Combat Controller sends me this overview, with a single word: “Interesting.”
Theory (based on sample data): revolvers may be more lethal than semi-autos.
Here’s what we’re talking about:
I admit that the numbers used in the article are quite impressive, but I’m a little leery of them because:
- the universe was New Jersey
- only four years’ data
I have another idea, but basically there is no data (as quoted): gun type by caliber.
I could make all sorts of suppositions about this in the absence of that data: handguns are generally loaded with .38 Spec or .357 Mag — most likely .38 Spec, according to a large FBI study which concluded that over a ten-year period of time (nationally), the most commonly-used gun to commit crimes was a S&W .38 revolver. I think we can ignore the outliers: .44 Spec/Mag, .45 ACP and so on.
Automatics, however, come in a plethora of caliber choices: .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP and then the popular ones: 9mm Para, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, with the preponderance likely being towards the 9mm and smaller.
Could it be that the higher lethality of revolvers is because they’re skewed towards the .38 Spec, whereas the autos are more likely loaded with 9mm and smaller calibers?
I don’t know the answers, and I don’t think anyone can know them either, because of the small sampling universe and short time period.
Whatever; I’m comfortable with my choices: 1911 .45 ACP, S&W Mod 65 in .357 Mag, and (backup) S&W Mod 637 in .38 Spec+P.
I’ll be talking about a more interesting recent development in self-defense chamberings later on in the week.