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performance of WW2 / old west cartridges   General Military Discussion

Started Oct-22 by smg762; 270 views.
smg762

From: smg762

Oct-22

Does anyone have much knowledge of older handguns at WW2 and before...

Did the loads of the original .45 and 9mm match the energy of todays loads, eg. 450ft lbs for a .45 (today)?  

And going back as far as the old west...i read that many of the revolver cartridges had very low energies... on the order of 150ft lbs for example.

Would this have meant that gunfights were often not very lethal?

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Farmplinker

From: Farmplinker

Oct-22

No antibiotics, so a wound could be lethal through infection.

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