Category Archives: Ballistics


As a follow-up to my CAN THE .40 SMITH AND WESSON SURVIVE? article, I thought that I would touch on some thoughts about the 10mm cartridge. Imagine, if you will, a 185-grain bullet in .45 caliber traveling at 995 fps. … Continue reading


The primary argument over the years was between the 9mm and the .45 ACP, and which was the best round for self-defense. Now, we see continuing arguments between the 9mm, .40 Smith and Wesson, and the .45 ACP with all … Continue reading

Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum, 4.20-inch Barrel, SS

I had owned a Ruger Redhawk in the past, but it was sold during hard times. It was one of those revolvers that I regretted selling, but I could not live in it, drive it, or eat it so it … Continue reading

What the World Needs is a 45…

The 9mm has its short and long, as does the 10mm, so why not the 11mm? What are we, the red-headed stepchild? The 11 mm does, indeed, have a short and long. The short is the ever-popular .45 ACP. The … Continue reading


Common Handgun Defensive Calibers The three most common defensive pistol caliber cartridge categories in use today are the 9mm, 10mm, and 11.43mm. We further divide them into the common 9mm Short (.380 ACP), the 10mm short (.40 Smith and Wesson); … Continue reading

Springfield Armory XDm 40 4.5 (XDM9202HCE) My belated look at the 10mm “Kurz” (10x22 Smith and Wesson)

“The energy of the .40 S&W exceeds standard-pressure .45 ACP loadings, generating between 350 foot-pounds (470 J) and 500 foot-pounds (680 J) of energy, depending on bullet weight. Both the .40 S&W and the 9mm Parabellum operate at a 35,000 … Continue reading

My ‘Emotional Support’ 1911! The .45 ACP and Those Other Calibers!

I was recently reading an article about a former Marine that was attacked in his front yard by four armed men, in the driveway of his home, with his family in the house. The entire article can be read in … Continue reading

.308 Custom Loading Hornady 180-grain SST

Manufacturing your own ammunition (shot shell, rifle and/or handgun) is an interesting hobby (and sometimes passion) for an interesting breed of folks. Back when I was competing with my department with the S&W 686 revolver, I wasn’t satisfied with the … Continue reading

‘Cause They Don’t Make a 46! (A Satirical Viewpoint About Caliber)

A favorite of those who carry a pistol chambered in .45 ACP is, “I carry a 45 because they don’t make a 46!” When a police chief was asked why his officers had shot a man 100 times his response … Continue reading