Whether it is from a Glock, or 1911, the performance data for the 45 and the 357 is very similar..
Compare these two sites..
Yes the full blown 357 penetrates a couple of inches more, but you will find with the 357 FAR more bullet configurations and choices especially
factoring in the very light and low penetration of the 38sp in an urban environment..
Also to note:
I have seen dozens of Glocks double feed, stove pipe and jam... They are a good weapon, no doubt about it, but they are just that, a weapon and
fallible as all the rest.
As for a Tap. Rack.
Yeah on the range that is fun drill....
Real life bites you in the butt, never forget that. During a real encounter, especially the first time, the body goes into a "Fight or Flight"
syndrome. It is at that time the body loses the ability to perform "Micro" tasks.. Guess what clearing a weapon is? Yep, a Micro task... Now with
experience and training, one learns to handle that, to react properly and perform those tasks using a martial arts concept of Muscle memory.. But
again, that is with EXPERIENCE and TRAINING.. LOTS OF IT...
In a shooting incident, I have seen Marines and Officers that could not tell you their names.. They could almost alway still pull a trigger, thank the
Lord, but clear a jam... HAHAHAHAHA No way.. After their 2nd or 3rd firefight, they got better... Most people just want to live through the first
If you are a cop, military or some such, go with the Glock, Beretta or 1911... You have the experience and the training.. Trust me, they are all fine
weapons and what you will hear about each one is personal preference and that means little about which is the best...
I like a safety on my weapons, and I like a single action trigger pull, so that is why my personal choice is the 1911.
I own an original Italian made Beretta 92 and consider it my most reliable weapon... I carry the Glock as it is issue, but also consider it a fine
weapon. My carry gun has jammed on me one time, which is not bad considering I shoot several thousand rounds a year through it alone.
Find what your comfortable with, that you can be accurate with and most of all effective, then find a bullet that matches your environment.
I was not going to mention this because there are new shooters on here, but I'll make a note here..
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS>>>>>>>
I keep 3 rounds of "Rat Shot" and 3 rounds of Jacketed Hollow points in my home gun. I keep the rat shot as the first rounds, then on to the big
stuff... I have cats and could not live with myself if I killed one accidentally ...
I am also experienced and very good... I have also seen what happens to people shot with rat shot at close range...
again.. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS....
Just saying, don't get caught up in the "This is better than this" BS... The fact is it is all personal preference...
In point of fact, I have never been beaten in competition by a Glock.. I've been beaten MANY times, just never lost to a Glock.. Doesn't make them a
bad weapon, in fact I consider them in the top three, again this is just personal preference... All depends on the person...
[edit on 2/5/2008 by semperfortis]