Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Tim Gramins. He works for a suburban PD and a few years ago had a rather lively encounter with a bank robber on the suburban Chicago streets of Lincolnwood, IL. The bad guy popped out of his car and attempted to ambush Tim.
Tim fired back. A lot.
While you hear about officers emptying their magazine and barely hitting their intended targets, Officer Gramins hit his attacker.
With .45 ACP 230-grain Gold Dot jacketed hollow points.
In fact, after 11 hits, about a third of which were fatal – just not fatal enough, fast enough – Gramins put three in the face of his would-be killer to end the assault. Yeah, that’ll do it.
In the end, Gramins was left with 4 rounds… one in the pipe and three in the magazine.
Today, he carries 145 rounds while on duty. He’s learned from his experience.
And honestly, he’s the reason I typically carry 46 each day for my usual primary sidearm as a private person going about my business. Yeah, sometimes like today I only carry 25 when I’m travelling light or when I need to practice deep concealment. But usually I’ve got 46.
Here’s our Northwest Chicagoland Regional Director Marcus (The Firearm Mentor) Melnick’s video of Mr. Gramins’ presentation. Darn, I’m really sorry I missed this one. (And give The Firearm Mentor a “subscribe”).
This guy Gramins is a legend in the law enforcement and training communities.
Here’s the interview Mas Ayoob did with him a couple years ago.
And last but not least, for the “too long; didn’t watch” crowd, here’s a short synopsis from Donut Operator.