I have no regrets going to a smaller caliber for EDC.
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I have no regrets going to a smaller caliber for EDC.
Started out thinking I was going to carry a Walther P-22, went to a XD 9-mm sub-compact, great gun, my best shooter, but thicker than I like to carry, so ordered a K-T PF-9, thinner, easier, but because of my job it would not always work, so I went to a K-T P-3at hides well and after the LCP's became obtainable, I just had to have one of those.
Most every day I carry the P-3at. Do I feel under gunned, no, not normally, but when I hear the "bump in the night" I do wish for my XD.
Have no regrets, maybe some day I will, but I live in a low risk area.
An ounce of lead is worth 200lbs of cop.
Does dual carry count as a down grade in bullet size?
I carry my M&P9C during warmer weather and my 1911 or Baby Eagle .45ACP's in cooler weather.
Starting to favor the 9 now that I have some of the Hornady Critical Defense ammo. On the hunt to get some for the .45!
In this thread I give my reasoning for going from carrying a 10mm to a 9mm. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ge-report.html
I don't carry the Witness 9mm any more. Now I carry a CZ 75BD in 9mm. The story of my change to the CZ is here: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ort-added.html
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I have shifted to 9mm almost exclusively. I still have .40's but they don't see anything but the range lately.
QUOTE=Jumper2501;1253093]There are a million posts about people who have upgrader to larger rounds. After reading something online, I'm curious to know if anyone here has gone to a smaller caliber, and why (capacity, ease of concealment, ammo availability etc.). Thanks.
EDIT: I'm talking dropped down with your EDC, not do you carry something smaller on occasion.[/QUOTE]
Not really, since becomming an FFL I have bought more pistols than ever.
I was carrying 9mm Sigs. but now prefer 1911 customs.stainless_tle_rl_2.jpg
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If we go by bore diameter, well, then, yes. I used .45 ACP off and on from 1983 to 2002. 1991 into 1993, and 1997 to 2002, was 24/7 .45 ACP, for both duty and CC. During much of the 1980's, I used a .41 mag sixgun for both duty and CC. Currently, I use .40 for duty and CC, and .357 mag snubbies for back-up and some CC. I could have kept using "grandfathered" .45 ACP pistols for police duty, but voluntarily went with the currently standard .40 in 2002. My use of larger .357 sixguns, and a .45 ACP 1911, are very minimal these days. It makes sense, for several reasons, to carry on my own time the same thing I carry on duty.
Of course, the .357 is not a step down from .45 ACP in the areas of power/energy, so this is not a perfect comparison, but I used to regularly tote 4" .357 sixguns, and presently mostly just use the .357 mag in snubbies, so that is a step down in kinetic energy delivered to the target. I am also a bit less likely to have hot 125-grain ammo in the snubbies, often opting for the slightly less energetic Silvertips.
My first carry gun was my .357 mag colt python 4". Carried it for 2 days before realized I'd rather have a Glock, so I down graded to 40 s&w. Python is just too heavy. My next gun will be a 9mm most likely, as I can shoot it fast(er) and (more) accurately and it's a large % cheaper to shoot.
Not saying I don't love the .40 tho.
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I rock between 9mm & .38spl. Have a S&W model 19 .357magnum but it's darn near impossible to conceal considering it's size. I have never fired .45, .40 or 10mm, probably don't plan on it because what I have seems to do well for me.
As it has been said, "it's all about shot placement". A well placed .32, .380 or even a smaller caliber such as the weakling .25 can kill. A big dog might have a large bite, but unless it strikes a vital area, then it doesn't work as well.
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I used to carry either a full size 1911 or a CZ97b. Now I carry a Glock 26 pretty much exclusively. Occasionally I will carry either a S&W Model 36 J frame or a S&W Model 19 2-1/2" but that's just for nostalgia.
Well, I haven't traded down but I have resisted the urge to trade up. After reading this forum and the "Hand cannon" is the only way to go idology I almost bought a larger caliber handgun.
I currently carry a 9x18 Makarov. Small, never fails to fire, has enough power to ruin your day and is easy to conceal.
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I started in '79 with the Series 70 Gold Cup I'd been using in three gun competition. Then I went down to the Series 80 Combat Commander for the firing pin block. Now I'm down to the Ultra CDP. I got a PM40 for concealability, but it's too small, and the trigger just isn't like the Kimber's, so now it's my BUG instead of the P3-AT. I like snappy recoil, and I don't mind shooting a bit to get used to the recoil force cadence of a fast point stitch. I like the single action trigger for the brain stem shot. I guess I've gone down in caliber a few times, but I've always seemed to come back to the 45 for EDC. That said, I have a lot of respect for Cor Bon DPX in 380, 38 spl, 357, and especially 40 s&w.
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went from .45 to .40 and never looked back. round capacity was a big part in my decision.
Carried a 1911 .45 for many years but went to .40 when I got a Walther P99. I have a SW99 in .45 (same pistol different cal). I just like the .40 better and I like he DA first round with no safety, as opposed to the 1911.