The Desert Eagle is famed as one of the world's most powerful handguns, but is it really? Let's take a quick look at this fearsome handgun. The Desert Eagle 50 is probably one the best-known handguns of all time. It has made a lot of appearances in films, computer games and popular culture for many years. Although some revolvers can deliver a higher velocity, this handgun is about as powerful as a semi-automatic handgun gets!
Ballistic Effectiveness: Which Handgun Caliber Wins?
Shooting Illustrated | Ballistic Effectiveness: Which Handgun Caliber Wins?
Surely an AR or AK can get the job done much more effectively, right? If you need a home defense gun that will be used primarily in open space to secure perimeters and neutralize threats outdoors, the AR and AK are great choices. However, indoor home defense scenarios are a little different. Most pistol caliber carbines are going to be shorter than any long gun, save maybe some of the nice bullpup shotguns and rifles out there. In addition, when comparing a pistol-caliber carbine specifically to the AK, you also get an added benefit of lower recoil.
Best Caliber for Self Defense: 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP?
The age-old question that most of us shooters face is what is the best caliber handgun to carry concealed for self-defense purposes. The question itself and the answer are controversial. Some say the question should not be asked because there are just too many possibilities and variables and caliber is not a primary variable. They say a gun is just a tool and equipment and not as important as the shooter variables, so it depends for any given point in time and situation what is the optimal weapon and caliber. Others say there is not much difference even statistically among the basic calibers, so focus on shot placement and your skills, not the gun or caliber.
There are more pistols being sold now than ever before. Plus, more people are buying pistols as their first gun than they did in years past. Combined with, the explosion of CCW and handgun hunting both happening as new technologies push the envelope in the lethality and terminal performance of handgun rounds, new expectations are being held for old classics.