This week we are going to look at how to choose the best caliber for your needs. To start this off its important to look at the real world application of each caliber to see how they function. We found a great video that breaks down the differences and will help you choose the best caliber for your needs
After watching this video it becomes important to know your personal skills and limitations. Many of these choices come down to your personal experience with a caliber and how proficient you feel with that caliber. It is hard if not impossible to control if your handgun is going to fail and with most modern ammunition you are not going to see a large difference in the damage done by each caliber. So what we can control is our proficiency in handling and fixing failures and also our proficiency in accuracy. Most conversations about stopping power fail to take this into account. While a 45 ACP may be a larger round the difference in damage when striking a vital organ compared to a 9mm is not going to be very large. So which are you more accurate with and how can you build your accuracy with any caliber in order to give yourself a better fighting chance.
The most important thing that you can do is get out and practice with whatever caliber and gun you have decided to use. There are a ton of great training aids and we have shared a few of them in the past. This time we have another great target from Trex-arms.com. This target is called the flinch drill. This target will give you an idea of how well you can control your firearm in a few situations and how good your trigger pull is. You will fire 4 strings of fire on this target, no do overs. First you start from compressed ready, press out and fire one shot at the first circle, reset and do it again. Next you draw and fire one shot at the first circle, reset and do it again. Next you will draw and fire one shot at each circle without resetting. Last you will time yourself drawing and firing one shot at each circle. A smooth trigger press and being able to control your firearm is what will give you success with this target. We would like to see your best runs and how this target helps you to improve your trigger press and control. You can send us pictures or videos on our Facebook (Rockyourglock.com, LLC) and Instagram (@rock_your_glock) pages. Let us know what you think is the best caliber for self defense and why you use it.
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