While I’m finishing up my review of the Taurus 24/7 G2, here’s a little illustration of the leisurely muzzle velocity of the .45 ACP cartridge. We all love the .45 (okay, at least I do) but it’s no speed demon like the 7.62×25 Tokarev or the 5.7×28 . . .
This video is slowed down to 1/12th normal speed, and I wish my camera could go even slower. Either way, it clearly shows that I’m already bringing the gun down from recoil and moving on to the next target by the time the first bullet has hit its target just 10 yards away. Unfortunately that’s a fail-to-feed jam at the very end. Taurus did some work on the gun and hopefully the feed problem is gone, but I gotta give it up for the 24/7’s ergonomics. I’ve never shot a .45 that’s so mild and controllable, particularly one that only weighs 28 ounces naked.
With a velocity of only 850 fps, a typical .45 ACP 230-gr hardball takes nearly 50% longer to reach its target than a standard 115-grain 9mm. To land a hit on a walking target at his insane claimed ranges, Karl Lippard would have to lead it by meters…in case you wondered why we’ve been so skeptical.