Archive for September, 2015
May 6, 2014
FBI Training Division: FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
Executive Summary of Justification for Law Enforcement Partners
Caliber debates have existed in law enforcement for decades
Most of what is “common knowledge” with ammunition and its effects on the human target are rooted in myth and folklore
Projectiles are what ultimately wound our adversaries and the projectile needs to be the basis for the discussion on what “caliber” is best
In all the major law enforcement calibers there exist projectiles which have a high likelihood of failing LEO’s in a shooting incident and there are projectiles which have a high ting incident likelihood of succeeding for LEO’s in a shooting incident
Handgun stopping power is simply a myth
The single most important factor in effectively wounding a human target is to have penetration to a scientifically valid depth (FBI uses 12” – 18”)
LEO’s miss between 70 – 80 percent of the shots fired during a shooting incident
Contemporary projectiles (since 2007) have dramatically increased the terminal effectiveness of many premium line law enforcement projectiles (emphasis on the 9mm Luger offerings)
9mm Luger now offers select projectiles which are, under identical testing conditions, I outperforming most of the premium line .40 S&W and .45 Auto projectiles tested by the FBI
9mm Luger offers higher magazine capacities, less recoil, lower cost (both in ammunition and wear on the weapons) and higher functional reliability rates (in FBI weapons)
The majority of FBI shooters are both FASTER in shot strings fired and more ACCURATE with shooting a 9mm Luger vs shooting a .40 S&W (similar sized weapons)
There is little to no noticeable difference in the wound tracks between premium line law Auto enforcement projectiles from 9mm Luger through the .45 Auto
Given contemporary bullet construction, LEO’s can field (with proper bullet selection) 9mm Lugers with all of the terminal performance potential of any other law enforcement pistol caliber with none of the disadvantages present with the “larger” calibers
Interesting stuff, but it doesn’t motivate me to toss my .40s and .45s in the garbage can.
For me, I’m more concerned about the pistol itself. Is it easy to operate and carry? Does it function reliably with whatever ammo I settle on? Are the chances of having some degree of operator error while using it under pressure reduced?
In light of these questions, I exclusively carry handguns with no external safeties. I shoot enough different types of guns for work that I don’t want to inadvertently lock up while trying to shoot a 1911 with the safety engaged.
My main carry gun has been a Glock 23 for many years, but I’ve carried smaller pistols (and larger ones) from time time as well. Most have been striker-fired, but I’ve carried some DA/SA handguns (mostly Sigs) too. And, especially when I’m out in the wild, I often have a revolver on my hip.
The calibers on these guns include .44s, .45s, .380s, 9mms, and .40s. But I’m always careful about the specific ammo I use, making sure to go with bullets that feed well, expand reliably, and offer adequate penetration.
There are two new indoor shooting ranges in Reno Nevada. The first one is big shop located off of Double Diamond Road. The second one is Reno gun and range located behind the oldHarley Davidson store in Reno. These are nice cilities. The newest one Reno gun and range the owner has invested 6 million + dollars to bring a state-of-the-art shooting facility to the area. The one downfall is that both of them happen to be indoors. They both offer semi auto and full auto shoots.
However Nevada gun rental Services the Reno Lake Tahoe and Carson City areas. We have our own private 240 acre shooting facility located 50 minutes from downtown Reno. Our range goes from 15 feet out to one mile. If there is a small group we can meet you at the Carson City range located in Carson City Monday through Friday. Give us a call at 775 741 0735 and we can help you. Texting actually works better.
When are the shooting area is the Washoe County shooting facility located 21 miles north of Reno on the pyramid Lake Highway. As I understand they are open from Friday to Sunday. They have a full-time Rangemaster and range lanes start at $6 per person.