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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    .38 Special/9mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Ng View Post
    that wasn't the question. The question is, "what is the minimum caliber you'd carry". Regardless of what you own or what you currently, what is the least powerful you could see yourself carrying.
    That is the minimum I would carry. I voted .380 and I carry a .380 in the summer. I answered honestly.
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    I carry my .380 more than I carry my 9mm because of the comfort and concealabe ease. Of course I have personal defense ammo loaded.
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    357 with my reloads that are either a hot 38+p or a lower end magnum to keep them just manageable enough for the wife.
    I wouldnt carry anything less for SD.

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    Actually the 2 smallest are the 38 Special and the 9MM. I carry both roughly equally.

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    If the ultra small/light 380ACP pistols like the KelTec P-3AT and LCP did not exist, there are times and places where I would consider carrying something as mousey as a 22LR. In my world, sometimes concealability trump caliber.
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    One time I carried a .32 I borrowed from my father in-law. I felt uncomfortable, I kept thinking if something bad went down how I would have to have a head shot with that little mouse gun...when it is warmer outside I really like to carry my .380 Bersa Thunder Plus. Still feels a bit small but the 16 rounds are a nice thought.
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    38 in a wheelie
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    Minimum Caliber

    45 ACP is what I own and carry

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    Smallest caliber that I currently carry is 9mm. But I would be perfectly comfortable carrying a .38 or even a .380 with today's well designed ammo.
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    Zipping up my flak jacket for this one


    But i'll carry a .22 LR before i'll carry nothing. After reading studies of the equivalent of Israeli Air Marshalls using .22 LR, I gained perspective on the round. I'll never carry it over my .40 S&w.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
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    But i'll carry a .22 LR before i'll carry nothing. After reading studies of the equivalent of Israeli Air Marshalls using .22 LR, I gained perspective on the round. I'll never carry it over my .40 S&w.
    .22 lr wasn't on the list!!!

    JK. Im with you. Ill carry my P22 if thats all i had!

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    IMO, I'd carry a 22LR over a .25 any day. The velocity makes it a better round than the slower .25.
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    I'd carry a quality made .22 if I could find one not one made today that I've seen yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flor1 View Post
    I'd carry a quality made .22 if I could find one not one made today that I've seen yet.
    Ruger MarkII, MarkIII, Sig Misquito(sp?), Walther P22.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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