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Any functional handgun is better than no handgun at all. But I hear some people talk about how good the 9 millimeter, .380 Auto, or .38 Special rounds are. If you have the choice of a better handgun for self protection, buy it. Be sure you have the heaviest grain bullet you can get. Make sure it is a functional hollow point in your handgun.

Also be sure to buy a quality handgun that will not jam on you in a situation where you need it.

I also cannot emphasize strongly enough the need to train with your firearm of choice for self protection. Go to the shooting range at least once every two months and train with at least 50 rounds of ammunition. Dry fire practice twice a week to master trigger control. If you have not fired a firearm within six months you are probably incompetant with your weapon. A gun will not save you if you do not know how to use it.

In stressful situations we do not rise to the occasion, we fall to our level of training.

1 posted on 02/22/2003 8:34:22 PM PST by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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Good advice, I prefer the 1911 but I have never noticed that the hollow point expanded significantly when used on most subjects (as the chart seems to indicate). I postulated that it was the relatively slow bullet speed.

If i could presume to add to your advice - practice, practice, practice - there IS NO substitute.

375 posted on 03/07/2007 5:01:16 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (So many geeks, so few circuses.)
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the theoretical stopping power of a firearm cartridge

The theoretical stopping power rises in inverse proportion to the ability of the average, minimally trained shooter to hit the target.

Four hits with a .22 are better than four misses with a .44.

378 posted on 03/07/2007 5:13:51 AM PST by Jim Noble
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/mark


386 posted on 03/02/2011 12:46:05 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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ping


387 posted on 03/02/2011 12:55:38 AM PST by Nailbiter
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I don’t know where you ever got your, “training”, but you NEVER dry-fire ANY weapon.


390 posted on 02/06/2012 9:36:09 PM PST by USMC0351Grunt ("Trained to kill, prepared to die, prefer to live, Semper Fi!")
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