Please point everyone to my post where I said if you don't carry a service caliber, then you shouldn't carry at all. You can't because it's not there. I never said it. Stop being so presumptuous.
You didn't say that but you seem to imply that...you keep alluding to the "pointy stick" so what did you mean to imply if not that a "mousegun" is no better than that? And if it's no better than that it follows that the "mousegun" is not worth carrying. If that's not what you mean you haven't said so; you just keep talking about the pointy stick.
It's hilarious that you are telling me to "do my own research". I have, and lots of it, but I'll patiently wait while you provide proof that mousegun calibers consistently perform at the same level as service calibers.
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "same level of service" but I am quite sure I never said that a small caliber is equal to (provides the same level of service) as a "big caliber".
BTW, just because you were lucky enough to escape without firing a shot doesn't mean that everyone will experience the same good fortune. Are you denying the fact that there are documented cases where just presenting the weapon did not stop the attack?
My personal experience jives with the experience of the 92% in the study I cited that had a similar outcome; that would indicate that my experience is not unusual nor simply due to luck.
I've neither denied or as far as I know, even hinted that there aren't plenty cases where it was necessary to shoot; of course there are; but that doesn't mean doing so is the most frequent use of a defensive firearm.
Why is it so important to you that I agree with you?
What's important to me is that anyone reading this thread not come away thinking that if they don't carry a large caliber that they are wasting their time - it's important because a little 22, 25, 32 or 380 can most certainly save a person's life one day if it's with them and not not sitting in a nightstand drawer somewhere.
Arguing about the effectiveness of handgun calibers can be entertaining but is otherwise a bit useless anyway and sort of misses the point...people should carry the largest handgun in the biggest caliber that they are willing to carry, able to carry given their circumstances and are competent using regardless of how "big" the handgun or the caliber that might be. However, let's be clear; if we ever are in a confrontation and
we have a CHOICE of weapons, it would be rather stupid to depend on ANY handgun of ANY caliber rather than a good rifle.
The best ballistics of any handgun is pitiful compared to a good fighting rifle; we carry handguns because of the convenience and because in most places; you can't just walk around with a AR on our shoulder. P.S.
"You are only outgunned if you miss
" - Col Jeff Cooper
Edited by RobertNashville, 27 February 2012 - 08:02 PM.