Poll: Minimum Caliber You Carry

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  • .32 ACP

    45 5.57%
  • .380 ACP

    255 31.56%
  • .38 Special

    164 20.30%
  • 9mm

    206 25.50%
  • .357 Sig

    8 0.99%
  • .40 S&W

    51 6.31%
  • .45 ACP

    61 7.55%
  • .357 Magnum

    8 0.99%
  • 10mm

    6 0.74%
  • .44 Magnum

    4 0.50%
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    .380 would be as small as I would go.

    My feeling is a .380 > nothing.

    Most of the time the sight of a gun is going to stop someone. If not, then shot placement is key. I doubt a BG is going to stop and say "Please don't shoot... wait... Is that a .380? HA! I'm going to rob you anyway..."

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    .38 +P is the smallest (my BUG) but I usually carry a .45!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    While my standard EDC is a .40 cal. I do on occasion carry my .380.

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    380 would be the lowest I would want to go. with the right ammo it could do the job. It's a good size for deep cover where needed.

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    First I'll say I'm not a shootist or anywhere near an expert in these things. But I do like guns and do depend on them for Safety. I have had CHL for many years (at least 4 renewals already). I have tried to tote several types of handguns including 22 LR, 22 Magnun, 25 ACP, 38 Special, 380 Auto, 44 Special Snubbie, but lately I have settled on carrying a pocket 32 ACP. I know its not too powerful, but I know it'll put a bunch of little holes into a bad guy. I just want to keep the bad guy from getting close enough to physically grab me, or close enough to club or knife me. The little 32 in the pocket (all the time) is peace of mind.

    I kind of like to use my mind to access the situation and act accordingly. Like if the BG is in a gang and they are likely to have 9mm 15 stackers, I'm thinking rapidly how to get the hey out of there. The pocket pistol is a desperation Last resort for me. If I know I'm about to go out into the 'Badlands', then bigger is definately better.

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    smallest would be a 9mm for me no reason to go any lower. you can find 9mm as small as .380 nowadays.

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    I don't have a .40S&W but that is the smallest caliber I'd carry
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    No 38 Super?
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    I carry either 9mm or .38spl.

    Wife is soon to carry .380 (after we get to pick up her newly bought Ruger LCP)

    However, I have on occasions, dropped a .25 in my pocket, just in case.
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    My EDC is a Kahr K40 or my J Frame in .38 in my pocket.

    I have carried and would carry again the Kel-Tec P32. Caliber is not at the top of my list in choosing a carry gun. Those who know the realities of the effectiveness of handguns in general will probably agree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    The smallest I will carry is a 38 Special or 9mm.

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    what would it take to blow a basketball hole in someone?? i want that. I carry a XD .45

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    9mm on the hip and a .380 in the front pocket, and spare mag's for both. If I had just one of um I'm still good to go.
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    9mm minimum for me plain and simple.

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    Smallest? .45 hollow points...

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