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  1. A litte history. Back in the 1990s companies like Beretta and Glock were focused on building large semi-automatic handguns with large capacity (for the time) double stack magazines. Then along came the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and the limit of 10 round magazines.

    So what did the Glock do? They focused on building the most powerful handgun possible in the smallest package that was legal at the time. That is why my very small Glock 26 holds 10 rounds of 9mm and hides nicely under my shirt. Same for Glock 27 in 40 S&W. In other words the magazine limit encouraged makers to package a lot of power in very small, high quality handguns.

    It is called the law of unintended consequences.

    Everything in life is a compromise. Before 1994 people were focused on high capacity. After it they focused on getting the most out of the capacity that was legal. Back before law enforcement switched from revolvers there was a lot of focus on shooting skills and getting the most out of the six rounds in your Smith & Wesson revolver.

    With the introduction of double stack semi-autos the focus seemed to shift more to “double tapping” because wound ballistics told police that too often a 9mm didn’t stop a guy hopped up on drugs. The military went that way too, so now my son in the Marines was taught to double tap in the chest with an M16 and follow up with a third shot to the head.

    As something of an “old school” guy I favor the idea that “fast is fancy, but accuracy is fatal.” That is why I carry a 9mm instead of a 45. Figure one hit with a 9mm in the right spot is more likely to save my ass than 3 misses with a 45 or a 10mm. But I am not averse to the idea of two 9’s delivered accurately together.

    Why do police carry handguns, most often today I think in 40 S&W, with fairly large capacity magazines (around 15 or so generally)? The answer is simple. They may only need two or three shots, but they can’t know in advance that they won’t need 30.

    The fact is that most police will spend their whole career and never fire their gun at a criminal, let alone have a criminal fire on them. The fact is that a police officer is more likely to kill himself with his own gun through suicide than be killed by a criminal. The final fact though is that they carry guns with a capacity that they might need in an exceptional circumstance, even though in fact they are very unlikely to ever encounter that circumstance.

    The same is true of non-police who own/carry guns. What police need to protect themselves sets the standard of what a non-police person has a right to use in self defense. You see, criminals for the most part prefer to attack non-police. Most of them don’t go out of their way to get in a gun fight with police.

    So I own a Glock 26 for concealed carry (legally). I own a Glock 19 (15 round mags) also, for home defense (and an AR-15).


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