40 cal or 9mm?

40 cal or 9mm?

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    40 cal or 9mm?

    waiting on my concealed carry to come in the mail and i'm pretty sure i'm set on a ruger. just stuck between the sr40c and sr9c. i was wondering what the consensus was on the option. i've heard 9mm is one of the first caliber to run out in stores. if so i'd like to have a caliber that is a little less popular when it comes to the next ammunition buying frenzy. thoughts?


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    "i'd like to have a caliber that is a little less popular when it comes to the next ammunition buying frenzy."

    If that is your sole deciding factor then I'd go with the .40 caliber. That was far and away the most plentiful handgun round in my neck of the woods.
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    Shoot a 9mm, a 40 S&W, and a .45 ACP to see which one you like better and can control better. Buy the largest caliber you can control with the most capacity you will carry every day.
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    I think I need some popcorn and a beer to read the results as the come in...

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    Either will do you well. The 40 has a little more recoil kick. Try both and make your choice. As I get older recoil kick bothers me more. I started with 9 many years ago. (1962) I will be staying with 9.

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    I agree with LimaCharlie..rent and shoot all 3 calibers and see what feels best to you...how quickly you can come back to POA, etc. I would not rent all 3 in one day. I would shoot one caliber over 3 days and make notes after shooting each. But mostly what you think feels best to you. No one likes shooting a weapon they dislike or a caliber they don't care for. Best of luck..
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    For me the Ruger SR40c was a little too snappy for me, the SR9c was just a lot easier to handle the recoil and quickly do follow up shots.
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    thanks for the replies guys. anyone know the difference in barrel length? ruger's website says sr9c is 3.4" and sr40c is 3.5." but i've seen the sr9c listed at 3.5" as well. thanks in advance.

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    Is there a range in your area where you can rent guns? If so, I'd try and rent two similar guns chambered in both 9mm and .40. That should help your choice.

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    Another consideration is the cost of ammunition. I think 9mm will usually be the least expensive.

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    Two different calibers buddy...just shoot em' both then decide. You like one better than the other for sure.
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    Rent both, shoot both. The one you shoot best is the one you buy.


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    how many threads have there been on this topic?

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    Czombie that almost makes TOO much sense lol.
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    I started off with 40 cals. Two great guns. A SIG & a Steyr. Zero wrong with them. As a matter of fact they ran great. ie shot anything, and didnt jam up.

    I sold em both, and went with Glock 19s, and an M&P Compact 9mm. Im happier with these guns.

    9mm costs less to shoot, and is actually MUCH easier to find in Middle TN, than 40 cal. Here most LE (not State Troopers), carry 40 cal. In some counties they have to buy their own, so its been scarce.

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