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done in 1907 or thereabouts, the first day, they shot 6 steers in the guts, one with each caliber they had available for testing, 1 shot per minute. All 6 steers were STILL standing after 6 minutes, all were killed with sleghammers. The entire Army Archive Report of this "test" was published in the 1981-82 (I forget) Gun Digest.

The second day, they shot 7 steers,("rapidfire into the chest)2 with the .38 Long Colt, because it had the fastest "drop" of a steer of the 6 calibers, and they couldn't BELIEVE that. :) It was a time of 40 seconds, 80x too slow to be of any help in a fight, and came from a lucky hit that severed the aorta. So all the claims put forward (for the "superiorty" of bullet-diameter-momentum as a stopping power gauge) for DECADES now by Jeff Cooper, Hatcher, Chuck Taylor and the like is based upon NOTHING, man.

They also shot some cadavers that were hung by the neck. They "thought" that the cadavers "twitched a bit more" when hit with the .455 Webley and .476 Eley than with the smaller bores, but no measurements were made, or even attempted. What a JOKE, man. LaGuarde later lied about the tests thru his TEETH, in his book, GUNSHOT INJURIES, too. Many later writers have quoted or based their opinions upon LaGuarde's writings. Hatcher didn't actually check on the basis for LaGuarde's claims. He only considered his "stopping power theory to be a "working hypothesis", used only as a basis for further study. It was Cooper who spread this bs as a "proven fact".
 

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The Thompson-LaGuarde tests were conducted in 1907, for Petes sake. Their methods of testing were crude as was their thinking but that was only 98 years ago. Bring it up to now buddy. What handgun is the Marines adopting? The M1911A1 in 45ACP. They could have had the 400 CorBon or the 356TSW if they had wanted it but they chose the 45ACP. Does that tell you anything?

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