Why did you choose the caliber that you use?

Why did you choose the caliber that you use?

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    Why did you choose the caliber that you use?

    I do want to get into a caliber war, but I would like to know what your thought process was behind choosing the caliber you use for your EDC.
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    9mm: cheaper practice ammo, cheaper self defense ammo, ammo availability, high capacity, and less recoil.
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    Choice of gun, cost of ammo and recoil issues. My preference is 9mm, .38 for my snub nose revolver.

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    I choose .45 caliber weapons because:

    In the past 100 years, no other handgun caliber has won more gunfights, in war or on the streets. In fact, one of the original requirements of the .45ACP was that it had to be able to bring down a charging horse at a distance of 25 yards.

    Nuff said about that......
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    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    I choose .45 caliber weapons because:

    In the past 100 years, no other handgun caliber has won more gunfights, in war or on the streets. In fact, one of the original requirements of the .45ACP was that it had to be able to bring down a charging horse at a distance of 25 yards.

    Nuff said about that......
    I'll go along with that... .45 ACP +1

    And as small, light and concealable as my Taurus PT-145 & still hold 10+1 rounds of .45 auto? It was a no brainer for me
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    I initially chose a .40 because I felt that 9 was slightly underpowered. I have changed my mind, and gone actually to the opposite side. I now prefer 380.

    There is a constant trade off. Size and ease of carry--the .40 is a tad too big for pocket carry, which is my preferred method out of necessity.

    380 is much more controllable (for me) and I can fire much more rapidly and accurately.

    Throw in too, the fact that I really like my Colt Mustang and can find some good to perhaps excellent self defense rounds for it.

    If I were to get another gun, I would have a tough choice as to which one--probably either a p3at or a 642, and that choice would dictate the caliber.

    For us ordinary civilians who will likely never ever have to use our weapons, ease of carry and convenience are important factors in picking the gun, and therefore the caliber.

    The caliber question is a bit like asking the ordinary commuter if he would rather have a Honda Civic or a Ford Expedition. It just all depends. Everyone's situation is a little different. That's why the manufacturers produce such a wide array of guns and ammo.

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    Years ago, while serving as a reserve police officer, some of the training referred to the "Hatcher Scale Of Relative Stopping Power". Back then the .38 was just being phased out and the .357 coming in as a duty weapon. However, the .357 just made the lower end of the scale as a reliable stopping weapon. The .45 (not a duty weapon at the time) was rated very highly. This is the primary reason I usually carry a .45 now and sometimes a 9mm. For more info check out the following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diablo111 View Post
    I'll go along with that... .45 ACP +1

    And as small, light and concealable as my Taurus PT-145 & still hold 10+1 rounds of .45 auto? It was a no brainer for me
    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    I choose .45 caliber weapons because:

    In the past 100 years, no other handgun caliber has won more gunfights, in war or on the streets. In fact, one of the original requirements of the .45ACP was that it had to be able to bring down a charging horse at a distance of 25 yards.

    Nuff said about that......
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    When choosing a firearm for hunting (handgun or rifle), I'll choose a caliber and then pick a firearm in that caliber. For CCH, I choose the weapon that fits my carry needs and then pick the caliber based on what is offered for that firearm. For my 3 primary CCH firearms, my reasons were as follows:

    Sig P239 SAS -- Choices were 40 S&W, 357 Sig, and 9mm. I chose the 40 S&W. Regardless of caliber, there was no size change in the firearms so to me it only made sense to go with the 40. While I find the 357 Sig an interesting cartridge, I have no experience with it and ammo is not as readily available over the counter as either the 40 or the 9. While modern 9mm ammo is an effective defense cartridge, the P239 is heavy enough to make it comfortable to shoot with the 40 so go for the larger, heavier bullet.

    Kahr PM9 -- Choices were 9mm or 40 S&W. Went with the 9mm as most reports of malfunctions for this particular firearm were centered around the 40. Minimal problems reported with the 9. Also, this is a very lightweight firearm and I felt that the 40 would be a little snappier than necessary in what was predominately a secondary or pocket carry firearm.

    Ruger LCP -- Only choice was 380 so that's what I got. This gun only weighs 11.95 ounces fully loaded with 7 Remington 102 gr. Golden Sabers making it an excellent choice for those times that "nothing else fits".

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    . 40 S&W , cause that was and is what is issued for my former dept. I went .45 ACP cause thats what a 1911 is suppose to be chambered for(traditional sense).
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    If I'm going to start tossing lead, why not toss as much as possible? I prefer my .45 for the same reasons listed above, but I also do not want to be focused on an 'ammo stash' in various calibers.
    I have ammo for various weapons but have lots of three main types: .45 for my EDC, .223 for my evil black rifle, and 00buck for my home SD coachgun.
    Other calibers are stored, but not in huge quantities...just seems like the thing to do.

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    I chose .45 because of the 1911 platform, I've always loved the looks, history, and functionality of it. It doesn't hurt that it lobs a big heavy hunk of metal either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exactlymypoint View Post
    I do want to get into a caliber war, but I would like to know what your thought process was behind choosing the caliber you use for your EDC.
    I have a few choices in my off duty carry, won't discuss on duty much.

    My choices are based on what I know works, and what I like to shoot. Since I'm a wheelgunner at heart it should come as no suprise that I favor the .357 Magnum loaded with 125 Grain JHP's.

    I can shoot 38 Special out of the same gun, and do shoot that out of my BUG, but I prefer the .357 Magnum for it's proven fight stopping ability.

    My second most carried caliber for a "Primary" is the 45 ACP. I like this round also, for it's proven ability too. Eventhough the "statistics" are fairly close in all of my carry guns, as far as one shot stopping percentages, I feel that the 45 beats the 9mm in the "Temporary Wound Cavity" department. Just because we can't measure something doesn't mean it's not there.

    Yes, the 9mm will work, and I have a couple. It is carried when I feel I may need large ammo capacity, like out hiking in the desert. Lots of illegals and drug runners out there these days. The 9mm is a little better than the 38 Special, but niether is my favored caliber. Both of those rounds are at the floor as far as what I regard as "adequate" for fight stopping ability.

    I rely on no handgun round to stop a fight. I always have a back-up plan. I've seen too many guns fail to trust any of them. I just want mine to work when I need it.

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    For me, it harks back to my old Army MP days, when we carried the M1911A1. I never had to fire it in anger, but I knew guys that did. One solid hit was enough to render the BG DRT.

    Back then, I was so envious of the Air Force SPs, because they carried real police guns (S&W M15 revolvers). Little did I know that their issued M41 anemic 130 grain FMJ ammo was not much better than a glorified BB.

    Then when I went into civilian LE, I experimented with the whole gamut of off duty guns and calibers, but always went back to the .45 ACP, a choice I still make today.


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