What caliber ammo would you pick for protecting your home?

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  • .357 Mag. ammo

    8 6.56%
  • 9mm ammo

    31 25.41%
  • 40 cal. ammo

    19 15.57%
  • 45 cal. ammo

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    What caliber ammo would you pick for protecting your home?

    What caliber would you pick to protect your home & why?

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    Had to go with .45 since that is what is most readily available in my home.


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    All the calibers listed would do just fine and there is always a "however"

    So "however" I use what I have been trained to use, in the old Corps
    and have still relied upon the .45 ACP since I have retired. (1970)

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    Rationale: click.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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    45acp. The bigger hammer theory, and less chance of over-penetration. If I make the intended head shot---caliber would be a mute point concerning performance.

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    i suppose .40 since i have a g-27. no serouisly ,i picked up the 27 because
    i like how it handles,fires,reliablity,and break down and cleanings a piece
    of cake. great weapon in my book but kinda ugly looking if you ask me.
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    12 gauge and no substitute

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    I chose 9mm (assuming I'm stuck with a handgun caliber), and here's why:

    1) I'm intimately familiar with my duty handgun, so it serves as my HD handgun as well - and it's 9mm.

    2) I get tons of free 9mm ammo to train with, so I'm the most comfortable with its handling characteristics. I can shoot quickly and accurately, and expect good terminal performance, with my gun and ammo combo.

    3) I don't believe that one handgun round in any of the 'accepted' defensive calibers is just that much better than any other, so I use what I'm best with. I firmly believe that the operator is infinitely more important than the caliber when it comes to things like this.
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    my 9mm. or when i get a heavy .45, maybe that if i get good enough with it. cw9mm and OPFOR summed it up perfectly IMO. i would say that and a 12 gauge when i get one.

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    .357 mag

    It is what I carry, what I practice with and is the pistols that my wife and I are most familiar with.
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    9mm if semi, 357 if revolver. Ever tried to fire a 40/45 while extremely tired? Prone to jams, etc.

    That said, 12 gauge is my best choice.

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    I'll use 9mm cause that's the gun/caliber I practice & am familliar with. Besides it's close by, and having a mag that holds 15......I rationalize that eventually the BG(s) should go down.......... even if I just "graze" them repeatedly..... cause for whatever reason, I can't hit the "broad side of a barn". If not....... I've got 2 more loaded mags waiting in reserve.

    If that doesn't do the trick...the wifey's new .380 auto is standing by, after that.........my bow.....after that ummm...the attack cat...then running very fast. And if none of those work, by that point..... what does it really matter?

    Honestly, I never bought-in to the whole the "bigger caliber the better" schtick. I go with what I know, and currently don't own a 12 gauge or I'd throw that into the mix.
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    12 gauge, though since it was not an option I said 9mm

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    Full size Glock 17 9mm

    Considering I may be tired, or awaken out of a deep sleep, I avoid handguns for HD with large recoil.

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    .45 because a) it's what I shoot best in a rapid fire/double (triple) tap situation; b) it's what's most readily available in my home (see response A.); c) that's the caliber my primary pistol requires :)
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