Pistol Caliber Carbines – Are They a Viable Option?

Ever wonder about the effectiveness of pistol caliber carbines? I have. In this article on the Shooting Illustrated website you can see what I learned. The terminal bullet performance tests in gelatin might surprise you.



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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to Pistol Caliber Carbines – Are They a Viable Option?

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    Jeff Cooper opined more than once that the 10 mm Mag would make and excellent cartridge for a handgun caliber carbine. I expect the CorBon loads with the Barnes bullets would be a good penetrator as they do well in handguns…jim

  2. John in KS says:

    Great article, Richard. I think it’s a subject that truly needed some coverage.

    Just curious, why were no 230 grain loads tested in .45 ACP? Too much penetration?


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