Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Concealed Carry: When 47 rounds is not Enough

This is a great story, explaining why this cop went from carrying 47 rounds of 45ACP to 145 rounds of 9mm. It just goes to show with a real-world incident why you probably need to carry more ammo and why that 5-shot sunbnose, while sure better than nothing, may still not be enough.

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Sergeant Timothy Gramins went from 45 ACP to 9mm (sacriledge! Right? Well, no) after 14 hits on a lone attacker with his .45 Glock 21, of which six should have been show stoppers (heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney) failed to stop his assailant. And attacker that was not under the influence of narcotics but just very determined to kill him.
He went from a Glock 21 to Glock 17 (Glock 26 as backup). Three spare 17-round  mags and a couple 33-round mags on his vest.
I would have gone with a tad less ammo and more power per round with a Glock 31 in 357SIG, but that’s just me. ;-)
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


Anonymous said...

You forgot the link (or it's not working)

Anonymous said...

until you have to pay for and find 357 sig

Anonymous said...

The key to this entire situation is this statement from the officer involved per the article: "Then I told myself, ‘Hey, I need to slow down and aim better.’”

If you're going to spray and pray, no amount of ammo will be enough. Knowing how to shoot, and being a gun fighter are two different things. This officer initially panicked and "wasted" a fair bit of ammo. The answer is not carrying 100+ rounds of ammo. The answer is to go beyond marksmanship basics with force on force and other stress inoculation training. As Jeff Cooper point out long ago, and has been proven again and again - coolness under fire is vital.