You need to check this out. Dashcam video of an Oregon trooper shootout on the side of the road.
The guy was pulled over for whatever reason. He then started firing at the trooper who fired back. They guy was hit in the chest. I believe there is a moment in the video where you can see his clothes move so you can tell it's the moment he was hit. Didn't knock him back or anything. He was able to keep firing, then get back in his car. He was hit so severely that he died 1/2 a mile away. Toxicology tests would determine if he had anything in his system that allowed him to take the hit.
This is a perfect example of not only choosing the right caliber but the right load and bullet type. Would love to know what type of round the police officer used. Whatever he had, it didn't have that much stopping power.
Thanks for your email. The pistol was a Glock in 40S&W, ammo used was some quality JHP with good stopping power reputation. I’m more curious about exactly where he got shot in the torso. That tends to matter more than the caliber and brand of ammo.
This video has several important lessons:
1)The suspect was hit only once in the chest with a 40 S&W (expect to miss in a gunfight… a lot) and even though he was later found dead he clearly was still capable of both shooting back and escaping. Guns aren’t death rays people. Carry a powerful caliber that you can handle and shoot fast and accurately but fully expect to continue shooting until the threat is stopped.
2)The officer did everything he was supposed to. He saw the strange behavior, the hands behind his back, but kept his cool until he saw that the suspect was armed. Wit and quick reaction saved the officers life, even though he did get shot he’s in no danger, probably thanks to body armor. Body Armor is a great thing to have when there's a chance of getting shot. Still something very much overlooked by most people.
3)Everything that can go wrong will most likely go wrong in a gunfight. The suspect accidentally engages the magazine release and drops the magazine of his weapon, something that may have saved the officers life. Think about that next time you consider changing your Glocks tiny mag release for an extended tacticool one you were told all high speed low drag operators use!