Thought you might like to see a story from last night. Officer gets shot 4 times and chases down perp that HE shoots 4 times and they're both in stable condition at hospital. Just impossible to know what'll happen when you shoot someone or are the one getting shot. Cop was wearing a vest which stopped one so it may have saved his life.
Btw, love the blog.
These things happen all the time. Not surprised at all that the cop survived and managed to shoot back.
Even a level II body armor will have no problem stopping the soft 22LR, and there’s no blunt trauma to recuperate from as you would if shot with a big bore caliber (9mm or bigger) . As for the criminal, we just don’t know where he was shot, but again surviving after getting shot 4 times happens often enough. You really can’t count on one shot stops with handguns (or rifles for that matter) you have to train your brain to not expect that and keep shooting until the attacker goes down and is no longer a threat.
I think it was Christmas of 2002, my brother in law’s uncle was shot after exiting the ATM. After he gave up the money they just shot him none the less (some much for that as a way to save your life) , he went down and they just kept shooting him. He tried to cover himself with his arms, so they’re not sure how many times they shot him, around 5 or 9 shots of 9mm FMJ based on the holes in his body and arms. The 9mm FMJ rounds just zipped right through him. He barely survived, and after several months hospitalized and a couple feet less of intestine ( and some very gruesome scars) he survived.
You can expect much better stopping power from premium brand JHP big bore calibers, but don’t really count on it.