I am somewhat out of my element in these auto loader topics, but I'd advise you to get any caliber and get profieient with that gun/caliber before giving any consideration to carrying a gun for social purposes. After that, get whatever you feel comfortable with.
Nice weather we're having.
We're getting rain here......lots of rain. But not so much at one time as to pose flooding problems. :watching:
There you have it... pros and cons, dos and donts. Personnaly I prefer the 9mm, for capacity and recovery. If i feel the need for more punch, Ill take my .45
Ive heard .45 too slow, but I havent heard of anyone outrunning one yet! 9's are cheaper, and with a 147g jhp, if you HAD to shoot someone, I dont think they'll be able to tell you the difference. Just my take
If someone handed me a 9mm and told me to go defend myself, I'd say okay. :mrgreen:
Then I did my own research and found something amazing: A 127 grain Winchester Ranger +P+ fired into bare ballistic gelatin will impact at 1210 feet per second, penetrate 12-14 inches, and expand to right around .70 inches. My favorite .45 ammo, Federal Hydra-shocks, will impact the same gelatin at a slower 800 feet per second, penetrate 12-14 inches and expand to right around .70 inches. Wait a minute, it sounds like these two rounds would pretty much cut the same wound path, right? This information supported what Iíd been told by another group that conducted ammo test of pigs: You cannot tell a decent 9mm wound path from a decent .45 wound path
If the rounds are going to do the same damage, why not use the one that affords me 19 pulls of the trigger without a reload instead of 8? As it turns out, those battlefield reports from ex-military guys using the 9mm in combat actually tell me more about military pistol training than the power of the 9mm. The Army does not give the soldier nearly the pistol training that they do the rifle, so the problem is that many of these reported hits are not in vital areas and that is the problem, not the size of the ammunition itself. On top of that, the standard military 9mm ammo is what you and I use for target practice, NOT self-defense. Thatís right, soldiers are issued standard FMJ hardball; now the clouds are really beginning to part!
Is it really worth arguing in the first place? Probably not. If you're a fan of and comfortable with the .45ACP weapons, carry one. If you prefer and are comfortable with the 9mm, carry that. If you like the .40 because it makes you feel like you've solved a difficult conundrum, then carry it.
Me? I still make a choice every day based on how I'm dressing and where I'm going. Variety is good. Don't pick just one. Have one of each available and make your choice as each set of circumstances looms.
I'm not convinced that any one caliber will do everything.
That's what I have way more than just one caliber handgun. :smt033
I think 9mm being cheaper is a thing of the past. The .40 has become as popular and the prices have come down for the .40 and has been easier to find than 9mm lately. As of right this minute range ammo for the .40 is 27 cents a round and 9 mm is 26 cents a round. Maybe the 9mm has gotten higher and caught up to .40 I don't know but as of now there is virtually no difference in cost. I like them both just making a point.