Caliber vs number of bullets?

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    Caliber vs number of bullets?

    Lately I've been going back and forth with myself about changing my primary carry. Right now I carry a Glock 36 in .45 ACP 6+1. I also have a Taurus PT111 Pro Millennium 9mm 12+1. While working I carry my Glock, but its a little too thick for comfort. I really have to tuck it in tight so I don't print at work, and drawing could be an issue. I tried my Taurus on one night and it felt more "blended in", and easier to get out. I don't want to give up a powerful caliber for number of rounds.

    Do you think 7 rounds of a .45 is better then 13 rounds of a 9mm? Or is it an even trade?

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    The difference in "power" among the common defensive calibers is negligible. I prefer to be able to poke more holes.
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    I had a .40 for a while. Decided to go to 9mm because of less recoil, more bullets and several threads here that said that shot placement is more important than caliber and that with modern ammo, the difference in caliber is negligible.
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    +1 to that. My FNP-9 gives me 16 shots in a decent sized weapon- enough for the BG and then some.
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    I believe that most things in life are determined by attitude and confidence. You have two excellent choices here. Return to the basics...go with with a reliable caliber (both), reliable firearm that likes what you feed it (could be both), hit where you aim (should be both) and that you have confidence in its ability to blend so you'll take it along. I prefer a .45 but go down in caliber when weight or stealth demand it without worry.

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    Your Glock-36 is too bulky? Just goes to show differences in wearer comfort.
    My Kimber Ultra is pretty thin and is my normal EDC. I also really like the feel of my Glock-36, but it is usually only with me when I'm on my Harley...and not going to school.
    I have found the G-36 to be less of a bulge than the Kimber. Either gun is only going to afford me 7 or 8 shots before a mag change, but for me and the situation I could find myself in...it'll work.

    Of all the SD scenarios read about on this forum, and that's a lot, how many involve someone emptying 10-15 rounds? While common sense dictate that more is better, what is going to be enough in most 'instant' responses to repel a car-jacking or an ATM dirtbag withdrawal?

    I'd rather have two mags with 6 or 7 rounds than one mag with 17...if clearing your weapon was going to be the true life-saver. (Granted, two mags of 17 does give the same insurance...not the point here.)
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    I'll carry whatever the voices inside my head tell me to at any given time. This could be the 45acp for 8+1 on board, or the 9+1 for 40 S&W, 16-20 rounds of 9mm or 40 S&W. Caliber and capacity don't dictate what I carry....why should they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    I'll carry whatever the voices inside my head tell me to at any given time.
    I hear ya. It also depends on my dress also.
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    I'll place myself in Ram Rod's corner.

    My carry guns vary in caliber and capacity. And I feel well armed with any of them.

    Last night I went bar hopping, [drinking non-alcoholic beer] and was carrying an H&K German police trade in P7.

    This morning, running errands, I have a GLOCK 30 on my belt.

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    I personally think you should carry whatever weapon you are comfortable with and have the most confidence in. It boils down to when the SHTF, know your weapon and its performance capabilities. This is why we practice with our carry pieces. IMHO, 2 well placed shots are far better than a 12 bullet "hail Mary".


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    I agree with the other posters here. Either caliber will serve you well. Go with what you will carry.
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    Your size, you clothing and your work environment will dictate what you can conceal. As for the caliber, with modern bullet designs and speed, they all work with good hits. Carry what works for you but practice with what you carry and maintain it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artz View Post
    I hear ya. It also depends on my dress also.
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    I just picked up two more carry guns for that very reason.
    So I can carry no matter how I dress,light or heavy.
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    I carry a 40 cal CZ or my SIG 1911 most of the time. However I have no problem switching to my 9mm if the need arises. I know all 3 weapons are completely reliable, and feed my defensive loads flawlessly. As long as I do my part they will do theirs.
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    It all boils down to two questions only you can answer:

    1st; which can you shoot better; get back on target faster with, etc.
    2nd; which can you better/properly conceal.

    Figure out the balance between those two and you're set. Placement is what it's really about. I'd favor that over capacity any day.

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