SAWB shows wounding effects with common eastern and western military cartridges, police issue cartridges and those commonly used to commit crimes. The book covers such subjects as wounds produced by the .22 Long rifle, effects of the 12 gauge loaded with buck or slugs, handgun wounding, all the way up to the effects of the .50 BMG. This book shows in graphic detail real world comparisons between such cartridges as the 9mm compared to the .45 ACP including barrier test results.
In recent years, I have become convinced that Hollywood and popular culture have had as much and sometimes more influence on military and police training doctrine than any practical fact-based training methods. I have written about this extensively within my book, the Practical Guide To Long Range Shooting. Many myths have also cropped up within the field of terminal ballistics and it is my hope that this book helps to set the record straight on at least some of these matters.
We live in strange times. A person can copy the research of another person without once gaining practical experience in that field. By simply citing the information presented by a former researcher, this somehow makes plagiarism acceptable. Furthermore, such dissertations may lead to a qualification and position of status. Pioneers willing to forgo recognition seem to be few and far between in an age where one is considered accomplished only when one gains recognition from peers or in its most vulgar form, from followers on social media.
I can state from experience that the most basic level of mastery in this field is no easy feat. To obtain any mastery within the subject of terminal ballistics, the working week must be divided between hunting (killing) and writing. Too much of one or the other spoils the brew. Kill data is not easy to obtain but come rain or shine, the shots have to be taken. Once the shot is taken, photos and data need to be collected along with field notes. Following this, more shots need to be taken to confirm results. The data must then be relayed in a readable format so that all can utilize the information. But time spent on prose is time that could be spent in the field therefore one must not spend too much time seated. Those without such experience generally write vast intellectual papers while supplying graphs to hide their lack of expertise. Personally, I find it more difficult to compile field research into short and succinct written statements. I have no need to bamboozle the reader with intellectual banter as a means to pomp myself up. The harder task is to present information in such a way that all readers fully understand results.
Gaining practical experience in any field can be challenging, it can be frustrating, it can take a great deal of time, money and energy to gain the most basic level of proficiency. It can also cause you to feel like a beginner when others finally see you as accomplished. Yet along the way, the research brings about its own rewards. In plain terms, this book involved many hard months hunting, hauling around carcasses, car doors, plate steel and drywall.
SAWB was written as reference material for both the trainee and academic. It is a no BS book for cops, infantry soldiers, snipers, security contractors and medics. It casts away myths and gets to the point. And yes, its quite graphic, starting off with some fairly dramatic head shots and getting heavier from there. Above all, it's about getting to know your tools and learning what you are up against.