Skip to comments.How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market
Posted on 07/28/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT by SLB
This week, the U.S. Army will brief arms manufacturers on the design requirements for a new standard-issue handgun. Several gun makers will compete for the lucrative contract, developing weapons that are more reliable and more powerful than those currently in service. Officials say the upgrade is overdueits been nearly 30 years since the Army adopted the Beretta M9. But the last time the military challenged the industry to make a better handgun, all the innovations intended for the battlefield also ended up in the consumer market, and the severity of civilian shootings soared.
Studying gunshot injuries in the D.C. area in the 1980s, Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University noticed an alarming trendas time went on, more and more patients were arriving at the emergency room with multiple bullet wounds. In 1983, at the beginning of the study period, only about a quarter of gunshot patients had multiple injuries, but in the last two years of the study, that proportion had risen to 43 percent. Over the same period, semiautomatic pistols with a capacity of 15-rounds (or more) were replacing six-shot revolvers as the most popular firearms in the country. Its not difficult to see the correlationmore bullets in the guns, more bullets in the victims. But why had guns changed so radically in such a short period of time?
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Original article was in The Atlantic.
I’ve heard the argument ‘yeah, but who needs a bazooka’. Well, if the local police have an MWRAP then I need an RPG.
The military should be equipped with PaintSoft guns to minimize the impact on the civilian market.
“Original article was in The Atlantic”
That explains the rhetoric
Hey, I’ve got a imaginative idea...
How about a Colt 1911......? or any brand of 1911....lol
This article is stupid. On-scene emergency medicine and response times have improved over the decades, so more victims are going to “arrive at the ER” with more bullet wounds. Previously, they would just bleed out on the scene. The availability of telecommunications to citizens (phones in more homes, cell phones, etc.) would improve the likelihood of a faster EMS response to a shooting scene. There are many factors that would affect these numbers beyond the number of evil bullets in an evil gun.
What a totally stupid article. The complete lack of logic and critical thinking should embarrass leftists into silence.
BTW, I used to term "projectiles" because so many folks don't seem to know the difference between a cartridge and a bullet.
Yep. Gotta consider the source.
We have a right to Nukes.
We’ve just temporarily delegated the use of nukes to our government.
We can take back that right by a vote of the people to un-delegate the right of nukes.
People are in charge, and G-d gave “US” individuals the right of self defense, not “the U.S.”
Thanks for the posting. Makes me wonder what kind of crunch’nticker the military will come up with. I miss the opportunity of discussing this with you over coffee.
Leftists are incapable of being embarrassed, let alone embarrassed into silence.
Wasn’t one of the purposes of the “milita” was to counter the effects of and reduce the need for a standing army.
I see bloomberg is spreading his money around to get “journalists” to write anti-gun propaganda for him.
The purpose of a military firearm is to incapacitate, not necessarily kill. A victim with multiple 9mm holes in him is much more likely to survive to get to the ER than one who has multiple 45 caliber holes.
Also, the man with only six shots available to him is much more likely to place his shots where he wants them, the high-capacity shooter tends to "spray and pray", hoping to hit something.
Therefore, it seems to me that the author should be grateful for the high capacity, wimpier modern handguns.
I remember hearing somewhere about a new pistol modeled on the 1911 with a double stack mag, 16 rds I think it said. Don’t know any details about manufacturer, production status. The extra rounds would be about the only thing I would change about that fine piece of historic machinery.
Sorry Uncle Miltie,
I would start a homeowners association to block you having nuclear material nextdoor to me.
A conventional howitzer could pass muster ....
I'm guessing they will go to a .40....just a guess. With many women in the military having smaller hands, I don't see them going back to a .45 1911. Homeland Sec and others are using the .40 now. The 9mm is too light, they seem to think.
In the military they are not allowed to use hollow points,(Nato banned) (for most standard issue weapons)so the caliber and knock down ability is more important. The .45 has always had that. I like the .40 Sig...but there are a bunch of others.
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