We’re not trying to pick on the .40 S&W. I swear.
It’s just coincidence that last week we came across a story about a woman’s breast implant deflecting a .40-caliber projectile and now, this week, we found another article detailing a head-turning situation involving the popular self-defense round.
Published in lawofficer.com is a story called “Officer Down: The Peter Soulis Incident,” which ran back in February.
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It details a harrowing gunfight where a wounded officer needed as many as 22 rounds of .40 to bring down an armed assailant — 17 of which struck center mass.
You should read the whole thing if you have a moment. But here is the gist from author Brian McKenna:
Remarkably, Palmer had taken 22 hits from Soulis’ .40-caliber Glock, 17 of which had hit center mass. Despite the fact that the weapon had been loaded with Ranger SXTs considered by many to be one of the best man-stoppers available Palmer lived for more than four minutes after the last shot was fired. His autopsy revealed nothing more than a small amount of alcohol in his bloodstream. Although Soulis could not have known it, Palmer was wanted for murder in a neighboring state.
Apocryphal, you say? Maybe. There is a disclaimer that reads, “some facts have been altered slightly, but the essential elements of the story remain unchanged.”
I highly doubt that’s referring to the number of rounds fired, as that’s an integral part of the story. Still, it’d be nice to have some way to verify the encounter, even if it was just a link to a redacted autopsy of the perp to confirm the 17 hits to the chest cavity.
Assuming that it’s all true, though, I think the story definitely reaffirms my position on concealed carry capacity.
Which is very simple. There are no guarantees about capacity, save one: more is better. And that goes for whatever’s in your sidearm, be it .45 ACP, 9mm or .40 S&W.