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CCW: 9mm, .40 or .45?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by GbvOblivion, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. GbvOblivion

    GbvOblivion Salem New Member

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    Pros and cons of each? Not talking clip size either. I mean speed vs. Power? Favorites?
     
  2. LCspeedsteel

    LCspeedsteel hillsboro Member

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    ummm... speed, 9mm factory is fast, 45 is slower, slower is be good for not over-penetrating, and the 45 has more energy (knockdown power) but i carry both equally... 9mm glock 17 or SA 1911. they are both full size. to me, physical size of the weapon was a large factor, small is comfortable, but short barrel = less accuracy at farther ranges, and yes i know everybody, we aren't shooting 50 yds for self defense in most situations, but i personally would rather have a large frame weapon for the accuracy category. you can always ask yourself why LE and military dont use pocket guns for their jobs.
     
  3. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    Ooh-ya, here we go! For me a 9mm. It works for me and I'm proficient with the one i carry.

    The next question should be, AR-15 VS. AK-47? Your thoughts?

    Welcome to NWFA!

    Lefty.
     
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The next question should be, AR-15 VS AK-47 VS AK-74?

    Personally I carry a Taurus PT-145, 10+1 will hopefully be enough although I also carry two full spare mags.

    Deen
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  5. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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  6. batcat6

    batcat6 Vancouver, WA Member

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    I like to carry 9mm. Have a KelTec P11 with 11 rounds of 115 gr Gold Dots that run about 1250 fps from it. Good enough for me. :eek:
     
  7. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I either Carry a 9mm glock 26, or a 45acp SA 1911, or a 38spcl s&w J frame revolver, or beretta px4 storm 9mm, or a 38spcl derringer, or a 9x18 makarov, or a .357mag python revolver, etc etc etc...

    The only real answer to which is best is what you are the most comfortable with.
    Some people have taken 17 rounds of 40 center mass and lived long enough to fight back, other people have taken one shot of 22lr and died almost instantly.
     
  8. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Trying to start a war on your 3rd post? :D
     
  9. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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  10. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    I understand the arguments for both the hi-cap nines and the whompin' .45. What I don't get is how so many LE ended up with a compromise like the .40 that fills neither role particularly well.

    Anybody ever hear of the Law of the Excluded Middle?

    As for why LE don't use pocket guns, it's because they don't carry concealed. Not for their primaries, anyway.
     
  11. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    The .40 was designed to take over the 10mm...FBI adopted the 10mm for more "takedown" but too many officers were complaining of the recoil. They wanted a compromise and the .40 was invented....other LEO agencies basically followed suit.

    I, too, think that the .45 ACP does a fine job as is...but there are things that can also be said for the .357 Sig as well.

    As for the LE comment, I guess if you'll believe that then I've got some Ocean-front property in Arizona as well...
     
  12. Seabee Patriot

    Seabee Patriot Vancouver, Washington, United States Member

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    Seems like a Ford vs. Chevy question to me.
     
  13. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    Nice!
     
  14. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    :huh:
    I wouldn't carry a pocket gun either, if I didn't have to keep it concealed. Then the capacity becomes moot, as I'd have 15+1 of .45 in a package that's not only easier to shoot, it also gives better muzzle velocity.

    The question is simply, in a concealable package, what's best? And it'll never have one answer, I understand that. But we still have to wrestle the 9's capacity versus the .45's whomp. Neither one is easy to master in a small gun given the short sight radius. Me, I chose the whomp over the round count. YMMV.
     
  15. GbvOblivion

    GbvOblivion Salem New Member

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    Haha! Thanks everyone!

    Also, I know the difference between a clip and mag :) I actually posted this from my phone while at work and I slipped up.

    Anyway, thanks everyone for all the advice. From what I gather, my best bet would be comfort + training. So if I'm shooting a p22 or a s&w 500 doesn't really matter as long as I can land the shot.

    Am I wrong there? I ask the "duh" questions because there is a difference between what I hear, and what people with experience tell me. That's why we have teachers.
     
  16. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    For personal defend you wouldn't need anything over 5 rounds unless you get into gang fight... which i doubt because responsible CHP will walk away from gang sistuation once we see things start to head the wrong direction. You can carry anything from 22 LR to 454 bull casual if you can carry them comfortble daily... remember something is better then nothing... carry something that you can trust your life with and it bang everytime you pull the trigger.... if you have it carry on you :)
     
  17. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Sure.

    Harlem man survives being shot 21 times by NYPD - Yahoo! News

    And another more infamous with only two people:
     
  18. mortre

    mortre Yelm, WA Active Member

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    The answer is which one you can put more accurate shots down range in a few seconds. For me it's a .45, I can recover from the slower recoil a little faster than a 9mm and a LOT faster than a .40/.357 sig.
     
  19. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Benny's right, and the examples you posted are merely the exceptions that prove the rule. People get hit by meteors every year too, but it's not something that I think is worth prepping for.

    According to Gary Kleck, >90% of armed civilian encounters with BG's end with NO shots being fired. I understand (but can't find a reference) that 90% of the small fraction of encounters that DO end in shootings are concluded after ONE shot being fired.

    But you need to do what you're comfortable with. Me, I have a background in statistics, so I think that driving defensively, losing those extra pounds, and getting regular cardio workouts are far, far, FAR more significant than the difference between carrying 5 .38spl in a snubbie and carrying 19+1 of 9X19 in a G19.
     
  20. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    What matters most is that you hit your target.
    Whatever caliber you are most proficient with is the right caliber for you.

    There's the chest-thumpers who spout nonsense like "the reason I carry a .45 is because they dont make a .46"
    Those people are blowhards and should not be listened to.

    Experience is fine and dandy... But it's a very minute and rather unimportant factor. There's well informed and highly talented people who have very little experience and vise versa.
    My grandmother is a very experienced cook. She's been making horrible food and setting off fire alarms for more than 60 years.