There’s an old axiom among gunnies (believed to be originated with Jeff Cooper):
“If you have a .25, don’t load it. If you load it, don’t carry it. If you carry it, don’t shoot it. If you shoot it, you might hit someone, and make them mad.”
.25s – mouse guns – are widely derided in the self-defense community as underpowered crap.
The Smallest Minority again enters the .25 ACP as stopping power debate.
It’s been said that anecdotal evidence is not evidence.
The expression anecdotal evidence refers to the use of particular instances or concrete examples to support a general claim. Such information (sometimes referred to pejoratively as “hearsay”) may be compelling but does not, in itself, provide proof. (Grammar and Composition – About.com)
Kevin begins: There have been comments to the post below concerning the lack of “stopping power” of the .25ACP cartridge, and I can’t say I disagree with them, but I would like to share one story of how a .25 saved one man’s life.
Within a few seconds of my friend’s car leaving the parking lot, in comes the guy, walking real fast down the main aisle of the store. I’m still waiting on the phone to ring, when he suddenly produces a 3 ft Ninja Sword from behind his back and states “This is a Ninja Sword”, and sticks it into my right shoulder very deeply.
Go read the conclusion of the tale at the link to TSM, above.
A powerful read, and while not evidence, is an example not to be taken lightly.
The First Rule of a Gunfight – Have a gun! – Mark Moritz
h/t Kevin Baker