Thanks Rolex. I enjoy discussions such as these, especially when people may disagree and a friendly debate is carried on.
Honestly I don't know a heck of a lot about firearms. It's only in the last four years or so that I've done research and built some knowledge, but I'm Seventeen to give me some credit, haha The problem I see is that a lot of kids joke around about guns when most of them have never even seen one let a lone shot one and understood the power behind it. Since I have every intention of carrying on the sport that my Grandfather introduced me to I think it's important that I get a good understanding of what I'm using so I never make a serious mistake.
Anyhow, I fortunately don't know what it's like to be shot, regardless of bullitt calibre. My Grandfather was an MP during the second world war and while he was not shot, he was stabbed once while breaking up a bar fight. He's not a man of many words, but then again he's 86 so I'm not expecting much, but he said it hurt like a f*cker. I imagine getting hit by a bullitt would as well.
I guess in my opinion is that when it comes to using a handgun it's close range. The .357 revolver we have isn't really for anything past 10 yards or so (it's a 2 inch barrel), and the rest aren't much farther. I'm a pretty good shot with the .22 pistols that we have but then again most people are. One of the main reasons I stand behind the .45 so much is because of some of the stories I have heard from people who have used it. World war two, Korea and Vietnam vets whom I have personally met have sworn by it. Proven to work by generation after generation. Honestly, I can't say the same for the 9mm. I've spoken with vet's and cops alike who don't trust the 9mm and even carry their own pistol which they paid for themself because they don't trust it. I shoot at paper targets, not people, so what I'm saying here is pretty much heresay, but when people who have been in combat under fire or have come to the point where they needed to draw their pistol and felt secure and confident when using it instead of doubtful I'll listen.
Just my .02 cents, feel free to disagree