1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

What caliber do you carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Riptide, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Dorian
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Dorian EDC Junkie!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2013
    Messages:
    993
    Likes Received:
    5,805

    Thank you.
     
  2. John Moore

    John Moore Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    97
    9mm, 45ACP, and .38 special
     
    Nowhere Man likes this.
  3. MarriedTheMedic

    MarriedTheMedic EDC Junkie

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    516
    Likes Received:
    6,519
    Love my .380 for EDC. I'm pretty slim, so it works great for CC and doesn't print.


    [​IMG]
     
    Nowhere Man, 91bravo and Dorian like this.
  4. Dark

    Dark Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    301
    9mm. I'm used to it, and I've trained extensively with it.
     
    Dorian likes this.
  5. MMMadson

    MMMadson Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2015
    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    366
    I have a 9mm and a .45. I like them both. The 9mm is cheaper to feed. I've shot .40 and I'm not really a big fan. I've shot .38 and .357, I like them both just don't have a revolver.

    Sent from my SM-S975L using Tapatalk
     
    Dorian likes this.
  6. jkwithawave

    jkwithawave Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Messages:
    568
    Likes Received:
    1,873
    9mm only.
     
    Dorian likes this.
  7. Lellobeetle

    Lellobeetle Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    2,833
    Don't have my CCL yet, but I have a G23 .40.
     
  8. Day Tripper

    Day Tripper Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    245
    .40 S&W for now, but I'm looking to get another handgun in 45 ACP soon.
     
    MMMadson likes this.
  9. madlag

    madlag Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,887
    Likes Received:
    17,256
    .45, .357 & 38 special +P

    Now, my buddy and I were recent having this conversation. He maintains that current ballistics and modern ammo support the fact that 9mm ammunition can equal or even surpass the the amount of energy delivered to the target. The 9mm is lighter but travels at a higher velocity and ultimately causes more damage...I don't know about all that :censored: (and I do think its :censored:). What I do know and what I countered to him was that my .45ACP leaves a bigger :censored:ing hole. -Then there's the hydro-shock :eek:..
     
    Puinsai likes this.
  10. moostapha

    moostapha Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,952
    Likes Received:
    11,592
    I don't think anyone would argue that 9mm is better at causing damage than the same bullet design in .45.

    The argument is that certain 9mm loads (cough HST) penetrate exactly as they should (neither too little damage no too great a risk of overpenetration) and work as well as basically any handgun caliber.

    They all suck compared to rifle rounds, but they're all about good enough...and 9mm gives you about 50% more rounds in the same magazine length and less weight.

    I think 35 rounds of 9mm HST is preferable to 21 rounds of .45 HST.
     
    twin63 likes this.
  11. Puinsai
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Puinsai Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2013
    Messages:
    1,870
    Likes Received:
    24,730
    .32 in warm weather, 9mm in cool weather.
     
  12. madlag

    madlag Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,887
    Likes Received:
    17,256
    All about purpose and situation. First, if we're talking carry and you're in a situation where you may only be able to fire once before your knifed/hit/shot etc, you want to be able to make the biggest hole possible feasible. That's .45. The potential hydro shock is an added benefit.

    Secondly, I'd argue that .45 has the perfect amount of penetration vs force vs mass to do exactly what it's supposed to. This combination of mass and speed is exactly what causes HS and shuts the nervous system down on the target. Slower is sometimes better especially at self defense distance.

    All this aside, when one shot counts make it as big as possible. That's why size matters. Now if your purpose is to carry as much ammo as possible and sacrifice the above then a smaller caliber is obviously better. Rounds down range approach almost necessitates the use of 9mm.

    I've got nothing against 9mm and think it's a great round. Truth is the self defense gunfight doesn't take 20, 15, 10 or even 5 rounds. Statistically it takes 3 rounds or less and that includes both parties involved. Many times only one shot is fired...


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  13. moostapha

    moostapha Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,952
    Likes Received:
    11,592
    Is there a citation anywhere for that 3/3/3 thing? I can't seem to find it.

    But...I guess I just don't put my faith in a one-shot-stop with anything short of .50 BMG.
     
    Dorian likes this.
  14. madlag

    madlag Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,887
    Likes Received:
    17,256
    It's part of FBI database stats on civilian CQB gun fights.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  15. smoakie976

    smoakie976 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    494
    Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P JHP in my Kahr CM9 and Hornady Critical Duty 135gr(couldn't find HST's or Gold Dots) in my new to me Gen 4 FDE Glock 19. Both 9mm...in case you didn't know.
     
    madlag and twin63 like this.
  16. jrad

    jrad Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2014
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    324
    9mm ruger lc9 flat dark earth

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
    madlag likes this.
  17. On Edge

    On Edge EDC Junkie!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    13,699
    9mm when I need to carry light, .45 all other times … .45 is my round of choice.
     
    madlag likes this.
  18. madlag

    madlag Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,887
    Likes Received:
    17,256
    If only we could throw rocks at 1000+ fps....


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  19. dmattaponi

    dmattaponi Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,221
    Likes Received:
    1,399
    I like 9mm in autoloaders, and 357 Magnum/38 Special in revolvers.
     
  20. bryanflowers

    bryanflowers Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2009
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    21
    Anything from 32ACP up to 45ACP. All depends on what I am able to completely conceal.
     
    OldRakkasans187 likes this.