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Old 10-23-2015, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by DWalt View Post
FBI's stated rationale (greatly simplified) for the 9mm:

Higher magazine capacity.
Better accuracy, even during rapid fire, vs. the .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
Bullet placement and adequate penetration to reach vital areas trump everything else, regardless of cartridge.
Modern 9mm bullet designs will duplicate the terminal performance of bullets from the .40 S&W or .45 ACP in tissue.
Makes perfect sense to me. The 9MM of today is no Silvertip from 1986.

Regarding the 1986 shootout, that shootout became standard training video for probable every academy in the country. I remember watching it as a recruit. So many other "bad luck" things happened to the agents, that them coming out on top was even more testament to their bravery. One agent lost his gun before the fight began. Dove's gun was hit by a bullet so it was out of commission. I seem to remember Grogan losing his glasses, and he was a great shot, so his ability to put them where it counted was compromised.

But in spite of it all, the bad guys were DOA and the good guys won. Yeah, Grogan and Dove gave their lives, but sometimes cops die doing their job. It's a risk we all accept.
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