posted on May, 16 2006 @ 11:40 AM
I'll say it again - handguns are relatively under-powered, all of them.
If you want to get into semantics, Thomson Contender make "handguns" in any caliber you choose, even .300 Win Mag, but these are not truly handguns
in the generally accepted definition.
.454 Casull, .460 & .500 S&W, .475 Linebaugh, .480 Ruger etc etc are all very powerful cartridges, but they are specialized hunting rounds and have no
practical application in a personal defence weapon - .454 Casull has been used in exactly one self defence shooting and that was only because the
shooter was on his way back from the range, with the gun in a bag over his shoulder (just about the only way you could "carry" a .454) - the effects
were however somewhat terminal for the machete wielding felon.
9mm, .45ACP, .357 Magnum, .357 SiG, .40 S&W, .38 Special, and even 10mm are low powered rounds - comparatively speaking, and must be carefully placed
in order to be effective. I admit that 357 SiG is an interesting round, and it has been receiving stellar reviews, I believe that the Virignia State
Police use it in a SiG P229 DAK, and they have reported that even hits on extremities have proved to be fight stoppers - unlikely, but amazing if
true. When I shoot it, it feels like someone is smacking me on the forehead with a rubber mallet, a consequence of the high pressure this round uses.
This is not generally conducive to accurate shooting - something that is far more important than any minor differences in power.
There's an old saying that you should only use a handgun to fight your way to a long gun, it's one I happen to agree with.