.45 Colt, .44 Special, .38 Super (Old-School Hunters and Gunfighters)

In 2017, the FBI stunned the defensive shooting world. They abandoned the .40 Smith & Wesson, a cartridge to which the Bureau had given birth in the 1990s, and announced their agents would now carry 9mm pistols. Cue the never ending debate whether the 9mm, .45 ACP, or some mid-bore (10mm, .40 S&W, take your pick) is the optimum defensive handgun cartridge.

The debate, driven ever more intense by the internet, has become so narrow, we’ve forgotten three cartridges which fulfilled this mission, plus dropped deer and bears, for almost a century and a half. The .45 Colt, .44 Special, and .38 Super are…  Read More



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