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Stop carrying Winchester Ranger RA9T

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Ford, Jul 30, 2007.

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  1. Ford

    Ford Well-Known Member

    hey guys and gals,
    Just wanted to get a few opinions on this.
    I have been carrying the Win. Ranger RA9T in my Kahr PM9. Well after reading a few articles today about court cases that Massad Ayoob had some capacity in as a expert witness or just helping the defense team I think I am going to switch back to the Speer Gold Dot 115gr. that I was using.

    Now I know that there is nothing wrong with civilians carrying this ammo. I just thought It would make sense to not carry it for a couple reasons.

    1. It is promoted by Winchester as "Law enforcement ammo".
    2. The Reverse taper design. Most of you Im sure know the bad rap of the original black talons with the same basic design.

    So with other good ammo choices out there and having to defend using hollowpoints in the first place, along with the 2 reasons above does it make sense to anyone else to just carry something different to protect yourself from liberal anti-gun attorneys
  2. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    How bout using the "Cop ammo = the best for defense" argument?
  3. vanilla_gorilla

    vanilla_gorilla Well-Known Member

    I still fail to see what the problem with them is.

    I haven't seen where Ayoob has stated such, either.
  4. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I personally think that would be a big mistake to switch for the reasons stated.

    I have talked to an attorney friend here in Texas about this and he thought the defense of using the exact same ammo as the police choose would go over very well. After all, the government and their experts have spent thousand of your tax dollars to determine the best bullet for policeman to use to defend themselves. Why wouldn't it be best for the average citizen?

    Although certainly not an expert like Ayoob it just feels to me that sometimes he plays things up a little to get a good story. As an example there was the PD TV section where he showed how to drive up to a bank ATM. Put down your visors so you have 2 extra rear view mirrors, then slowly circle the bank twice while scanning, then pull up to the ATM. Puleeeeese don't tell me anyone actually does this.

    And by the way, I run Business Development and Marketing for my company, so I've told a few "stories" myself over the years.
  5. Ethereal

    Ethereal Well-Known Member

    I would guess that the liberal anti gun attorneys would go after everything reguardless of what you used, FMJ or HP ammo. They'd just put a different spin on it no matter how you made it to the courtroom. The only suggestion I'd have would be to make sure you make it to the courtroom first by living through your encounter then deal with the attorneys later.
  6. hotpig

    hotpig Well-Known Member

    Ranger T-Series was developed to correct the short comings of the old SXT ammo.

    I would feel better with RA9T in a short barreled gun over the BT.

    If I was a hired mouth piece and wanted to get you on ammo choice I would play up the hollow points and I could get a 50 box of Speer 115 and promote it as LE ammo.
  7. Ford

    Ford Well-Known Member

    The Ayoob articels was called 7 myths that could hang you in court. I dont have it in front of me its at work. He basically just gave cases about how in self defense shootings the prosecuting attorney would go after the defendant for using hollowpoints, handloads, etc.

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2007
  8. FuzzyBunny

    FuzzyBunny Well-Known Member

    Well if you used ball ammo thats bad too.

    Thats the ammo the military carries to kill people with!

    Life is funny at times

  9. buzz_knox

    buzz_knox Well-Known Member

    Mas' point is to understand where the threat will come from and 1) avoid it or 2) have a plan for dealing with it.

    I use Ranger because 1) it is designed to meet the FBI standards for bullet design, 2) it is one of the most highly rated rounds currently available, and 3) it is accurate and reliable in my weapons. I am aware of its design history and how it is related to Black Talons (albeit a few generations newer) but I'm also aware that the hype about Black Talons was just that, media hype and lies, and that Winchester withdrew the ammunition from market and repackaged it to avoid further media attention. I am also aware that the LEO markings are placed on there because 1) historically, it was a means of restricting ammunition that was loaded to higher than normal standards to entities (i.e. agencies) which have waived product liability if damage occurs, 2) there are excise tax considerations not applicable in a defensive shooting and 3) the LEO markings are of no legal consequence or effect.

    Given that I am currently aware of that information, my state of knowledge is absolutely admissible in a legal proceeding and I am in a perfect position to explain why my choice of Ranger ammunition was both reasonable and prudent.
  10. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    It works well in my favorite CCW, my Kahr PM9.
  11. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    My CCW instructor told us that LEO ammo was the way to go. Very little room to argue against it in court. He went so far as to say you should call your Sherrif's department and ask them what they carry so you can purchase the same brand for your carry gun.
  12. obxned

    obxned Well-Known Member

    I use it in .45, usually +P, and will continue to do so. A crap-weasel prosecutor can find fault with any ammo or gun you might have.
  13. Kevin108

    Kevin108 Well-Known Member

    You would not believe how many people, even gun owners themselves, think hollow point = armor piercing. :banghead:
  14. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    I use the +p+ 127gr Winchester ammo and I ain't changing. JHP ammo in Texas is fine and dandy. Now maybe in the Peoples Republic of New Jeresy, but I ain't in North Korea... ops I mean New Jerkie.. ops I mean, well you know where I mean.

    If you can justify the use of JHPs, then it ain't no big deal. Just make sure your lawyer knows why you picked what you picked.
  15. RecoilRob

    RecoilRob Well-Known Member

    You are standing trial for shooting someone (multiples, maybe) and the issue of your chosen ammo comes up.

    If I was on the jury (of your peers, right?) I'd say you chose well as evidenced by your surviving to stand before us unwashed on the jury. And, your shooting skills must have been up to snuff (or at least good enough) too.

    As long as the reasons that precipitated the use of lethal force are justified, I contend that it doesn't matter what particular form was used to end the threat.

    We can get into 'caliber wars', but realistically, does this ever enter into a Court proceeding? "He used a .45 when a .38 would have sufficed?"

    If this argument isn't prevalent in actual trials, I'd not worry about what particular flavor of bullet I used.

    Us 'Peers' have to be staunch in our resolve about these things. Remember Jury Nullification if things get out of hand while you are serving.
  16. gomer

    gomer Well-Known Member

    If I ever came into the position of having to actually use my handgun to defeat an attack.. the LAST thing I would worry about is my ammo choice and how it would stand up in court. There are very few reasonable people that would convict me in a court of law if I used my handgun in self defense. I will wait to use deadly force until it is the absolute last thing that can happen to save my life. In that situation, it doesn't matter if you use FMJ or 50BMG.. that should be secondary to the situation you found yourself in... any good lawyer can take care of that if you use common sense.
  17. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    Ok, don't use RA9T. Use a 12 guage and tell the court you felt the 9mm ammo was to powerful so you used your shottie.
  18. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    If you are choosing between equally performing ammo, then going with an ammo most likely to NOT cause you additional legal hassles sounds like a valid idea in theory, but the perception of possible legal hassles for the reasons stated are not substantiated.

    Now, if you are going to a poorer performing ammo because of perceived potential legal hassles, that is just plain dumb. That means you are putting potential legal concerns ahead of your own safety.

    Has anyone ever actually seen this ploy work? I am not talking about some sort of hypothetical or perceived claim that it made a difference, but actual juror statements or statements from cops who expressed that because the ammo used was what cops used, that the shooting was therefore valid in some way?

    While folks can suggest shooting what the cops carry will keep you out of trouble, it can just as hypothetically be argued that because you are carrying what the cops carry, you are trying to emulate the cops, a cop wannabe.

    Also, the notion that carrying what the cops carry as saving you from legal hassles is naive. It assumes that what the local cops carry has somehow passed some sort of legal litmus test and been deemed appropriate. In many departments, the decision as to what the cops carry is based on the vendor that offers the best deal, not what ammo is most liability free or ammo that is the absolute best performer.

    Also something to consider is whether or not your needs are those of the cops. For example, our local SWAT guys carry ultra lite .223 rifle ammo (35 gr. as I recall). Why? Because they are concerned with overpenetration, specifically in the possibility of missing a target and having the round penetrate walls and hitting an unintended target. As such, the ammo they choose is severely limited. Would you make the same rifle ammo decision as them?

    Cops also have the option of wearing ballistic vests, sometimes having partners, being able to call for backup, being able to call for help and having every officer available respond at top speed without the worry of going through 911 and having the call be evaluated, assigned a response priority, etc. In many areas, top priority calls may still take 10-20 minutes for a cop to arrive on scene, but cops making a call for help can get near immediate responses.

    What I am getting at here is that the situation for most cops comes with a plethora of different advantages, needs, and disadvantages than the situation for a regular citizen. Just because they use a given ammo that suits their needs does not mean it will suit yours.

    Look at it another way. Dallas PD used subsonic 9mm ammo fired from a 4.4" barreled gun. Do you really think that is the best ammo to use for self defense if you were living in the Dallas area? Would it be the best performing ammo out of your 3" barreled Kahr PM9? The answer to this latter question is definitely NO.

    The primary concern of carry ammo (caliber, brand, model) should be to pick the best performing ammo that works reliably in your chosen firearm that you can handle extremely well. If there are two or more choices that are equal, then choose the ammo you feel is less likely to cause legal hassles.
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    What is this Country coming to when you have to worry about being put in jail because you used ammo that was "too good" Sad, very sad!
  20. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Now, why did you use the particular ammonution you used?"

    Uhhhhh It was all I had with me at the time.....
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