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Published on Jul 10, 2012
Dr. Andreas Grabinsky (Anesthesiologist) from Seattle, talks about GSW's. He works with the surgeons and trauma team in the OR. He provides a interesting look at ballistics from their perspective. Essentially he considers a handgun wound, a handgun wound, and that common calibers lack power. He also makes distinctions between the types of damage seen from the traditional rifle round and the modern small caliber high velocity rounds.
No, this is not a direct 9mm vs .45 comparison. However it does illustrate how silly the 9, .40, .45 debate is. The Dr. clearly shows the general lack of "power" of the common handgun round. Popular modern service calibers have nearly identical performance and are all built to (and do) perform within the same IWBA and FBI specs. Yes, on paper some rounds do have a ballistic edge over others, often at the expense of capacity, recoil and follow up speed. You can see the insignificance of arguing over 15, 20 or 50ft Lbs energy difference in cartridges making 400- 450ft lbs of energy when a .308 makes nearly 3,000ft lbs. That pretty much puts the insignificance of a 30ft lb difference into perspective.
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Frequency of firearm injuries & fatalities:
Types of firearms used in the US:
Wounding mechanism, and cause of death:
Rifle round visual comparison (5.56, 5.45, 7.62x39, x51):
Bullet weight (5.56 much lighter)
When rifle rounds don't fragmentize:
Larger caliber comparison (.308)
Rifle injuries (Graphic)
Handgun round visual comparison (7.62x39, .45, .40, 9mm, .22, etc):
Wounding Factors (patient size, bullet weight/speed/design)
Wounding Mechanisms (Crush, Stretch)
Bullet Design (Hollow Point)
Vital structures of the body (handguns must penetrate):
Handgun vs. rifle energy:
Reaction to being shot, people are not knocked down:
Video of man's reaction:
Ballistic gel of a handgun (.45)
Patient Example, .40 HP expansion stopped by sternum
"Magic Bullet" - Entrance & Exit wounds
Skin is very resistant
Hypotensive Resuscitation & Advice
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