with other members of a certain gang each member showed their gunshot scars and several had been hit multiple times with .40 or .45 rounds and survived...One kid showed the hits to his lower back and he had been hit 4 times with a .40 in one shooting and 2 times in the upper sholder/chest with a .45 and lived...
We all tend to think what ever caliber of zombie max ammo we have will take anyone down with a single body hit but after watching that show it really changed my mind...As was mentioned in an earlier post even a head shot isn't a guaranteed kill shot and only a direct spinal cord sever will take someone down and out of the fight but may not cause much other damage allowing the person to live but in a wheel chair...Pistols make holes, Rifles blow chit up but any pistol is better than a sharp stick or a knife but isn't the be all end all we sometimes like to think they are...
The truth is most people that get shot live.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Handguns are under powered by nature.
We carry them cause we can't carry around an AR or shotgun.
No weapon is a death ray.
Anything short of a catastrophic central nervous system (CNS) hit (brain or spine)
is not guaranteed to stop a motivated attacker cold.
Even if wounds inflicted are lethal in nature,
a motivated attacker may well be able to continue to kill and maim for some time.
Shooting once and pausing to check the results can be a lethal mistake.
Keep shooting till the threat is neutralized.