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Stopping Power In A Handgun?



Define Stopping Power: by Abner Miranda

The argument of stopping power, in relation to firearms, is one that must be set aside. Stopping power begins and ends with 12 gauge shotguns. Everything else is a behavior modifier. Knives, on the other hand, are actually better killers than firearms. Unfortunately knives require you to get in very close to the subject, and you're just asking for trouble in doing so. With a handgun you can can push the subject back by inflicting damage that has not only a physical effect but also an emotional effect brought on by severe pain stimulus. There is now overwhelming proof, in the way of video feeds (cell phones, ATM Cams, Dash Cams, Body Cams) that show that even multiple shots will seldom incapacitate a subject who has focused intent. With this in mind the firearm is ideal in buying you distance, and time, to find the high central nervous system hits needed to ground an attacker and allow you to modify their behavior, and exit the area. Transition to Merrell!



~Abner Miranda is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media. You can see more of Abner’s work on his YouTube channel:


Rene Aguirre

Rene Aguirre is the founder and owner of Bravo Concealment. Rene has been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 8 years and has been a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder for more than 20 years. Finding a high interest in firearms for many years, Rene started Bravo because of the “lack of” a good concealed carry holster on the market.

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