Have humans become more 'Bulletproof'
Well on the midwatch last night I had some time alone with my thoughts, I know, it was pretty scary:mrgreen: Anyway, I was composing a wishlist of handguns that I want to own and grouping them by caliber. A good bunch of them are military guns that have been used by various countries in many wars and battles. I also noticed that as time went on, the "military" caliber has changed from as small as .32ACP (7.65mm) in such platforms as the Walther PP to .38 spl to .380 and to 9mm and .45 I think some countries used to not let civilians own guns over a certain caliber due to being a military round. What defines it as a military round? And if it is good enough for the military in the '30s to use with ball ammo, why is .32auto these days looked down upon as being too small and not having enough 'stopping power'? Is it due to advances in medicine? Did people die more often back in the day from smaller bullets? It seemed to work 50 years ago for the German Police and other countries, why is it obselete now? Is the increase in caliber due to narcotics being more common in recent years so therefore we need 'more powerful' bullets to stop a threat. Do we need more powerful handguns these days for CCW to ensure our attackers cannot testify and win against us in court due to the legal system giving more rights to our assailants than to the average Joe trying to protect himself? Are we going to carry larger caliber guns in the next 50 years? Back in the day pocket guns were .25Auto like the Colt vest pocket model 1908 (another on my list) It may also be because of increases in technology and metallurgy that we can make more powerful weapons.
Conversely, I noticed Rifle calibers are on the fall. WWI and WWII saw us using the .30-06 in the Springfield 1903 and the M1 Garand. The caliber went down to .308 with the M-14 and M1A during the Korean war and early Vietnam. Middle and late Vietnam to present, we adopted the .223 in the M-16. Is the caliber going to drop again in the future? It seems we are trading velocity and caliber for more ammo. Is this because the military standards for marksmanship are going down so now the average soldier needs more ammo to hit his target? What about penetration through cover. Especially in todays modern urban combat, I've heard stories of troops shooting at the enemy who were behind brick walls and not being able to do any damage. Give those guys a .30-06 and that fight would be over fast.
Does all of this sound funny to you? I know, I was bored and asked myself a lot of questions, but it's curious isn't it. What are your thoughts? :smt1099