USP Compact caliber decision
I am looking into buying my first pistol in the next couple of months. Through my research so far I had switched my mind several times but I think I have come back to the H&K USP Compact. It has everything I want in a gun and the price is within my budget (esp if I can find a good used one).
I am still undecided on caliber though. I like the idea of having a lot of firepower but with ammo like Extreme Shock it doesn't look like even 9mm rounds are giving much up in terms of defense power these days. I know there are plenty of people out there that think that the 9mm round isn't enough but after checking out some stuff on Extreme Shocks website I am starting to take the opposite stance. Check out the videos on Extreme Shocks website and let me know what you think about the whole caliber issue.
I don't really have any experience with handguns but as far as defense goes it seems to me that it would be better to have a few more rounds in the mag like in a 9mm or .40 instead of a .45, and I think I would be more comfortable knowing that I could get a second round off more accurately and more quickly perhaps with a smaller caliber than rely on the power of that first shot. Basically I think I would prefer to be more accurate with a small caliber than less accurate with a large caliber. That being said though I have never shot a USP Compact so I don't really know how the different calibers feel. Decisions decisions. I like the feel of the compact in my hand but I have not shot one yet and may not have the opportunity to do so before I buy one. Any feedback about your own preferences would be great. Just to reflect on my own preferences so far I have shot a Colt Gold Cup in .45 and I found that to be much more controllable than a subcompact glock in .40SW. I haven’t shot a 9mm yet that I found to be a handful. Thanks for the help guys.