Originally Posted by Jasmine
I've read up on a lot of CCW sites and they all mention that you don't carry with practice/target rounds in your handgun. The reason being if you feel it necessary to shoot someone, you're supposed to be shooting with the intent to kill, not injure. There have been rare cases where loser DB have won cases against the person protecting themselves under the premise that "you knew it was unlikely to kill/take down them with the practice rounds, so you were purposely using that specific ammo to torture them."
It's a catch 22.
Use FMJ and you were not using an effective round.
Use JHP and the lawyer paints you as a killing machine.
The main handgun ammo caution that I've read about is to avoid frangibles. Same reasoning as buckshot... they CAN still penetrate walls and injure or kill those behind, but they are not guaranteed to penetrate heavy clothing.
Now... on this comment...
you're supposed to be shooting with the intent to kill, not injure
Don't ever say that to anyone other than your own attorney.
You are shooting to stop the immediate threat to your life or the life of another. You will stop shooting when that threat has ended. You will not stop shooting until that threat has ended.
That threat may end any number of ways. The attacker may retreat, he may be disabled, or he may die.
This isn't Hollywood. One bullet isn't going to drop anybody.
Even a direct hit to the heart, he's not going to die for 4 minutes.
That will seem like HOURS!
The only way to "drop" an attacker is a CNS hit... are you good enough to make a clean headshot, or spinal column? Not many are. Thank God Gabby Giffords and Jim Brady survived headshots.