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    Its a great article. I would simply add the following observation.

    The vast majority of police and law enforcement agencies in America which have selected a shooting firearm have used one of the following five calibers.

    1) 38 Special (revolver)
    2) 357 magum (revolver)

    3) 9 mm (auto pistol)
    4) 40 caliber (auto pistol)
    5) 45 acp (auto pistol)

    Within these five calibers there are more then enough variations of bullets and loads to keep anyone happy. Now if you are shooting big game animals, the calculus changes, but these choices will keep most beginners happy.

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    2: Thou shalt practice often.

    This means that you select a weapon and round that you can afford to practice with often. Once a year is not enough, people. I like to get to the range twice a month in the good weather, and typically get through 300-500 rounds. This can get pricey with some calibers, but .357 magnum can chamber the much cheaper .38 special, and low-cost reloads are readily available for most defensive calibers. Bargain hunting is key. Buy in bulk whenever possible. If you canít afford to practice with it, you canít afford to carry it. Guns are not jewelry, take them seriously or donít carry one.
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    Personally, I like big and fast, within the limits of my small self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapper View Post
    I really expected people to be shouting at all the things I got wrong by now...

    Where are the Dirty Harry's and Tactical Ted's?
    Evolution wasn't "clever" in making the human skull thick, and hiding organs behind bone. Its pretty much a random process, with no concious goals or any real conciousness at all.

    No need to thank me.

    Oh, and the bullet stuff was really cool and interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willieo View Post
    Evolution wasn't "clever" in making the human skull thick, and hiding organs behind bone. Its pretty much a random process, with no concious goals or any real conciousness at all.

    No need to thank me.
    Certainly not; itís dead wrong. Itís very true that evolution is unconscious and has no goals. Itís completely untrue that it is random. You may have heard of something called natural selectionóit is a distinctly non-random process.
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    Outstanding sir...
    "Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -- Hericletus, circa 500 BC

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    That whole article just made my day.

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    I can only shout about physics: foot-pounds are units of energy, not force (otherwise what would pounds be?); you can't alter momentum transfer by reducing impulse (the bad guy won't fly back no matter how elastic the collision, unless you fly back the same distance when firing the gun); you consider the speed, not acceleration, of a projectile (or else they would cause undamage, because they only decelerate after leaving the gun); blah blah blah maybe you're a chemical engineer?

    Otherwise good article! I'm-a go get a Desert Eagle will 30 rounds of .22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petter View Post
    it is a distinctly non-random process.
    He means that all genetic combinations are assembled randomly* out of existing genes, even if the following selection of adaptive combinations is non-random.

    *Sexual selection only makes it a little less random, until Gattaca happens.

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    i was actually hoping to read about all the mediafrenzy ammo, like black talons, "armor piercing", and flux capacitor bullets.
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    yeah, normally i'd get a quote, but couldn't be bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Kimbo View Post
    i was actually hoping to read about all the mediafrenzy ammo, like black talons, "armor piercing", and flux capacitor bullets.
    Black Talons were featured on this weeks "Breaking Bad."

    Where were the brass bullets dipped in teflon?
    "Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -- Hericletus, circa 500 BC

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