Someone pass the popcorn please.
This is a discussion on Sacrificing caliber for cost within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I really enjoy my handguns and my 10mm handguns are my favorites! I can, if I wish, drop a .40 S&W barrel (accompanied by a ...
I really enjoy my handguns and my 10mm handguns are my favorites! I can, if I wish, drop a .40 S&W barrel (accompanied by a lighter recoil spring) into either my Glock Model 20, or DW Razorback and shoot to my heart's content.
Someone pass the popcorn please.
If you have an orginial 1911A1 it could be worth $1000.00 upward depending on condition and manufacture.
If you decided to sell it. you could buy the handgun of choice and bunches of ammo.
However since it is a heirloom It should be priceless to you.
Hang onto the 1911A1 for sure. Ditch the 38spl and ammo, and buy a 9mm. Keep the 22lr pistol.
I don't know about .380 being so hard to get, I just bought 15 boxes, and I could have had more if I wanted to. The price is still higher than 9mm, but it always was.
.40 S&W is currently the caliber being pushed by the FBI. It costs a bit more than 9mm but I seem to find it everywhere I go. It has penetration that beats the pants off of 9mm, about 12 to 15" in ballistic gelatin which is nice to have in todays drug-crazed society. I prefer .45acp or .44 Magnum but I don't mind carrying my Desert Eagle all day long.
I've bought and shot 5 times the amount of 9mm over .45 this past year. Although not the only factor, cost has had something to do with that. I have just as much confidence (or lack of) in modern 9mm ammo as any other caliber for SD so it makes it a no-brainer for me.
"In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power." -
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all. Get a gun you will always carry, and add more capability as you grow.
Someday, when you're 'bigger', I'll let you shoot my EDC, a Glock-36 (.45 caliber).
Even my wife can shoot it...but again, it's not for wimps.
Of course you can shoot a .45, and BG's hate the bigger holes.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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Many police agencies have switched to .40 pistols because of supposed greater stopping power, as well as still manageable recoil and comparable magazine capacity to a 9mm.
I don't doubt the tests, but I also know that most bullets kill, and the real-world differences are smaller than most people think.
Training and shot placement are considerably more important than caliber. There is a tendency to blame the caliber whenever a combat situation goes wrong, yet unfortunately, training (or lack thereof) is usually to blame.
9mm Walther P5 Compact
.380 and .32 Interarms Walther PPK/S
.380 and .32 Interarms Walther PPK
I carry a .40, but im definitely on the "nine is fine" wagon. Each has advantages and disadvantages i.e. capacity, bullet mass, recoil/follow up shots. I like .40 because I am not very recoil sensitive and I think it's a fine mix of bullet mass and capacity.