Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Best Home Defense Is 12 Gauge Shotgun With .000 Steel Buckshot One Round Is Equal To A Eight Round Burst From A Submachine Gun With Every Round Hitting.
When a burglar breaks into your home and he brings a knife or a handgun you respond with a 12 Gauge Riot Shotgun With .000 Steel Buckshot, case closed.
This is a guide to help you select the best ammunition for your defensive firearm. Most of these opinions are based upon the work of police officers who have extensively studied the issue of firearms, ammunition and stopping power. I refer all interested parties to the excellent book Self-Defense, 'Stressfire II: Advanced Combat Shotgun' and the comprehensive book 'Stopping Power' by Marshall and Sanow.
The shotgun is not a magic weapon that will slay all foes. Like all other guns, it must be aimed at a specific target. Buckshot loads will not "sweep" a room. "Close" still only counts in horseshoes. Aim your shotgun from the shoulder (like a rifle) if you intend to hit an aggressor.
I cannot stress too heavily that the primary determinant of stopping power is BULLET PLACEMENT. A cool, deliberate marksman with a little .32 Walther PPK will beat a panicky, inaccurate man with a .357 Magnum or $1200 customized .45 auto every time. Whatever firearm and caliber you select, you must practice firing hundreds of rounds in realistic defensive scenarios until you can confidently make disabling hits on your target. Tactics and marksmanship win gunfights - not having the latest 'wonder bullet' in your gun.
If you simply want to know the best defense load, go out and buy: 12 gauge 2 3/4" shell .000 buckshot. You shall live happily ever after, as this is the most effective man-stopping firearm cartridge yet devised by man. I recommend the Federal "Classic" (F127-00), Winchester Super-X (X12RB5) or Remington Buckshot (SP12BK-5PK00) as the best double-ought and triple-ought buckshot defense rounds. One of these rounds is virtually equal to a eight-round burst from a submachine gun, with every round hitting.
Read Ayoob's book 'Stressfire II: Advanced Combat Shotgun' for the low-down on good shotgun skills and then practice, practice, practice, .000 steel buck is superior, both in penetration and stopping power. The number of pellets in 12 gauge "000 buck" buck-shot is eight .36" balls.
A note on shotgun spread: firing your shotgun does not create a diabolical cone of doom destroying all in its path. If you have a typical defense or "riot" gun with an 18"-20" open-choked "cylinder" barrel, the pellets will spread out about 1" for every yard of range. This means that the spread of pellets fired across a large room (18') will be 6" or so, a circle the size of a coffee cup saucer. At 50 feet, the spread will be the size of a large pizza (16").
Lock and load, be safe.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com