Shot placement can not be stressed enough. I carry a 9mm for work, but also own the same platform in 40SW (Walther P99). I have also owned 357SIG and 45ACP in the past. The size of the round means nothing if you can not hit what you are aiming for. Just my 2 coppers.
This debate will go on forever. Long after you and I are here. Everyone will agree that shot placement is key. Acquiring the follow up shot is also as important. But not all situations are perfect. If you get a chance to fire off five rounds and only one hits, would you want that to be a .45 or a 9mm? I carry .45 and I don't have to constantly rationalize that 9mm is sufficient as long as bla bla bla...
I think of extremes. If an M1 shooting 30-06 @ 180g and about 3000ft lbs. muzzle energy will not always stop someone unless hit in a vital area, then why would a 9mm or .45acp at about 400 ft. lbs stop them...unless hit in vital area? It's all about shot placement.
Well, OK if they are at 500 yards or wearing body armor, then I will take an M1. Come to think of it I will always take the M1 but it is hard to carry in a concealed holster.
Not feet per second....foot lbs.400 fps??????????????
Yup , trying to read too fast again...
Wouldn't it just be easier to say that every caliber has it's place. One just needs to pick there tools that is best going to fit his / her mission. At least that is how I would look at it.
Last edited by js; 02-27-2007 at 01:00 AM.
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All are good defense calibers. It boils down to personal preference. As has been previously mentioned, shot placement and practice is the most important thing. I personally like to shoot the .45 and reload it.
Not a true answer to the situation, but this may help a little.
I only use 9mm because I cannot fire the larger calibers rapidly and keep control of the weapon accurately enough to hit anything. I can double tap and fire 9mms rapidly and keep them on target.
Yep, add me to this group. Since I obviously can't guarantee perfect shot placement in a stressful situation, I at least want maximum tissue damage where ever I do hit.You have to decide which for yourself but I pick the 45 for me.
Besides, I never cared much for the l'il euro-pellet.
9MM, .40 S&W, .45 I believe all will get the job done in the hands of a competent shooter.
For me I prefer to stick w/ .40 S&W just because I can shoot it accurately, and I like the platforms it's available in.
I own a .357 Mag and a 9MM, but for Duty/CCW/home defense it's .40 S&W for me.
all this talk makes me wonder where the other 4 out of your 5 shots are going.