There have been questions raised as part of this discussion about the nature of the weapons Nidal Hasan used in the Ft. Hood shooting. He apparently carried two pistols, and both are designed to be effective killing weapons. The more newly designed Five-sevN that he had purchased under the noses of the FBI who was busy investigating him is specifically designed to be very effective at killing large numbers of people in close quarters, to have more controlled “follow-up shots” and to pierce body armor.
These are all features that I’m sure would be very handy for, say, moose hunting, but the real reason these features were designed into this pistol was for use in close quarters combat military and police actions. However, the pistol was easily purchased in from Guns Galore in Killeen, Texas for civilian use. Guns Galore indeed.
The other gun was a magnum, a.k.a., miniature cannon.
Details below the fold.
Weapon 1: From The Arms site:
FN’s newest contribution the handgun’s evolution is named the Five-seveN®. This 20-round pistol fires a 5.7mm bullet that will defeat most body armor in military service around the world today. Essentially, the Five-seveN® represents a quantum leap forward in the handgun’s suitablity for close engagements by delivering the type of performance that was previously confined to rifles or carbines. Elements of this performance include:
High magazine capacity: The Five-seveN® comes standard with 20-round magazine.
High stopping power: The Five-seveN® fires the 5.7x28mm SS190 Ball round which reliably penetrates Kevlar helmets and vests as well as CRISAT protection.
High hit probability: The Five-seveN’s® extremely low recoil impulse results in virtually no muzzle climb, thereby facilitating fast and controllable follow-up shots.
Weapon 2: 357 Magnum, older model. It is not know if this weapon was used in the attack, and exact details of which model was carried by Hasan don’t seem to be available. There are several models bu they are all considered to be serious pistols, not target practice pop guns.