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Welcome to the forum, peaceful. I think you'll at least find that you're not alone in some of the experiences that you've had. 'Some very seasoned law enforcement and war vets here.
'Clinging to my guns and religion
My take is this: the .45 vs 9mm is not about, and has never been about which one is more effective, because as other posters have said they all work if placed properly; it boils down to pure, simple fire discipline. we used to laugh about the high-capacity guns that started appearing in 1990 when the first STI prototypes began showing up, because the guys using them were spraying bullets everywhere, and wondering why their scores were dropping. Inevitably, the cure was to go shoot the single-stack for a couple of matches to get back in the habit of being accurate, and things tended to clear up.
I was even guilty of it myself when I made the jump to full-house open guns in 1993, shortly after earning the coveted "M" card (which isn't worth the paper its printed on in my opinion). And again, switching back to the single stack cured this affliction after a couple of matches. Since most 9mm pistols are high capacity models, the same applies. I can't tell you how many guys I watch at IDPA matches do the same thing, even with 10 rounds in the gun it is the same.
So exercise fire discipline above all. Just because you have more rounds doesn't guarantee anything at all except that you have more opportunities to miss unless you pay attention to your sights and get the job done.
As we used to say in the good old days: you can't miss fast enough to win.....
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined". - Patrick Henry
Very true - I placed fairly well in my first-ever pistol competition a few years ago (a GSSF match). I was amazed to see folks blasting away...but not hitting anything. At the plates stage, I hit all six plates fairly quickly with only six shots needed. The timekeeper remarked "We have a ringer here."
For economic and convenience reasons I have consolidated all my carry guns to 9mm. I recently traded my .40 PPS for a 9mm PPS (now I have two) and my G27 was fitted with a new 9mm barrel and new mags thus turning it into a G26. I even built a 9mm AR and plan to build another as soon as finances permit. I am also a big fan of .22LR and have a nice collection of those as well...I believe in the 9mm being an adequate SD round and it is cheap and fun to shoot too.
For the big stuff I still keep a .270 in the safe and I am looking at a .338 Lapua Magnum to round out the heavy hitter collection.
Theirs is electroless nickel finish and is very slick and doesn't need to run so sloppy wet to function.
For me, I split the difference between .45acp size and 9mm capacity and now carry .40sw. I don't have issues with any of these 3 calibers in recoil and my shots are accurate and followup shots are fast for me. I'm not a master marksman, but I do well enough for defense and get better with every range trip.
Remember folks: "Speed is Fine, Accuracy is Final." to quote VickersTactical
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AS soon as the money comes available I am planning on purchasing an AR platform in .40 S&W that takes Glock mags. This is to complement my G-23, G-22 and G35
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The caliber war ended a long ago for me. It's .45 for semi-auto & .357 for revolver, the choice was easy.
No wars for me....I shoot all my .38's, .357's and 9's equally....carry them all.....shoot them all. No problems.
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