The 1986 FBI Gunfight and Adoption of the 10mm Auto

Back in 1986 in Miami, a team of 8 FBI agents decided to execute a felony car stop on a pair of armed and volatile bank robbers named Platt and Matix. The ensuing gunfight has become a classic case study of a law enforcement gunfight, with more than 140 rounds fired leaving 4 men dead and five more wounded. When the FBI analyzed the event, one of their main conclusions was that the 9mm hollowpoint ammunition used by the agents had underpenetrated, and this drove the agency’s decision to adopt the 10mm Auto pistol cartridge as a replacement (which didn’t last long, and in turn led the the mass adoption of .40 S&W by law enforcement departments nationwide).

I happened to find a copy of one of the FBI’s internal after-action reports on the event which someone has copied from VHS tape and posted to YouTube.

Edited to add: the fellow who posted the video is Rob Reed, who also assembled a great collection of print information on the event here:

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-look-at-the-1986-fbi-miami-shootout-27-years-later

The video includes interviews with the surviving FBI agents, and a pretty accurate reenactment of the event. It’s a long video, but well, well worth watching for anyone interested in real-life tactics and circumstances in shooting events. Everything is covered from some of the mind-bogglingly poor decisions to the grit and determination of agent Ed Mirales.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pE4XI1dNWk