Up until a few months ago, I was not a fan of .45acp at all. As a matter of fact I only collected eastern bloc firearms including the two handguns I owned at the time, one fired 9x18 Makarov and the other 7.62x25 which was my favorite due to its' high penetration ability. The 7.62x25 is the only standard handgun round which can routinely penetrate level 3a body armor and even Kevlar helmets. My logic was, since gangs/criminals were found to be wearing soft body armor more and more (especially living out in LA at the time
) that it was better to be able to punch through the armor or car door and do damage to my attacker than to hit them with a heavier round that doesn't make it through the armor they might be wearing.
Now that I am applying for my CHL and have read the laws regarding liability of innocent bystanders who could be around (or worse behind
) my attacker, I have changed my mind about a need for penetration. I learned that if a round I fire passes through my attacker and strikes someone else, that I am as liable for that shooting as if I were to outright shoot the innocent person without provocation. No thanks..!
So I did a little homework and found that the .45acp (and .40 S&W
) was specifically designed to strike a human and NOT pass through, but rather stay in the body transferring all the energy and damage to that person. I like this a lot better in a "real world" CHL self defense situation. Now the only thing I have to think about is putting rounds on target and as long as I do this correctly I have nothing else to worry about if I ever have to use deadly force to defend myself. Now in a combat zone type scenario, it's what ever you have to do with what ever ammo/resources you have to do it with, but that's a different world altogether.
And I figure that if I ever do engage a threat with my Taurus PT145 MILLENIUM PRO®
8) and my first two or three rounds do not drop them, the Great State of Texas has written it into the CHL laws that I can continue to fire until the threat has stopped, even if this means emptying my mag reloading and continuing to fire. And with the "knockdown" energy transfer power of .45acp, even if my attacker were wearing body armor, past incidents have shown they would likely be suffering severe enough external trauma from the rounds striking the armor that they would be hard pressed to do anything other than feel pain until I could get to a head shot.
Or at least that's my plan. It may not be a "good" plan but it's a plan...