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Lately, I have been hearing a lot of conversation about "Defensive Rounds" and how they are different from the bullets I use at the range. Here is an article I found, to help explain the matter.
Secrets for the Best Personal Defense Cartridge
By David L. Williams

Each piece of equipment we use for personal defense is a tool. And as with all tools, we have to consider the design and purpose of the tool and ensure we are putting it to the proper use to be effective. It’s possible to dig a hole with a claw hammer, but it’s not the most effective or efficient method. A shovel can put a nail in a board, but it’s not the best way to do it.

Left to right: full metal jacket round, traditional hollow point, and more modern personal-defense round with polymer tip.A handgun cartridge was designed to do one thing, but not what most people think. The term “knock-down” power is the most misleading term in personal defense. There is no handgun cartridge with the capability to “knock down” a man. I also submit to you that no handgun bullet in history was ever designed to knock a man down.

Throughout history, there have been two primary types of weapons:

  1. Impact weapons
  2. Cutting weapons
If we keep this in perspective, it will help us choose the best tool for our purpose in self-defense. Impact weapons are designed to hit the target with sufficient focused energy to destroy the target or stop the target from moving. A large-scale example is the MOAB, or Mother Of All Bombs. The MOAB uses explosive energy alone, with no shrapnel, to destroy targets.

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