QOTD: Caliber

“A lot of people talk [bad] about .380’s, but I doubt anyone would stand in front of mine and take a bullet.” — Bill H. on Facebook responding to this Cheaper Than Dirt offer.

I am not a fan of the .380 round because ballistic tests show it lacks the 12in penetration required for a reliably lethal shot. However, if you need a gun and you can’t afford the coin for a nice Springfield XD in .45 or 9mm then remember what your old buddy trackerk says;

There is nothing more useless than space behind you and weapons you left at home (or the gun store in this case).

If all you have is $200 and you need a gun, buy what you can afford. As long as it is reliable, the caliber should be a secondary concern. I won’t be volunteering to stand in front of your .380 or even your .22 revolver.

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  • Jim  On February 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have seen enough anecdotal evidence to believe that one’s training is far more critical to the outcome of a gunfight than one’s firearm. Even in low-pressure target shooting situations, the weak point is almost never the firearm itself, but the skill of the shooter (notwithstanding any excuses the shooter might wish to make when shooting poorly). That is even more true when the stakes are high: the gun does not care if it is being shot at.

    I think a more useful question for a prospective gun owner on a shoestring budget is not the caliber, but how to get good, affordable training and practice. That’s one I don’t have a good answer for, aside from watching YouTube training videos and dry-firing in front of a mirror. What say you?

    • trackerk  On February 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Dry-fire is the least expensive training there is. It is also the most neglected (even by me) and probably the most useful. Its not fun because nothing goes bang.

      I’ve been thinking about getting a .22lr conversion kit for my Glock. .22lr is ridiculously cheap (but still twice what it was just a few years ago). But taking the price of a fully decked out Glock and then tacking on the price of the conversion kit isn’t exactly cheap. So no good answer to that.

      Here is an idea. Since affordable healthcare is a right, but not actually mentioned in the Constitution. Why shouldn’t firearms get a .gov subsidy seeing as they are actually mentioned as a right?

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