In the late 90's, I attended an Officer's survival course where real life Officers described there shooting histories in gunfights. The one that sticks in my mind, is a DEA Officer's description of a a drug bust gone wrong. Agent # 1 was transacting the deal with BG #1, when Agent #2 showed his face at the window of the ground floor apartment. BG#1 drew a .357 revolver, (make not stated) and fired a shot at Agent #2. He missed, and Agent #1 drew his .45 Colt and fired three shots into BG #1. BG#1 ones two friends ran into the room and started shooting. BG #2 missed with three rounds of 9MM, but BG #3 hit Agent #1 with a round of from his Star .45, in the right thigh. Agent #1 stated "it felt like my leg was blown off." His back up had kicked in the door at the first shot and then shot BG#2 and BG#3 with two rounds each from a Beretta 92FS with 124 Grain Hydra-Shoks. Agent #1 stated "They were dead before they hit the floor." So what does this story tell us? Agent #1 later said "the light went out of his eyes after the first shot, but he still turned on me so I shot again." What I think is have a proper weapon, but shooting skills, whether they be with .45, 9MM, .357, or .380 are more important than caliber. I really don't care about .460 Rowlands and split nose bullets. What I care about is staying alive. And Beretta 9's, Taurus 9's, Glock and Colt .45's will keep you that way.