Oh He Went There… TYM On Why .45 ACP “Sucks” for Self Defense

    One typically likes The Yankee Marshall for the same reasons they like (or don’t like) Donald Trump. He’s brash, opinionated, outspoken, and occasionally has truly resonating moments with one personally. Metaphor aside, Mr. Yankee stands up for a belief that he is passionate about, that the .45 ACP, while a great cartridge, “sucks” for self-defense (relatively speaking).

    Before I started watching the video my gut reaction was “Yankee’s gone off his meds again, but this will be entertaining.” Entertaining it was, but whatever Yankee was taking he should stay off of it, as I agree with him, the .45 ACP is not an ideal self-defense cartridge.

    Now, before one gets all riled up, I do fully and knowing cede that the .45 ACP has taken a few bad guys from the face of the planet. Further, it’s served well as a US Military cartridge across pretty much every continent. Fat and slow does get-r-done.

    That said, technology has come a long way in the century-plus since the .45 was invented. Simply put, modern designs, metallurgy, hollow-points, and practicality have pushed other calibers to the fore as the “best” in a respective category. In any category I can think of, the .45 is not typically near the top and on the whole, the fat part really works against it. Reduced capacity and higher recoil make the cartridge an uneasy choice for those who are working with compact handguns for concealed carry.

    What say you? Are Yankee and yours truly off their rockers or is this something that, while not openly said (for fear of 1911 guy’s wrath) has a strong leg to stand on?

    Phil Note: Blasphemy:-)

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.