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    9mm or .40 for first handgun

    Im and 18 yr old male and am looking into getting my first handgun. I should also say that im definetly not new to guns just handguns. Im pretty set on the Springfield XD .40 Service model, But am having a hard time deciding if i should get it in .40 S&W or 9mm. I mostly want to use it when i go hunting or camping or anywhere in the wilderness where thery could be potential for crazy animals and crazy people. If you could give me "advice" on what caliber would be best for me and why that would be great! Thanks for your time.

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    I prefer the .40, but with the right ammo, there isn't much to choose between the two. The .40 has slightly more recoil, so follow up shots may be a tad slower. Might I suggest a .45 ? The XD45 is a super handgun. The XDM45 is even better. 14 rounds of .45acp should handle most "crazies".

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    Quote Originally Posted by hud35500 View Post
    I prefer the .40, but with the right ammo, there isn't much to choose between the two. The .40 has slightly more recoil, so follow up shots may be a tad slower. Might I suggest a .45 ? The XD45 is a super handgun. The XDM45 is even better. 14 rounds of .45acp should handle most "crazies".
    Thanks for the reply! Anyone else have an opinion, im kinda worried about ammo cost too since im getting ready to go to college and funds will be kinda tight.

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    I like and have the .40 myself but the .9mm will be a lot cheaper on ammo.

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    I like the 9mm better myself. Not as snappy easy for newbies, can have 17 in a clip. Ammo cost is cheap if you plan on shooting alot

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    I vote for the 9mm.

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    I'd say 9mm as well. With +P/+P+ ammo available for the 9mm nowadays it just makes more sense to go the 9mm route. You can fire the cheaper, regular 9mm ammo when at the range and load your gun up with the +P/+P+ ammo when you are out in the wilderness etc.

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    I believe that the 9mm is much more functional for a new shooter.

    It's much easier to shoot and the cost for 9 mm ammo is 1/2 of the .40 ca.

    If you shoot much the money you save on ammo alone will pay for another gun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzy View Post
    I like and have the .40 myself but the .9mm will be a lot cheaper on ammo.
    Yes, but is it enough to make a difference to the O.P.? I see CCI Blazer ammo listed on Able's Ammo:

    9mm: 11.15/50 rounds
    40: $17.50/50 rounds

    This is practice ammo; if you shoot 50 rounds per week (2,500 per year), it adds $6.35 per week to your shooting expenses. Percentage-wise it is a big jump, but (for me, at least) the $6.35/week is not a persuasive argument.

    If you are not recoil sensitive I think the .40 is a better round. If you are recoil sensitive then the 9mm is better.

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    I don't personally shoot blazer ammo.

    I can buy 9mm on sale for 9.95 per 50 at Cabella's & Academy.

    .40 Cal for $18 to $19 per 50.

    $10 a box times 52 weeks = $520 = the money I'm saying to buy another gun.

    But to each his own.


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    I carry a Taurus PT140 but am thinking about picking up the same gun in 9mm just for practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
    I don't personally shoot blazer ammo.

    I can buy 9mm on sale for 9.95 per 50 at Cabella's & Academy.

    .40 Cal for $18 to $19 per 50.



    $10 a box times 52 weeks = $520 = the money I'm saying to buy another gun.

    But to each his own.

    Yeah, but still that's just two beers a week.

    My point is, if you think the .40 is a better round, I think you can come up with the $10.00/week difference. If you don't think it is a better round then it would be foolish to spend the extra money.

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    What kind of crazy animals could you run into? Crazy raccoon? mountain lion? bear? squirrel? A 9mm or .40 might due if it's small, otherwise I'd look at a bigger caliber.

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    Glock 17. If your talking about animals, why not go to a higher caliber? Better to overkill than not kill at all...

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    I do not like the 9mm too much never have, carried one in the field in Viet Nam that was picked up, but I think the 9 is your best bet due to economics. I have switched to one for a range gun and I am comming around to it but its fun to shoot and pretty cheap. Wally World sells Federal 115 grains for 10.47 a box.

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    You need low cost and good potential to learn about pistol. The 9mm would be best.

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    You might consider getting the .40 with a 9mm conversion barrel for range and practice......

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    9mm or .40

    Why limit yourself to 9mm and .40? If there are Bears or mountain Lions where you camp maybe you want a .357 which can also be cheap for practice with .38 ammo.

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    I have a 9mm and a 40sw. Let me just say that I'm glad I still have a 9mm. They are very capable caliber and are easier to shoot than the 40sw. Yes, the 40sw is more powerful but they both depends on the ammo you use, they make a difference.

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    9MM (of the Beretta 92/M9 variety).

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