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Handguns Suck

– [Voiceover] Handguns suck. Now, hold on, hear me out. This really isn’t a
big secret to gun guys, as they know how much
more powerful rifles are, but Hollywood and clueless
politicians make handguns out to be mythical
death-dealing objects that were imbued with demon tears and created by witchcraft. They aren’t, handguns are
an amalgamation of metal, wood, and polymer that
use a chemical reaction that drives small pieces of lead forward. And they do this rather
poorly compared to rifles. Handguns are a compromise. They trade accuracy, velocity,
effective range, capacity, and energy delivery, for one thing, size. It simply isn’t convenient or sensible for police officers, certain
military positions, or civilians, to carry around
a long gun all the time. Of course there are
situations that may call for a rifle or shotgun, and as such, they are issued to
certain police officers, but a police officer’s primary function is not to seek and destroy, but to serve and protect. Carrying a rifle generally
requires special training and qualification in the USA. And in places like Germany,
France, or Australia, a police officer will not get
to handle a rifle on the job, unless they are a member of a specific police unit, akin to SWAT. Basically, if the proverbial
excrement slams into the axiomatic oscillator,
then the rifles come out. Same way for the military
in World War Two. Officers were often issued with
1911’s or Colt 1903 pistols. And in World War One,
commissioned troops in the British military generally
had a 455 caliber revolver, and their French counterparts
relied on Labelle wheel guns. Historically soldiers, the men doing the engaging, had long guns, because they are better
suited for warfare. Of course, there are exceptions to this, such as horse-mounted cavalry. But generally speaking,
the rifle has been king. Well, actually artillery has been king, but that’s another video. As a civilian in my
state, I have the option to carry around a long gun if I want to, as does every other law-abiding citizen, but I’ve never actually
seen anybody do this, that wasn’t making a political statement. Presumably because of how big
a pain in the ass it would be, to do this, and the lack of necessity. After all you’re exponentially more likely to die in a car accident,
than by a gunman. But few people drive around with a Hans device-equipped
helmet, with five point harness, or have any high-performance
driving classes under their belt. People hedge their bets
based on the situations they are most likely to encounter. Most people, and
professionals, carry a handgun because they’re small,
portable, and light. That’s pretty much it. A man wiser than I once said, the only purpose of the
pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle that you
should not have laid down. And that’s more of a jab
at the ineffectiveness of a handgun in a combat
scenario than anything else. But let’s put it in perspective. Grandpa’s semi-auto 308 hunting rifle fires an 11 gram projectile
at 820 meters per second. That results in about 3600 joules. The average nine millimeter handgun fires an eight gram projectile
at 350 meters per second. This give us, 500 joules. That means mathematically, Grandpa’s 308 is seven times more powerful than your run of the
mill military handgun. In a 2012 lecture that
you can watch on Youtube, that I will link to, a Doctor Andreas Grabinsky out of Seattle talks about gunshot wounds. He works with the
surgeons and trauma teams in the operating room. And he provided some information
based on his experiences. Some of the more interesting points are, that six out of seven people survive being shot with a handgun. They simply have low penetration, and the most likely cause of
death, is due to bleeding out. If the victim can get to the ER, it’s very likely they will survive. The doctor also notes that many statistics regarding firearm deaths are skewed by suicides being included. Also, he says that if a
person gets shot with a rifle, there isn’t much they can do, and notes the huge difference between the severity of a rifle wound, and a handgun wound. Perhaps the most interesting
thing said in the presentation, as that the doctor notes
the resistance of human skin to handgun bullets. He says that our skin
is equal to four inches of muscle tissue when it comes to stopping most handgun projectiles. Because of this, many handgun
bullets stop at the muscle. And there’s often no exit wound. Rifles on the other hand, are rifles. So, handguns are a huge compromise. We trade a tremendous
amount of effectiveness for portability, and often concealability. But in most situations your
average person will face, the presence of a handgun
will deter the bad guy. Now there are people who can do some absolutely amazing
things with handguns. Just look at high-level
competition shooters, and see what they can do in capable hands. But there is a reason that if somebody is going into combat to
seek and destroy an enemy, they take a rifle. While said man may have a handgun in tow, for them it’s a backup in
case their primary goes down. Anyway, I want the takeaway of this video to be about the inefficiency
of handguns as a weapon. It really bothers me when
Hollywood, the media, or clueless politicians make handguns out to be the devil’s paintbrush, capable of blasting someone
through a brick wall. They aren’t. They are generally defensive firearms, designed for protection for situations where a long gun, isn’t a viable option. Thank you very much for watching.

100 thoughts on “Handguns Suck

  1. Ive have buddy who is obsessed with pistols. Hes had his ltc less then a year and already has 5 glocks and like 3 other pistols. Me I always tell him the only reason i have pistols(other then my 1911) is because i cant legally carry a rifle or shotgun. If I lived in a free state like you do i would totally carry a long gun.

  2. As an EMT, I was taught that it is easier to tend to a rifle wound than a hand gun wound because a rifle bullet will tend to come right though you body while a hand gun bullet will enter and ricochet throughout your body

  3. I have a feeling your making fun of the webley by showing it multiple times. Don’t talk crap on the webley

  4. Yeah, uh, you just quotes muzzle energy as if it directly equated to stopping power. I'm done. Bye. See you never again.

  5. Simply put, my pistol will not be my primary. Anything a pistol can do, a shotgun can do better. A lot better.

  6. I feel like games have to make them feel balanced by giving them more damage, while politicians think that a pistol has as much power as a .50 BMG

  7. I would fall into the category of when your rifle goes down and the pistol or sidearm is the last resort. Pistols are poor at stopping a threat but a pistol is better than nothing. More often than not a pistol is what we will have because of portability and concealability. Your point as you said is something folks should already know. There are statistics that bear this out showing the percentages of stops of pistols along with pistols versus long guns. The video below breaks down of the percentages. But it might be a revelation to new shooters.

  8. This video made me mad. Your comparing two completely different types of guns that have two different purposes. This is like comparing pencils to pens and saying pencils suck because they don’t write in inc. neither of them suck there just made for two different reasons and that’s the same thing for hand guns and long guns. Handguns are great at doing what there made for and long guns are great for what there made for.

  9. uhhhhhm every police officer in germany has a mp 5 and combat armor for him in his car..
    more than enpugh firepower for germany.

  10. It goes like this;, a rifle can do what any pistol can, not visa versa, shotguns too, no range, but an M-16 will do it all and weighs six pounds.

  11. Guys, come down! he said it's in the very last of the video!

    "They are generally defensive firearms, designed for protection for situations where a long gun, isn't a viable option!"

  12. re: handguns, although I am not this diametric, I can somewhat, under certain circumstances, relate to the statement that the only point of having a handgun is to fight your way back to where your rifle is.

    Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away (as far as I'm concerned, the further away, the better) as a police officer, my off duty weapon was a Colt 2" , "snub nose" .38.

    I HATED it.

    So did everyone else I knew.

    Lousy action. Made monthly qualification more of a torment than it already was.

    We used to talk about these – the general agreement about it was that, unless you were standing in an elevator with the assailant, it was problematic to try to actually HIT anything with it.

    (One wag on the force suggested that I was being too harsh – that, after all, you could THROW it at them).

  13. Btw German Police dont need to be members of groups like the SEK/Sonder Einsatz Kommado (Special Forces Units) to carry guns like the MP5, G36 or even the G3
    Just wanted to point that out

  14. It’s true. My department only has a select few long gun officers, and they all had to go through special training, even my ex marine marksmanship instructor partner, who trained the guy that trains our long gun officers. Personally I think we should all have rifles and shotguns though. I work for a major university police department, chances are if the shit hits the fan it’s going to be an active shooter with a rifle, and then having 1 or 2 officers on shift with a long gun is going to put us all in a bad position.

  15. Would just like to make a point that being more likely to die on a car crash is a bad comparison when there's many more cars being used than weapons even just in the U.S 😉

    Regardless great video to point out fundamental flaws in pistol design 🙂

  16. Dear tfbtv please stop these intentionally stupid titles and literally want to be wannabe controversial topics and make actually interesting videos. No body actually likes these and these comes across just dumb. This was just unnecessary and click baity

  17. This is oxymoron you say pistols suck but they kill more people than rifles do rifles not even 1% compared to all the pistol deaths that's hilarious

  18. Im a gun enthusiast/ NRA member. I think the "open carry people have taken it too far. Testing local cops, scaring innocents ? In what circumstance will u EVER need to open carry an AR-15 or AK 47 ? I concel carry a .25 cal. BERRETA Pistol, with a Glock 17 under the drivers seat. I need nothing else. My 12 ga. shotgun Stays at home where in belongs. Just my opinion

  19. Its bothering me that I have an odd number of handguns, I must buy another..hhmm I don’t have a Beretta 92 yet.

  20. I keep a .308 pistol ready in my apartment for this reason.

    I need penetration through my neighbors walls in case THEY are getting robbed. Gotta look out for the neighbors.

  21. Good video, but I think that the trauma surgeon you quoted was engaging in some rhetorical hyperbole. Skin does not have the resistant capabilities of 4" of muscle, and most handgun bullets penetrate far deeper than a few inches.

  22. I like to carry both. Just get an AR Pistol with a law tactical folding stock adapter (or similar) and throw if in a backpack. Problem solved. May I also recommend a pairing with Speer .223 75 grain bonded soft point and some Hornady 9mm critical duty or defense

  23. I do have more hand guns than rifles how ever my two AR RIFLES ARE SICK ! My hand guns include a few smg style but other than those three there are 26

  24. "there is often no exit wound" That is the point…. use a hollowpoint 9mm round you WANT that to stay inside your target and mess them up from the inside rather than punch straight through.

  25. Cops enforce unconstitutional laws. They are not here to serve and protect. They are employed to enforce the law, no matter how arbitrary. They are merely agents of the state, and should not be respected no more then any other profession.

  26. An old western sheriff once said if he was looking for trouble he'd always carry the long gun. Normal people don't look for trouble…..

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