That’s right, friends. Pistols are shitty weapons.
Now, I know you’ve been told otherwise. You’ve been deceived. There’s just no other way to put it.
You’ve Been Deceived
Television, movies, and video games would have you believe that a pistol is a howitzer. One shot and whatever unlucky bastard caught that bullet is going to fold like a hotel maid.
Remember what Clint Eastwood said?
Sure, a .44 Magnum will kill you dead. So would a .22 or a 9mm. This isn’t about being lethal. It’s about being effective.
Anyone who thinks a handgun is an effective weapon has been deceived.
I don’t want you to be deceived like them. Here are 5 reasons why pistols are shitty weapons.
1. Pistols Are Shitty Weapons Because They Are Low Threat
We carry a pistol because we can’t fit a shotgun in our pocket.
The FBI has been telling us for years that most gunfights are at extremely close range. We all know the shotgun is the king of up close and personal combat.
A pistol has to be small or we’re not going to carry it. Now, I’ve carried huge guns. Most people won’t. Most people carry small guns and that’s a fact.
What we call small doesn’t matter here. Small just means you’re likely to have it on you when you need it. Small is good.
But small isn’t scary.
A shotgun or a rifle is a better weapon than a pistol. Any crook with ice in his veins knows that. He might survive a pistol wound but a 12 gauge will cripple him.
I’ll never tell you that you should try to intimidate an attacker. If you pull a gun, you better be ready to use it. If you aren’t, someone’s going to take it from you and beat your head in with it.
Pistols are low threat.
A pistol has less psychological impact than a rifle or shotgun. No one wants a hole in them, sure. Anyone who really knows guns knows the rest of this list, though.
The rest of this list makes you realize the pistol is a low threat weapon. A knife is more dangerous than a pistol. Ever heard someone say you shouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight?
Those people are called “idiots”. They think a knife is a shitty weapon because they don’t know pistols are shitty weapons.
2. Pistols Are Shitty Weapons Because They Are Hard To Shoot
Pistols are hard to shoot. That’s great news for the ammo companies. Why?
Because you have to shoot a lot to get skilled. Then you have to shoot a lot to maintain that skill. That’s more money for them.
I don’t have anything against them, though. They’re not making pistols hard to shoot. What does?
Places where you make contact with the gun. Pistols have 1.5 contact points. Rifles and shotguns have 4.
When you grip a pistol in your dominant hand, that’s one full contact point. When you wrap your support hand around your firing hand, only half of it touches the gun. You’re getting some support there, but not much.
When you shoulder a rifle or shotgun, that’s one full contact point. Your firing hand gripping the pistol grip is another. Your non-firing hand around the fore-end makes three. Finally, your cheek resting against the stock is the fourth.
It is much, much easier to get accurate with a long arm than a handgun. You physically control more of the gun. It’s going to move less when you press the trigger.
Missing a shot is what happens when you moved the gun after you pressed the trigger. Moving a thousandth of an inch translates to several inches of variation at the target.
3. Pistols Are Shitty Weapons Because They Have Short Barrels
If you’re smart, you probably carry jacketed hollow points in your handgun. Why is that smart?
Because full metal jacketed ammo will over-penetrate. Over-penetration is over-hyped, but it’s still a real concern. You don’t want to ventilate the poor bastard behind the bad guy.
Jacketed Hollow Points aren’t devastating bullets. That’s just marketing. They simply open up when they enter the body.
The bullet loses energy as it opens up. They are designed to stay in the body of the bad guy they were meant for. This also means none of the bullet’s energy is wasted.
Jacketed hollow points work by velocity.
How aggressively they expand and how fast they stop are tied to their velocity. How much velocity they retain from the moment they are fired to the moment they hit the target.
When a bullet is fired, gases inside the cartridge case expand. The gasses push the bullet out of the case. The rifling cut into the barrel makes the bullet spin like a football.
As the bullet spins, it stabilizes and becomes accurate. As the bullet spins, it gains velocity. The longer the barrel, the longer the spin-up.
Pistols are shitty weapons because they have short barrels. They have to, because they have to be concealable. This means two things.
- If a cartridge is optimized for a longer barrel than the gun has, the bullet doesn’t fully stabilize. The way around this is barrel twist rate. Make sure your twist rate will stabilize your bullet. Certain twist rates are ideal for certain grain weights of bullets.
- A jacketed hollow point is designed to operate within a range of velocities. If your barrel isn’t long enough, performance will suffer. This is why “short barrel loads” exist.
When you put the same jacketed hollow point into a pistol caliber carbine, velocity increases. How much it increases can vary, but it definitely increases. That means more aggressive expansion and higher accuracy.
By virtue of the pistol’s short barrel, there’s only so much stabilization and velocity can increase. This makes the pistol a shitty weapon compared to the rifle.
4. Pistols Are Shitty Weapons Because They Chamber Weak Rounds
You already know that the pistol gives less velocity. If you fire a .44 Magnum from a rifle, it gives much better performance than out of a revolver.
What you may not know is that pistol and revolver calibers are weak by necessity. If you chamber a handgun in a rifle round, the recoil impulse would be insane.
If you made a concealable handgun that fired a rifle round, no one would buy it. It would be inaccurate and impossible to shoot.
Here are some numbers to show what I mean. Both of these rounds were originally designed for anti-personnel use.
- Bullet Weight: 230 Grains
- Velocity: 845 Feet Per Second
- Muzzle Energy: 365 Foot/Pounds
- Bullet Weight: 150 Grains
- Velocity: 2,910 Feet Per Second
- Muzzle Energy: 2,820 Foot/Pounds
The difference is huge. There is no comparison. Pistol rounds are not rifle rounds. Rifle rounds are much more powerful.
5. Pistols are Shitty Weapons Because They Are Ineffective
Ineffective how, you ask? They can kill, sure. But you might be forgetting something:
The goal of the armed citizen is to stop the threat, not to kill.
Whether or not the threat is killed is completely irrelevant. All that matters is that they stopped doing whatever they were doing that warranted being shot.
Now, I’ve never shot a human being. I’ve shot a lot of animals, though. I’ve observed what happens when you shoot them.
Real World Results
Here’s what happens when you shoot something with a pistol.
- The little bullet impacts the target.
- The little bullet cuts a little hole.
- May or may not penetrate 100%.
- The exit hole is slightly larger than the entrance hole.
- Creates some perforation from dumping a little energy.
- Results = ???
Here’s what happens when you shoot something with a rifle.
- The little bullet impacts the target.
- The little bullet cuts a little hole.
- Your bullet takes blood and pulverized organs with it out the other side.
- The exit hole is fucking massive.
- The insides of the target are a soupy mess from massive hydrostatic shock.
- Results = Stopping Power Actually Exists in Rifles.
Here’s what happens when you shoot something with a shotgun.
- Several little bullets or one big ass bullet impact the target.
- Either several little holes or one big ass hole are cut.
- Penetration mimics either several pistols or one big ass rifle.
- Shot doesn’t usually leave an exit hole, slugs leave a massive one.
- The insides of the target are a soupy mess from massive hydrostatic shock
- Results = Like several pistols shot simultaneously or like a bigger, slower rifle.
These are real world results on real deer. I didn’t masturbate to ballistics charts to learn this. I went out into the world and shot things and ate them.
Why is this relevant? Deer are a good test because they’re roughly human sized. Deer take a lot more killing than people do, but killing isn’t the goal here.
The results I’ve gotten out in the real world make me a lot less likely to listen to keyboard commandos. I’ve seen how things work in real life.
Survey Says: Pistols are Shitty Weapons
Pistols are small, easy to carry, and likely to be with you when you need them. They aren’t proper fighting tools. They aren’t devastating cannons.
The differences between one caliber and the next don’t matter. The platform and action type don’t matter. Pistols aren’t rifles and shotguns.
Anyone with any real world experience knows that pistols don’t make great weapons. If you knew that danger was coming to find you, you wouldn’t grab a pistol. You’d grab a rifle and call all your friends with rifles.
What does this mean for you?
It means you can quit mentally masturbating about pistols and seek the optimal solution. Be as armed as you can, but don’t harbor delusions about how effective your handgun is.
Living Free is far more important than Packing Iron. Never let your decision to keep an iron insurance policy impact your freedom.