I’ve seen a lot of talk about the ‘limited’ damage capabilities of the 5.56mm round, when compared to ‘real’ rounds like the .308 or 7.62 and the like. I always dismissed the claims, and now I have seen proof. Here are some graphic images (if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, or just don’t want to ruin your appetite, don’t look at them) of a 5.56mm round fired from a police officer’s M-16. Shooter was across the street from the target. The bone was not hit by the bullet, but rather broken due to the hydrostatic pressure.
I also hear claims of not being a man unless you’re carrying a .45ACP, but lots of people have been killed with .22lr bullets. I know that I wouldn’t want to be shot with a ‘whimpy’ .22lr. No handgun round is going to knock down an assailant. It’s shot placement that matters.