The initial article in this sequence may be found here, and the first update is here. If you haven’t read them, please do so before continuing with this one, otherwise it won’t make too much sense. (I mentioned in the first report the problem with fentanyl in combination with other drugs, which is causing immense problems for law enforcement. A California DA has just confirmed the extent of the problem. It makes frightening reading.)
I’ve just about finished ordering and/or swapping for the ammunition I’ll use to test 10mm Auto pistols, and I’ve lined up three Glocks – the full-size Glock 20; the allegedly ‘sub-compact’ (I’d rate it more as a ‘compact’) Glock 29; and the “extra-full-size” Glock 40, complete with a Swampfox reflex sight. I’ve also linked up with handgun hunting aficionado Kat Ainsworth Stevens, who’s written extensively about the 10mm Auto (she’s a big fan), and has 1911-type pistols chambered for it. We’ll get together for a shooting evaluation, and we may even go after a feral hog or two (the round’s plenty powerful enough to take even a big one, and there’s no shortage of them around these parts). If she has time, I’ll ask Kat to write a guest article for this blog about why she likes the cartridge so much.
However, I ran into one snag when ordering ammunition that has me seeing red. Underwood Ammo, maker of some highly regarded rounds for the 10mm, has an archaic and utterly unnecessary restriction on new purchasers who use a different mailing address from their delivery address (in my case, a P O Box, because I don’t want possibly sensitive mail delivered to a point where light-fingered layabouts might steal it). They insist that one sends them a copy of one’s identity document (state ID card, or driver’s license, or passport) to ‘confirm your identity’ before they’ll proceed with your order. (Why they can’t just do an online inquiry to confirm both addresses, I fail to understand – any credit bureau would be able to tell them that.)
In this day and age of identity theft, which is so commonplace as to be a daily threat to everyone, a policy like theirs is – to say the least – monumentally stupid, if not criminally so. I’ve had more than a few people tell me that their ID was stolen from a doctor’s office that kept it on file, and many law enforcement agencies – including, AFAIK, all Federal ones – won’t allow their ID’s to be copied at all, to avoid that risk. For a mere ammo vendor to demand a copy is just plain dumb!!! Their customers have no assurance that it will be properly disposed of when they’re finished with it, and particularly that no unauthorized person might get hold of it. None of the vendors that I routinely use have such a requirement, and I’d stop buying from them if they instituted anything like it.
As a result of Underwood Ammo’s terminally misguided policy, I’m canceling my order with them. Fortunately, I can get the ammo I need from other vendors (take a bow, Buffalo Bore and Tim Sundles, where I’ve been a satisfied customer for many years), so I won’t feel the loss.
Finally, you’ll recall that in the first article of this series, I cited some cop friends who told me bluntly that in their experience, a 9mm service pistol didn’t hit hard enough to stop a hopped-up felon in a hurry – that’s why they were switching to 10mm pistols as ‘backup’ weapons. An incident in Montgomery County, Maryland, a year ago demonstrates why that’s a problem. The attacker wasn’t hopped-up on drugs at all, but was mentally disturbed. The video shows the sheriff’s deputy hitting him ten times at point-blank range (not much more than arm’s length) with rounds from his 9mm service pistol. (Yes, shot placement was probably an issue, but even so – ten rounds???) The offender only stopped his attack after the last hit. In the interim, the deputy took several heavy blows from a big stick the offender was carrying, as did other motorists he assaulted beforehand. Click over to that report to see the video for yourself.
I continue to have confidence in the 9mm round for general self-defense when a modern, efficient, effective round is used, and I carry it myself. I know I can put my rounds where they need to go, if push comes to shove. However, I have to accept that there are times when a smaller, less powerful round just can’t cut it, as illustrated in the video linked above, particularly with imperfect shot placement (something that can affect anybody when the proverbial brown substance hits the rotary air impeller). If a round is powerful enough to get someone’s attention even with imperfect shot placement, that’s a definite advantage.