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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    Poll: Minimum Caliber You Carry

    No need for the explanations, we've heard the excuses from both sides on why some people like lower recoil/greater capacity and other enjoy the idea of blowing basket-ball sized holes out the perps back.

    What is your "minimum caliber"? That is, what is the smallest/least powerful round you will carry. This is not to say that it is your current carry round, just that this would be the smallest you would go.

    For instance I carry a 10mm, but would at minimum carry a .40S&W
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    The smallest I will carry is a 38 Special or 9mm.

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    .38 Special for me.

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    .38 is the smallest I carry and would carry.
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    I think this topic has probably been beaten to death plenty of times over...

    I didn't read OP well, going to change. I'll carry .25 acp but my main is 9x18 Mak. Going to be upgrading to something a bit more powerful when funds allow.

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    I carry a Sig P232 .380 in the summer and a 1911 .45acp in the winter.
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    I mainly carry .45, then 9mm's but in certain office/business casual situations where I can't wear a cover garment and I'm in dress pants, I'll carry the .380.

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    It all depends upon what I think I'll be up against. With handguns:

    500 S&W for Alaska Brown or those big white ones. There have been reports of friendly white things...Bi-Polar Bears.

    41Mag for anything in the lower continents.

    45 Auto for anything on the streets.

    40S&W for BUG.

    It's just me, but I don't completely trust any lesser handgun caliber with lighter bullets, even in the 357 Mag. I know, I know, it's all about shot placement, right? A heavy bullet in the right spot can't be all bad, if it doesn't deflect and miss the vital opportunity.

    If you really care about your safety, there's no excuse for not having enough gun. With a good, tuck-able IWB, a business professional dress shirt can hide it comfortably.
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    ......okay, what no .25 or .22?
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Long time ago I would have voted .380. But with the new mouse pistols out (i.e. PM-9, PF-9 etc). There really is no excuse for carrying smaller then a 9mm.

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    .38 special fo edc. I just haven't found a 2 inch .41 mag yet!

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    Carry pieces are 9mm and .38 spcl, but I feel that with the right ammo .380 is the bottom floor of defensive ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD13 View Post
    .38 special fo edc. I just haven't found a 2 inch .41 mag yet!
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    I’m now a civilian; as such I am not intentionally headed in harm’s way, but carry a gun so I have options should a BG oppose me. With that in mind 60% of the time I carry a Kel-Tec P3At 380 in a nemesis pocket holster, and the other 40% of the time, I carry a Glock 26 9mm.

    The ability to completely conceal and the confidence that comes with that means that you will carry a gun 100% of the time. I’d far rather have that little 380 in my pocket than to have a full size 45 back in the car because it is too heavy, or too big to carry.

    With that said; sure if I was going to be in a gun fight I’d prefer to have something a little bigger, say a Remington 870 12-gage. But then again, as a civilian, if I think it’s going to be risky, I’m not going there.

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