This is a discussion on Is .357 Sig Defendable in Court For Self Defense? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Pete Zaria I don't worry about my choice of ammunition being used against me in court. My state (WA) has pretty solid ...
In Florida only few cases of SD goes to a jury ...
Now, if this is something you don't feel comfortable with, by all means go back to the stock barrel; training, tactical and accuracy is way more important than caliber.
I carry a 9mm but I have a Ruger Blackhawk 8" in .44 mag on my night stand.
The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
The second rule: "Bring enough gun"
jfl (NRA Life Member/Instructor - GOA - IDPA - GSSF - ex-IHMSA)
A precedent in NJ is nothing more than a nice argument that a CT court may look at and say "That's nice...but we have our own rulings to follow..."
Don't get all hung up on caselaw.
I'm a person who has not purchased an AR-15 (or AK-47) and also has not purchased a pistol grip shot gun because of possible legal issues.
There are those on this forum who would like to smack me for the thought alone.
However, I own a Glock 31 .357 Sig. It is 1 of 4 firearms (the Glock, 30.06, Shotgun 12, .38 Spl + P S&W). The wife owns a P99C 9mm.
I own so few firearms (2 of them hunting related) that I'm not not concerned what gun I use to defend myself, as long as I have it. I know that if I do shoot someone, in a car jacking, or even at home en in Home SD, there will be a very good chance I will have legal costs.
The only issue with the Sig is penetration. I think it can e a good thing in a gun fight, but there is an argument to be made.
So IMHO, the only problem with a .357 Sig is that if you do use it in a justified SD situation, and a stray bulled goes into your neighbors house and hits someone. HOWEVER, I think you could run into this problem with any caliber beyond 9mm and .38 Spl.
The 9mm and .38 Spl. are considered by some to be magic safe calibers, and the only reasonable round for normal people.
So you can go into just to many directions worrying about calibers IMO.
Sig P239 9mm DAK
Sig P229 .40 SAS GenII
Sig P250 9mm
Since .357 sig has similar terminal ballistics performance to a better 9mm round, I'd say NO. My department was going to issue .357 sig but later decided on .40 after reviewing terminal ballistics data showing that it was superior to our previous 9mm 124gr +P gold dot and .357 sig 125gr gold dot. I'd put the .40 barrel back in it and load it with either Federal HST (not hydrashok) or Winchester Ranger T-series.
First off, I wouldn't carry a SD gun with a conversion barrel and second, self defense is self defense. It doesn't matter what you defend yourself with as long as you are correct in doing so.