I received an email today from Rangemaster telling the story of a recent shooting involving one of their students:
After Action Report, Student Incident #48 Lilburn, GA, suburb of
Friday, 27 Feb 2009
B—– was at home, working, shortly after 5:00pm. Heard his doorbell
ring,ignored it. Heard someone knock on front door, ignored it and
continued working. Heard pounding on front door, armed himself and
went to investigate.
As he approached foyer, front door was kicked in and two adult male
subjects entered the home. B—– fired 7 rds from a Glock 38 at
BG#1, all 7 rds hit, subject down and DRT. As this was happening,
BG#2 turned and fled.
Police were called, they and DA office responded. B—– found to be
justified, no action taken. Police unable to find BG#2, however, BG’s
left a car on the scene. Police believe this was 5th-6th burglary of
the day for these two. Guns, TV’s, etc from several burglaries were
found in the BG’s car.
B—- checked in 3 days later. He is fine. Credits training with
getting him through this unhurt, successful in stopping the BG’s, and
mentally OK afterward.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
First off, great job by the homeowner. Scoring 7/7 hits under stress is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
Two things I’d like to point out.
The world is not revolver-friendly.
(Credit to Unix-Jedi for the pithy motto.)
Seven shots fired with seven hits. It is reasonable to assume that, since the homeowner has been cleared of any wrongdoing, he did not shoot the bad guy once, then fire six rounds into his crumpled body. If the homeowner had been armed with a five or six-shot revolver, he presumably would have gone “click, click” for the last two shots which may or may not have been needed to stop the first guy. Assuming the first guy stopped afer five or six rounds, the homeowner would still be out of shooty goodness to bestow on the second bad guy. As it was, the Glock 38′s capacity of 8 + 1 left the homeowner with all of two rounds after part one of the fight. I’m not going to say that you’re unarmed if you carry a revolver or a single-stack pistol, but you need to be acutely aware of your limited ammunition. The email says the homeowner armed himself… I wonder if he thought to stick a magazine in his pocket?
Handguns Suck for Self-Defense.
The only reason we keep handguns around is because they are portable and concealable. Note that the Glock 38 is a .45 GAP handgun, and yet it took seven rounds to stop the bad guy. I’ve been subjected to rants from Rangemaster instructors at classes that the 9mm cartrige is the bare minimum adequate handgun round for self defense. What they should have been saying is that handguns in general are barely adequate for self-defense compared to, say, a shotgun or rifle. I have no problem with the homeowner in this case, but I’d like to call Rangemaster out on their silly distaste for any caliber not begining with 4. Had this shooting taken place with seven rounds of 9mm or even, gasp, .380, we undoubtedly would have heard a sermon about the puny Europellet. The lack of commentary about the number of rounds from a mighty .45 should give you pause when listening to caliber preaching.