Hi everyone. I've recently become interested in target shooting as well as the self defense aspect. The problem I'm having recently seems to be cutting through the hype and misinformation to be able to form a good opinion on what caliber would be good for self defense.
Now I'm about to move to california with my parents and am a little discouraged about their concealed carrying laws. That aside I'm still looking for advice on a good self defense caliber. I know it's mostly about bullet placement on the target not to mention chemicals natural or otherwise that may keep them going after being shot. However, at the moment I'm leaning towards .45 and the 1911 style automatics. Before I make any decision or large purchases I want to try out a lot of different guns to see what would work best for me.
To outline the point I'm just looking for advice from anyone about thier opinions on caliber, gun, brand, and anything else to help out someone new to this.
Thanks in advance for any help.