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I carry 9mm about 60% of the time and 45 acp about 40%. Either way, I feel well protected.
Too light for heavy work, too heavy for light work!
NRA Certified Rifle/Pistol Instructor
Accuracy ALWAYS WINS! So carry what you can hit with.
If you find yourself in a fair fight your tactics stink.
.40 is what my dept issues. If I had to pay my own way it would probably be 9mm. I carry 9, .40 and .45. Occassionally .38. But the majority of the time the .40 gets carried.
Police Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Carbine Rifle and Taser Instructor
NRA Life Member
It is better to have your gun and not need it, than to need it and not have it!
You cannot choose the conditions for a gunfight, so train in all conditions!
I am older so I have to keep the math simple.
J Frame= Gun
Gun= J Frame
.38 Spcl for me.
Retired Marine, Retired School Teacher, Independent voter, Goldwater Conservative.
Always 9mm sometimes it's just accompanied by others.
To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women
But I am in the market for a 9mm...
That which does not kill us leaves us broken and bleeding...
Donít mess with the guy who can barely stand up. His remaining options for self-defense don't include your survival.
Convenire Volui Spectatus
Usually 357 Sig if I'm going full-sized, though sometimes a 45. If I'm traveling light a 9x19 or 38 in the pocket.
.45 acp 5%
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
- Sir Winston Churchill
I alternate between my .40sc (20%) and 45C (80%). If the weather isn't very warm though, I will usually carry the .45. The .45 is what I qualify with. I don't like to carry any cartridge smaller than a .40 because of the 10 rd mag restriction of NY.
SA XD45C, XD40sc (SA Combat Trigger Job, XS Big Dot Sights)
The #1 goal of police work is to go home at the end of your shift!
I love a .45acp and the 1911 platform, but I do tend to carry my Glock 23 a lot because of the lighter weight, higher capacity, and marginal ballistic difference. Both conceal just fine. I couldn't call one better than the other in that area.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Laws are restrictive but sometimes necessary to maintain a civil society. Rights are nonrestrictive but are always necessary to maintain a free society.
40S&W, 357Sig, 45acp, 357Mag, 38Spl, 380, leave off the 9mm and I could have chose an "all the above"
My heroes are Veterans and My Father (who was a veteran).
I believe prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance should have REMAINED in schools, and the Ten Commandments should have REMAINED in schools, courthouses, and everywhere else it was before the ACLU got involved.
.45 all the way! My BUG is .357 but everything else is a .45!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
"A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
45 the majority of the time. 9mm some of the time when something smaller is needed.