by Joe W Gorman
Pity the aging gun writer racking his brain to come up with unique story angles in an effort to sell an idea to a magazine only to be stopped in mid-sentence and informed that his idea is not interesting. Or it's been done. Or to call back after lunch. All this idea selling has led to irreversible brain damage. It's a ruthless business in which good men are beaten down and left bloodied on the curb like mangy dogs.
There's a bad side too!
The aging gun writer's eyes have lost the ability to focus clearly on handgun sights which sometimes leads him to wear 1 diopter glasses in an attempt to see iron sights more clearly. This makes the target hyper blurry for target shooting. But still, he soldiers on, crafting words carefully to redirect attention from his age-imposed limitations.
He has also accumulated biases and experiences that have led him to certain truths about guns. These truths sometimes generate tremendous pain and loathing when a paradigm shift slaps him in the face like Ike Turner on a binge drunk.
I have suffered these slaps.
My truths were first shattered back in the early 90s when Colonel Jack Lewis asked if I'd look into that plastic .45 (The Glock Model 21) Sure I would, I said.
All my heroes considered the 1911 to be the best. These guys had fought with pistols and their opinion held tremendous weight with me. So Arnold Schwarzenegger's motherland makes a .45 out of black Tupperware? Great. Yeah, sure, I'll test it.
I wanted to hate that Glock 21 and send it back to Osterreich with a Go Home Hallmark card. But I couldn't. It fed everything and gobbled it up, even spent range brass!(I've found while the .45 acp Glock will do this, the 9mms won't). It was definitely combat accurate and I'm sure you could bury it in a bucket of sand and piss and seawater overnight and it'd function the next day.
So here I am.
Twenty-five years ago I thought of the 9mm as a great defensive caliber, for a girl. Not a man's gun by any stretch. The caliber had failed so badly in the infamous Miami shootout that the FBI went down the whole 10mm/.40 caliber road. Men shot .45s by God!
Ok, so technological advances in bullets have closed the gap between the effectiveness of 9mm and .45 to where the differences are negligible. The FBI is going back to 9mm. 9mm, given modern defensive ammunition, is a great defensive round!
I still bitterly cling to my conceal a full size pistol whenever I can truth. I want every advantage I can have. I shoot full size duty weapons much better than their compact counterparts. 90% of the time, I carry a full size semi-automatic pistol.
I present to you, fair reader, a shootout. A shootout between three respected, gulp. 9mm duty pistols!
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|Manufacturer||Factory Ballistics||Bullet type||Bullet weight (grains)||Muzzle Energy (ft.lbs.)||Muzzle Velocity (fps)|
|Winchester||Train and Defend||FMJ||147||295||950|
|Remington||High Terminal Performance||JHP||147||320||990|
|Federal American Eagle||FMJ||115||344||1160|
|Hornady||Critical Duty +P||FLEXLOCK||135||369||1100|