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Old 01-03-2013, 07:25 PM
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Default handgun caliber ????? (9mm, .40, .45)

I hope this doesn't turn into a pissin-match but I'll ask anyway.

I have a couple 9mm but have never owned anything larger. Part of the reason was cost of ammo and that all my handguns will take the same round. That said, I have wanted a .45 for a long time but can't figure which one I want. Being a lefty, some handguns just don't "work" in my hands. I like the 1911's but that's a whole 'nother area of in-decision for me.

So I've been looking at some recently (Glock 21/30, Springfield XDM) and got to thinking the smaller round but faster speed of the .40 might be a better choice. So, if you already have 9mm covered and wanted a bigger self-defense round, which would you choose?
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Smaller round, faster speed? Get the .45, done, punch, impact, size, etc. You already have the smaller.

Buy used and if you end up not liking it, sell/trade for another.

Good luck.
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9mm will get the job done. I prefer .45 and its what I carry. Never liked .40, just to 'snappy' although a great round it's not fun to shoot at the range.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
Smaller round, faster speed? Get the .45, done, punch, impact, size, etc. You already have the smaller.

Buy used and if you end up not liking it, sell/trade for another.

Good luck.

That's been my thought all along but A) found some data that made me consider the .40 and B) I'm looking used but they aren't sitting around right now!!!
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I'm a lefty also. I recently picked up a S&W MP40 I got it set up for a lefty and love it so far.

I do shoot my friends XDM 9 quite a lot and find myself dead on with a 9 and slightly high with my .40. I've only put about 100 rounds through it so it might just be a learning curve. I would agree with snappy comment compared to a 9.

My next will be a 1911.
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Check out the glock36
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
That's been my thought all along but A) found some data that made me consider the .40 and B) I'm looking used but they aren't sitting around right now!!!
I bet they aren't sitting around but since you have a 9, 45 is the next logical step.

Check out Cabela's gun library for fun.

They have it by town, state, gun brand, etc. they have some sweet HK, Kimber, etc. .45's.

http://www.cabelas.com/gun-library.shtml
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Get you a nice 1911 design 45. The feel of real steel. It was good enough for our Fathers, Grand Fathers, and for some Great-Grand Fathers to defend us with and still good today. From American Tactical to Wilson Combat, there is something to fit your budget. I've got a Sprinfield 1911-A1. My favorite weapon. Getting a 3.5" for CC.
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Nothing wrong with a 40 or 45... Either will do the deed..My actual preference is probably the 40 cal but it will be snappier than the 45 and 9
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If you dont plan on using it as a carry, get a full size 1911 you won't be disappointed!

Worth every penny.
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The government spends millions of dollars researching this stuff every few years. Plus what a zillion PD's add on top. Their consensus in recent years has been the .40.
They've done the .45, .357 auto, 9mm and .40.
I think the .40 is used by the vast majority these days.

Of course, It all depends on if you plan on carrying it or if its going to sit in a desk drawer or bedside table/safe. If you're not carrying, go big!
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Anything less than a .45 you oughta just poke em with a stick.
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I also am a left handed shooter. I own a Glock model 22 and a Kimber super carry pro. Both are excellant handguns. I prefer the punch of the .45 though both are very accurite. Me personally would not buy the gun for th eprice of the ammo. I buy my guns for fit and function.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Anything less than a .45 you oughta just poke em with a stick.

(just for laughs)

So you won't mind me shooting you with my .22?
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Gonna muddy the water but I LOVE my Glock 10mm, will stop anything it hits

I am looking for a small conceal gun like a 380 or so but I just hate a small gun but one of those things you hope you never need any way
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I've limited myself to .22 and 9mm also. If I were to add another handgun caliber to the mix I would choose .45 Not a lefty, but I think the Glock gen 4s are ambidexterous and maybe even the XDs is, not sure.
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Shoot the largest caliber that you can shoot accurately every time.

No point carrying a 45 if you aren't comfortable and just miss.

40 is slightly cheaper, 45 makes a bigger hole. Ballistics are good on both. Shoot both calibers out of the gun you want and decide,
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40......... manageable recoil with a mid sized gun and plenty of knockdown power.....
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Colt has a 45 with an interchangeable barrel. You can practice with a 22 caliber on the range without having to worry about ammo cost. and then slip the 45 back in.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
I've limited myself to .22 and 9mm also. If I were to add another handgun caliber to the mix I would choose .45 Not a lefty, but I think the Glock gen 4s are ambidexterous and maybe even the XDs is, not sure.
The gen 4s mag release can be switched but the 21sf has both on the gun so you can use eather the 21 sf is a great gun I have about 1500 rounds thu on e no problems.
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