The late Jackson Beard, who rose through the ranks of the King County, Washington Sheriff’s Department, once observed during a conversation about stopping power he was “a firm believer in a big, slow-moving bullet.”

In the Pacific Northwest, where most people, including bad ones, layer up for most of seven or eight months of the year, it does not take long to figure out that lightweight, fast-moving smaller-caliber projectiles may not make the impression necessary in an emergency.

Jack was talking about the .45-caliber 230-grain bullet, a projectile accounting for more terminated misbehavior than probably anyone would care to document. Thanks to today’s advances in bullet design, one could easily be talking about some of the sizzlers now available from Federal, Winchester, Hornady, Remington, Sig Sauer, Speer/Lawman, Black Hills and other ammunition companies.

Source: Cold Carry: Why the 1911 .45 ACP Wins in the Winter