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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Handgun Caliber - Again.... Rich Grassi

Editor's Notebook: Handgun Calibers – Again?
What's old remains old: the old ".45 versus 9mm" again rears its ugly head.
A friend raised an interesting point as to defensive handgun calibers. He noted that an argument against the .45 ACP is that it's "no longer effective due to advances in bullet technology in 9mm (and like) calibers." He wondered if that same technology upgrade didn't produce "better" .45 ammo.

I have friends in the bullet business and in the ammunition business. I imagine when they realize that I'm hitting the keyboard in a discussion of defense handgun ammunition, the stores of intoxicants dwindle because I don't believe in 'handgun stopping power' – and I say so.

It's not like religion. Faith involves believing in something you can't see, touch, smell, measure, test . . . in terms of people getting shot there is quite a bit of scattered information accumulated over a century.

Keeping empties in the air with a 9mm is a little easier than with a .45 -- especially as we age. That's not necessarily the best metric for fight-stopping potential.
But, let's go back to the technologically challenged .45 ACP. You can measure and collect data about the new-issue .45 Auto. Various bonded HPs, all-copper rounds and improved bullet designs make for some impressive performance in the artificial environment of the FBI tests – just like in smaller calibers. There are things they seek, among them penetration, and the new ammo is built to pass a test. How the test relates to the world varies: for many of us, no longer on the job, much of the test lacks relevance. For many police shootings, the test doesn't really say anything – but it is a test and it gives one a basis for comparison.

One argument against the .45 is "less barrier penetration" including vehicle engagements. I've not seen compelling data to indicate that non-law enforcement has a compelling need for 'barrier penetration.' As to cars, those who shoot lots of them tell us that handgun calibers really don't "kill cars:" there are too many intervening variables (braces, supports, steering wheel cores, etc.). There is a difference on auto glass which, again, is largely irrelevant for most of us.

Another thing is "less recoil, higher capacity" for the 9x19. Sure. That's a thing for a good many (see the FBI), but the capacity argument is not a big deal overall according to the few who examine shooting reports in some detail. Does this mean a two-shot 'derringer' type pistol is a good idea?

You might ask why I nearly always carry a compact-service auto with a spare magazine – and it's a fair question. It's unlikely I'll need a gun at all: if I knew I was going to need any gun, I'd avoid the situation completely. The battle never fought counts as a victory.

A shotgun or rifle-caliber carbine is a better choice if fighting is actually necessary.
It's said that bigger handgun projectiles have a bigger impact and "transfer more energy." – No, they don't. Look at the size and speed of the projectiles: 147 grains weight versus 230 grains weight: that's nearly no difference, at 83 grains (.19 ounce). Compare both to a one-ounce (437.5 grains) lead Foster slug at around 1400 fps – well, there isn't a comparison. The difference in diameter is likewise irrelevant: 0.097" is nothing about which to write home.

Remember, if it "knocks" the attacker down it has to knock you down too.

Staying away from crossed platforms, by comparing Glock 21 to Glock 17, S&W M&P45 to M&P9, Ruger American .45 to Ruger American 9mm is helpful. If you throw the whole 1911 versus "fill-in-the-blank" thing in there, it's a whole different kettle of fish.

Likewise, measuring the difference in split times is of little help. The difference between .15 and .30 is one-half the blink of a human eye. And no fight stops on a fraction of a second – it takes more time for the human attacker to close up shop.

Is the .45 Auto a good cartridge? Sure. It's not for everyone, no more than the 9mm is – and we should be glad we can make the choice (in Free states). It's one of the most accurate handgun rounds in existence due to its extensive development as a match round as much as anything. It's as good as anything else for defense use, but my standards are pretty basic and have been often repeated here.

The load selected should fire, function the gun, penetrate enough and hit to the sights -- the last being critical as bullet placement is king.
Suffice to say, the round has to fire every single time (the best single reason for premium defensive ammo), it has to function the gun, it has to go deeply enough in the attacker to wreck important stuff and it needs to hit to the sights. Expansion, barrier penetration and other stuff is okay I guess but it's hardly critical.

If there's just got to be a fight – and I really don't recommend it – I'd prefer a slug-loaded 12 gauge or a centerfire rifle-caliber carbine and some people with good attitudes who are likewise equipped.

I greatly respect many of those who stake out one position or another as to handgun ammo, but it's just handgun ammo: it sucks in a fight. The pistol is handier than a rifle/shotgun and there's where we hit the wall. There's no significant difference in results downrange regardless of the service handgun calibers. And there's no need to give up if you have to use a 9mm for defense – or a .380 or a .22.

If you ask why I carry 9mm, it's because it's cheaper, it's plentiful, and it'll do if you will. If carry of the .45 (or .40 or .357 SIG or .38 Special) warms your heart, I won't disparage you anymore than I would if you chose the 9mm.

-- Rich Grassi 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

UPDATE.... Larry Vickers Training Course

The  three day Vickers training class that is scheduled for March 2017 at USANA, Elmer, NJ is over half filled.  If you are still considering taking this class I would suggest that you go to the web site AZTEC TRAINING SERVICES. COM and sign up and register for the class.  Once this class is filled there will not be any openings.

For Law Enforcement Officers only,  if you cannot make all three days, but can make at least two of the three days a special price of $500,00 for the two days will be available.  You may select what two days of the three day class you would be able to attend. Remember Saturday the 11th will be the day dedicated for the Shoot House Training.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Additional information....Larry Vickers Training Course

Larry Vickers 3 day Rifle/Pistol/CQB Course Elmer, NJ March 9-11, 2017

You have to go to the following web site to register for this course, AZTEC Training Services. 

1. Then click on Courses by Location,
2. Click on Elmer, NJ. 
3. Click on the pic at the top left hand corner. 
4. Click on add to cart.

All registration has to be done through the web site.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Larry Vickers Training Class

The ROTAC TRAINING GROUP is happy to announce that it will be co-hosting along with Submoa Milspec, (Owner, Mr. Ray Pescatore) a three day training class provided by Mr. Larry Vickers and Ray Pescatore.  The class is scheduled for March 9th - March 11th 2017.  It is being held at USANA MTC Range in Elmer, NJ. This class will probably restricted to 20 to 25 students.  As always with Larry's classes in will be a pretty intense three days of training with lots of rounds be fired.  It will also include one day of CQB training which will be accommodated by using the Shoot House for a lot of drills.  I will have more information and details in the near future.  Just wanted to get this out for those of you that are planning to get some early Spring Training.  This will be a great way to get the 2017 shooting season started!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Skill Set: Motivation

Skill Set: Motivation
Attending training is fun. You're shooting, running drills, getting new tips and meeting people. It's easy to get motivated to attend a class. Once the class is over it takes time and practice in order to truly learn how to apply the skills you've been introduced to. Learning, performing the same skills over and over again, really isn't that fun. It takes a lot of motivation to dedicate and invest into the time required to learn even the fundamental skills. I'm not talking about becoming a monk and dedicating your life to a martial art. But everyone can devote make ten or fifteen minutes of every day to practice. What's your motivation? Life and death.

Motivation is easy to lose because there's no immediate gain. You don't win a prize or get a television show. Those aren't bad things, but our motivation is not fame or fortune. However, it is comforting to know that you have the skills to deal with an attack. Often times after attending a class people tend to lose interest quickly. It's easy to understand. Life gets in the way. Again, think about the reasons, the motivation for practice. Lives may depend on your ability to stop an attack as efficiently as possible.

Being motivated also means you carry every day, all the time, unless prohibited by law. Yes, sometimes it's a hassle. This may require investing in more than one holster; the clothes you have to wear may dictate how you carry. More than one pistol may be necessary. I would love to carry a full-size pistol everywhere I go, but sometimes it's not possible. Plus, having a spare pistol is always a good idea. You may decide to carry more than one, another good idea. And after all, doesn't everyone need another pistol?

The need to understand "the fight" – in order to deal with it and the aftermath – motivate you to study and research. There's almost an infinite source of material out there to study. Instead of spending time debating the merits of this or that caliber/weapon/technique/etc., use that time to examine the legal aspects of carrying and/or having to use your weapon. You research in order to understand common criminal behavior. Studying documented confrontations educates you on indicators that danger is about to occur, the warning signs that help you avoid, escape or prepare to fight.

Sometimes it's hard because you've spent money on training and good gear, invested time in practicing, and never even come close to having to use any of these skills. Stay motivated. All that time spent hasn't been wasted. At some point in everyone's life, they have to face danger. If you haven't needed those skills yet then the chances you might need them in the future have increased. For those who have "faced the elephant" then you know how important they are.

Just because we've elected a new president doesn't mean the gun controllers are gone. In fact, it may mean they start to push even harder, especially at a state and local level. Motivation applies to almost every aspect of our lives, at a micro and macro level. So stay motivated, politically prepared to defend your rights.

Life is busy, hard and there's a lot going on. Life is also precious, and worth protecting. If you've lost your way then plug back in. Personal protection is an individual responsibility; danger is just around the corner. It's just a question of when will you get to "that corner." There are still a lot of powerful and well-funded people out there who don't think you cannot be trusted to own and use firearms. Being motivated, staying the course, prepares you for that day.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - http://shootrite.org/book/book.html writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - http://shootrite.org/dvd/dvd.html Website: www.shootrite.org