Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition Paperback – March 1, 2001
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About the Author
Cpl. Ed Sanow is the senior reserve deputy and a 14-year veteran with the Benton County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department. He is a Team Leader with the Benton County Multiagency Response Team and the field training officer for the reserve force. Sanow is the author of more than 1,000 articles on ammunition and stopping power. In October 2000, he became the editor of Law and Order magazine
- Publisher : Paladin Press (March 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 158160128X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1581601282
- Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,035,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although the ballistic information can get repetitive and boring. It is very good information to have when deciding what to get, assuming you can find it during the current shortages, for what ever purpose you plan.
The most interesting part I found was the real life accounts. Although my copy that I ordered was missing the end of one story and the beginning of another. Paladin Press was very kind when I reported this to them. They sent me a second copy with the complete stories in it. And, a $25.00 gift card as well.
I think if you want to know about the ballistic qualities of ammunition to stop an attacker you can not do better than this book.
True, stopping power is not an exact science as there are so many variables, but the authors acknowledge this.
Basically, it looks to me like many folks depend entirely on lab results, loving the repeatability they can achieve when in the lab (the "Jell-O Junkies"). 'Course, we all know when it comes to real world results, things are often not what they seem in the lab. Looks like these guys got real world results first, THEN took the same ammo to the lab to see how it tested. Since they know what works in the field, hopefully bullets can now be designed in the lab using the lab characteristics of real world stoppers as a baseline.
As one who tends to come down on the side of real world results (ignore the real world at your own peril!), I like their methodology!
Top reviews from other countries
Of course, some information is outdated by now, new improved bullets/cartridges have been introduced by almost all of the major manufacturers, other bullets have dissapeared from the market. However, this book is nonetheless a valuable resource of basic information, not to say education, for a "ballistic layman" like me. At the end they included descriptions of actual gunfights that brings us back from the world of "tech-talk" into the real world, reminding us of the far reaching consequences of the use of firearms. I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a comprehensive insight into terminal ballistic effects of handguns.