Reply to "FBI 9mm Shift"

Originally Posted by Dorsai:

Miami was an anomaly, the exception that proved the rule.  The analysis and breakdowns that I've read essentially said that the 9mm Silvertip performed as expected, Platt had a mortal wound when he got out of the vehicle.  Blaming the caliber was a scapegoat rather than racking it up to a problem with the fact that they had poor tactics and planning and were going up against a rifle with handguns.  And the biggie, dedicated opponents.  Platt was a combat veteran from Vietnam (US Army) and Matix was a former Marine and US Army Military Police. 

 

You could as easily place the blame on military veterans.  Or after the N. Hollywood bank robbery/shootout, decide that the police need full auto 7.62x51 rifles with armor piercing ammo at all times.

 

And as was said in the prior post, bullet design has come a long way since 1986.

Exactly, at least in the version the FBI teaches, Platt had a terminal wound as the fight essentially started.

 

When you have on incident of this type every 10 or 20 years, it can be easy to learn the wrong lessons. In my unqualified opinion, this takedown simply wouldn't have happened today, for two primary reasons. One, US government agencies are (rightly) extremely worried about taking violent fights into the public. The second is that the apprehension of these two would have likely been pawned off on local police forces, or pushed up to national (Quantico based) resources. No one wants to be host to the next Miami. The guys who have been around for a while are happy to share stories about how risk averse everyone has become.

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