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    7shooter24 is offline Junior Member
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    40 or 45

    Quote Originally Posted by REDFISH View Post
    I an researching .40 and .45 cal guns to buy for defensive(ccw) and range shooting. I have had lots of advice but it all conflicts. heard the .45s have better recoil than the .40 cals. looking at
    kahr sig ruger hk colt bersa glock and on and on. some one gimme a suggestion! thanks from the most dangerous city in the USA, St Louis
    i have found it is easier to get one of each than have the stress of deciding on one.

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    I have a 9mm, 40S&W, 45acp in semi autos. In revolvers 454, 44mag, 45lc, 357 mag/38 special. I just recently bought a glock 10mm, and it only took me 50 years to find the one i like best. The winner is 10mm .....G29

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    Kind of hard to pick just one caliber. I love a 9mm. Especially because I started off shooting .40s and .45s. I was amazed at how soft a 9mm felt. With so many good guns out there it is going to be hard to decide on a gun. Your best bet would be to try as many as possible. I normally go with a .40. It is a little snappier, but it doesn't take much to get use to it. The only reason I opted for a .40 over a .45 was the ability to purchase a different barrel and go to the .357sig.

    Unlike what VaMarine said. You do need to factor in what feels best in your hand. If it doesn't feel good when you first pick it up chances are you will not like it once you start to shoot it. It isn't always the case as something may feel good before you shoot it and you won't like it when you do. I trust what may hand tells me. I have always enjoyed shooting what felt good in my hand from when I first picked it up. I have never held a gun said this feels good, then shot it and said I don't like this. However, that is just me.

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    I suggest you rent some guns in each caliber at the local range to see which caliber you like best. I agree the 9mm is a good choice for beginners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brevard13 View Post
    Kind of hard to pick just one caliber. I love a 9mm. Especially because I started off shooting .40s and .45s. I was amazed at how soft a 9mm felt. With so many good guns out there it is going to be hard to decide on a gun. Your best bet would be to try as many as possible. I normally go with a .40. It is a little snappier, but it doesn't take much to get use to it. The only reason I opted for a .40 over a .45 was the ability to purchase a different barrel and go to the .357sig.

    Unlike what VaMarine said. You do need to factor in what feels best in your hand. If it doesn't feel good when you first pick it up chances are you will not like it once you start to shoot it. It isn't always the case as something may feel good before you shoot it and you won't like it when you do. I trust what may hand tells me. I have always enjoyed shooting what felt good in my hand from when I first picked it up. I have never held a gun said this feels good, then shot it and said I don't like this. However, that is just me.
    I didn't say it wasn't a factor, what I said was

    Beware comments that include "Choose what feels best in your hand"
    While a gun needs to fit in someone hand properly, that is not the same as "feel" A pocket .380 may "feel" better in the hand than a mid-size 9mm that will shoot 10X better than the pocket gun. A nice DAO S&W revolver may "feel" great in the hand, but the DAO trigger may not be the best option for a new shooter.

    Quite often that "choose what feels best: gets thrown out there with nut much additional information. A gun may "feel" great in the hand, but if the controls (trigger, safety (if applicable), mag release, slide stop etc.) aren't within easy reach of the users digits it may not be a good option. It may "feel" great but due to the shape of the gun it may point 3" low where natural point of aim is concerned.

    There's a lot more to it than "feelings"

    The Browning Hi-Power feels very good in my hand, but when I shoot it I get bloody.

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    Purchasing a Pistol doesn't require a life long commitment to that particular pistol. As stated above, try a few and pick one without over analyzing it. If you determine in a few weeks or months it just isn't for you trade it for a different one. Better yet get a second and hang on to the first in case you change your mind again. The cost of trading among plastic fantastics is no more than the cost of 3 or 4 boxes of defensive ammo.

    That said, my preference between .40 and .45 is .45. I have owned and fired thousands of rounds in both and find the .45 to be more comfortable to shoot in my arthritic hands. My in depth comparison was with M&P40 and M&P45. The M&P9 was lighter recoiling but not enough to sway me in its direction.

    Enjoy whatever you choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    Purchasing a Pistol doesn't require a life long commitment to that particular pistol. As stated above, try a few and pick one without over analyzing it. If you determine in a few weeks or months it just isn't for you trade it for a different one. Better yet get a second and hang on to the first in case you change your mind again. The cost of trading among plastic fantastics is no more than the cost of 3 or 4 boxes of defensive ammo.

    That said, my preference between .40 and .45 is .45. I have owned and fired thousands of rounds in both and find the .45 to be more comfortable to shoot in my arthritic hands. My in depth comparison was with M&P40 and M&P45. The M&P9 was lighter recoiling but not enough to sway me in its direction.

    Enjoy whatever you choose.
    Shooting my full sized M&P .40 and then shooting my wife's M&P 9mm compact was enough to sway me into getting rid of my .40 and getting a 9mm. Good night I felt like I was shooting a .22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brevard13 View Post
    Shooting my full sized M&P .40 and then shooting my wife's M&P 9mm compact was enough to sway me into getting rid of my .40 and getting a 9mm. Good night I felt like I was shooting a .22
    Agreed, 9mm is also cheaper to preactice with and the less recoil makes for quicker followup shots. Technology has made for some impressive self defense 9mm rounds. I carry the Gold Dot 124 grain +P JHP short barrel. 13 inches of penetration, no weight loss to bullet, excellent consistent expansion even after traveling through denim makes the choice to go 9mm a no brainer for self defense. Place the shot and you have a winner (that is the rule for any caliber -- if you can't hit a 50 caliber is worthless) and one last plus you will have more rounds in the gun vs the 40 or 45 caliber which increases your odds of good shot placement.

    Russ

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    I carry a Kimber 45 for CCW. You will need to try various pistols and calibers to find the fit and recoil that suits you. To many people want to start big and regret it later. You will want to have something your comfortable w/ shooting and carrying.

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