Poll: For first pistol, 9mm or .40 cal?

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      Poll: For first pistol, 9mm or .40 cal?

      Given only 9mm or .40 cal as choices, which caliber would you recommend for a first (full size) handgun?

      Only parameter is that main intended use is for target practice and possibly home defense (should the need arise).

      Considerations...ammo cost, recoil, and stopping power.

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      9MM
      Lots cheaper to shoot and great availabiluty.

      AFS

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      9mm: significantly cheaper round to shoot, wider availability, enough stopping power for home defense. unless you feel you need the .40, I'd suggest going with the 9

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      9mm and http://firearmsforumcoali.motionsfor...r-ccw-t121.htm go to this link and read why.
      Cheers

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      9mm at this time because of ammo cost.

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      9mm

      ammo is cheaper

      recoil is less, faster recovery for the next shot

      stopping power, as with any handgun caliber, depends on shot placement more than size of the bullet.
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      Yep.....9mm You need plenty of practice as this is your first gun and the ammo for 9mm is much cheaper. Good luck and have fun shopping for a new gun.

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      9mm
      cheaper to shoot
      ammo is more available
      low recoil
      almost everything comes in 9mm
      the above means you will practice more and shoot better

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      9mm...for all of the reasons mentioned above.

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      I have to agree that 9mm ammo is less expensive and more readily available through out the US. But if You only want 1 hand gun ( who We kidding ? ), but plan to reload for it then caliber cost should not matter and a .40 might make You happier. I shoot 9 and feel good about My choice as I don't plan to reload...WVleo

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      Thank you very much guys!

      25 to 1 vote is almost unanimous...who am I to argue with that. 9mm it is for me then.

      Thanks again!

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      If I was teaching.....the first caliber would be a .22.

      Second would be to master a 38 Special revolver.

      Semi autos would come after.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Poink88 View Post
      Thank you very much guys!

      25 to 1 vote is almost unanimous...who am I to argue with that. 9mm it is for me then.

      Thanks again!

      +1 again for the 9mm.

      This is just a thought to throw at ya. Buy a .40 that can accept an aftermarket 9mm barrel/mags. It would be an extra $150 but you could have both. Take a good look at Glock.

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      I think 9 mm.

      I do not care for the "snappyness" of the .40 cal.

      I like .45 better than .40.

      Just my .02


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      I'd recommend 9mm. Milder recoil, less expensive ammo and it's effective for SD/HD especially in +P loads with the correct bullet in front.

      A friend of mine has an S&W M&P in .40 and we shot his pistol and my Glock 19 (9mm) back-to-back about a week ago. The .40 was manageable for me as new shooter but the 19 was definitely easier on recoil. Even my friend, an avowed M&P and .40 guy, was really impressed with the 19. And I know he was well aware of the cost difference in ammo between his gun and mine.

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      5906 S&W was my 1st gun. 9mm for those who do not know.

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      For your 1st gun, I'd take the 9mm over the .40 cal. for all the above reasons.
      The S&W M&P .40 has the capability of interchanging 9mm and .357 SIG barrels. Just thought I'd throw that out there for ya ...

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      9mm has low recoil & price per rd.

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      I like 9mm. It is a good choice.

      RCG

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      I recommend the 40 S&W for one reason. If you want to shoot 9mm all you have to do is buy another barrel and magazines and you have a 9mm.

      If you buy a 9mm you cannot convert it to a 40S&W.

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