The Art of War is a book that I’ve read many times through. The book is simple and straight forward, much like Sun Tzu’s tactics. One of the things he teaches, is to hit first, and to hit so hard that the enemy is unable to hit back.
Many Trainers don’t quite stress this enough in their training. In a gunfight, there is an exchange of gunfire between the two combatants. The most important shots are the first shots. Trainers, even myself, stress speed of the follow up shots. Which is fine. But a fight can be ended before it begins if your first shot out of the holster is quick and directly on target. Especially if you are firing a round of sufficient caliber.
I’ll leave the definition of “Sufficient” to the reader. To me, sufficient is a .40 or .45 caliber. To a good friend of mine, it’s a .44 Magnum. You can’t argue with that. Unless your gunfighting armed sentient Rhinoceros, that’s a lot of gun. Following Sun Tzu’s teaching, he just might be the most “correct”. Some guys I know use 9mm. A lot of trainers advocated 9mm because they can hit the target multiple times in a very short period of time… Lots and Fast is fine, but regardless of how fast you shoot, you are still only shooting one round at a time. Why not make that one round a potent one? If it seems like I’m trying to talk myself into a .44 Mag… I’m not. I’ve already done that. I’m just reviewing my train of thought. I need a .44 Mag, probably around 4.5 inches with some good comfortable grips, and a gold bead front sight. This will match my Lever Action that I’m going to be getting soon enough.