Concealed Carry Gun - 9mm or .40? (Fact Specific)

This is a discussion on Concealed Carry Gun - 9mm or .40? (Fact Specific) within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by artz I think you have the three most compelling reasons to stick with the 9mm. Plus- Its obvious that you are comfortable ...

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 59

Thread: Concealed Carry Gun - 9mm or .40? (Fact Specific)

  1. #16
    Member Array drs1457's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    SC & ATL
    Posts
    353
    Quote Originally Posted by artz View Post
    I think you have the three most compelling reasons to stick with the 9mm.
    Plus-
    Its obvious that you are comfortable with the caliber. That your aim is true with the caliber.
    Unless you just got to own a handgun in .40 S&W, theres no other reason to have one.
    Why not have a carbine of some sort in your caliber of choice (9mm) ?
    HAHAHAHA. Nice avatar, Artz. That is the first avatar that has made me belly laugh out loud.
    NRA, IDPA, GSSF & GSSA member
    Certified Glock Armorer

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #17
    VIP Member Array pogo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    3,149

    I went with 9mm

    I bought a P239 about 8 months ago and also considered which caliber to choose. I went with the 9mm as I already have a P229 in .40 and wanted something different. I think that both calibers can be quite effective for self defense, so I am satisfied carrying a 9mm. Besides the one extra round the 9mm gives you in a P239, I believe it is quicker to put multiple shots on a target because the recoil and recovery time is less.



    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's Teeth." - George Washington

  4. #18
    Member Array CharlieP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Marietta, GA
    Posts
    150
    Quote Originally Posted by mp45fan View Post
    Pick out the one you can shoot the best!
    I would agree with that short, simple answer. Ballistics tests will tell you that the .40 and .45 are more effective, one-on-one bullet-for-bullet, but the FBI and other expert sources will also tell you that the one shot stopper (with any of these rounds) is myth. So your ability to put multiple shots on target quickly seems to be the best formula. So like the man said - pick the one you can shoot the best.

  5. #19
    TOF
    TOF is offline
    Member Array TOF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    342
    Given the inability to effectively test various calibers prior to needing a gun, (State law calls that type test Murder) I went with .40S&W. Theory tells me it is as effective as a .45, more effective than a 9MM and holds more rounds than my .357 Revolver.
    "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." - Thomas Jefferson

  6. #20
    Ex Member Array BikerRN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    State of Discombobulation
    Posts
    5,253
    Handguns rounds are "marginal" at best for stopping a threat.

    With that said, I have no problem depending on a 9mm as long as good ammo is used. If I can't select my off duty ammo, or I can't get what I consider a decent, reliable ammo then I would take a larger caliber.

    With that said, I don't like the 40. I think it was designed and promoted for faulty reasons. The F.B.I. went to the 40 because their agents couldn't handle the 10mm. Not all of them, but enough of them to make them download the 10mm thus creating the 40. They don't call it "Short & Weak" for nothing. If you want more than a 9mm I'd select a 45 ACP for ammo availability. The 357 Sig is a great cartridge too, but very pricey and hard to find in some locales.

    Having a selection of various calibers is nice, but gets to be a pain in the rear if they are all for defensive usage. I myself rely on three main calibers, .357 Magnum, 9mm and 45 ACP. The 38 SPL BUG goes without saying.

    That's my $0.02 on the subject.

    Biker

  7. #21
    Member Array Superman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oklahoma in January...
    Posts
    131
    With the new S&W M&P40's there's no recoil issue compared with the 9 from other manufacturers. It's just a matter of how much lead you want to put in the BG.

    That's one of the things that sold me on using it as my CC. I can fire it and be back on target just as fast as I could with my 9mm and it's a heavier slug.

    Like some members say, if you get a CC weapon then any old gun will do as long as it starts with a .4

    :)
    [I]They make a desert and call it peace - Calgacus
    We're all just a bunch of Right Wing Racist Republican Homophobes - Rush L.
    ___________________________________

  8. #22
    VIP Member
    Array ppkheat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4,063
    Stay with the 9mm, you have compelling facts for your decision.

    I will mention something I think is interesting. I have a Sig 239 SAS DAK that is 9 mm. I also have a Sig 229 SAS DAK that is .40 cal. Of course the 229 is beefier/heavier/extra weight from mag capacity too. IMHO, I can hardly notice any difference in the recoil between the two......to me, barely noticeable, and certainly not enough to be a concern.
    Turn the election's in 2014 to a "2A Revolution". It will serve as a 1994 refresher not to "infringe" on our Second Amendment. We know who they are now.........SEND 'EM HOME. Our success in this will be proportional to how hard we work to make it happen.

  9. #23
    Member Array SigSire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    169
    Quote Originally Posted by ppkheat View Post
    I will mention something I think is interesting. I have a Sig 239 SAS DAK that is 9 mm. I also have a Sig 229 SAS DAK that is .40 cal. Of course the 229 is beefier/heavier/extra weight from mag capacity too. IMHO, I can hardly notice any difference in the recoil between the two......to me, barely noticeable, and certainly not enough to be a concern.
    I can kind of see the 229/40 (bigger gun/bigger round) having similar recoil to a 239/9 (smaller gun/smaller round). I'd be curious about the recoil difference between the 229/40 and the 239/40. It seems by based on pure physics (with the same general frame layout (metal/metal) and the same bore axis location), the 239/40 would probably snap more than the 229/40. The real question would be whether that extra snap is objectionable.

    Anyway, thanks for the first hand comparison.
    Sig Sauer P229 Elite imm Stainless - Click for pictures
    Sig Sauer P239 SAS II (SRT) 9mm with Crimson Trace Laser
    Sig Sauer Mosquito
    Spyderco Native(s)
    Surefire G2 LED Light
    ....I have the Signess.

  10. #24
    Senior Member Array ASSA9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Charlotte,NC.
    Posts
    838
    There are only three reasons to get the
    40 cal.
    (1) you can get just as a wide of
    an ammo selection as the 9mm.
    (2) you can get a little better energy numbers
    with it.
    (3) if the day comes then ammo is in short
    supply it would give you the option of buying
    that round if you came not find 9MM ammo

    That aside I would not change to the 40 unless
    you would just like a different type of gun to shoot
    Zoe: "Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?

    Book: "Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps."

  11. #25
    VIP Member Array mcp1810's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,942
    Quote Originally Posted by SigSire View Post
    I'm not sure if this is a taboo question to ask (although I get a feeling it is a sensitive subject), but how much "stock" is enough nowadays....or in days to come ? For instance, is 1000rds of range ammo and 500rds of the good stuff enough to have "in stock"?
    If you have already moved your refridgerator onto the front porch because you needed the room for ammo, you probably have enough!

    Other than that, I don't see the prices dropping significantly in the near future and good ammo has quite a shelf life, so I would let your budget decide. How much can you afford without it negatively impacting your lifestyle?
    Infowars- Proving David Hannum right on a daily basis

  12. #26
    Moderator
    Array bmcgilvray's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    9,877
    ASSA9, that is a BAD lookin' cat in your avatar.

  13. #27
    Senior Moderator
    Array Tangle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chattanooga
    Posts
    9,657
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    Stay in 9mm, and stock your ammo deep. .40 offers no real improvement and has a sharper recoil impulse, which generally translates to slower follow-up (unless you're shooting GM level with .40 already...)
    +1.
    I'm too young to be this old!
    Getting old isn't good for you!

  14. #28
    New Member Array rickit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    bluegrass state
    Posts
    4
    i had the 239 in 40cal a few years back really great gun but the recoil was much more then that of my 1911s in 45 maybe it was just me but i never got use to it however i have a stoeger 40cal that has no more recoil then my 9mm ruger i know this isnt much help but you cant go wrong with the sig

  15. #29
    VIP Member Array crzy4guns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    2,637
    One more reason to stay with the 9mm is the possibility of an ammunition shortage in the USA in the near future. With the new President and congress, I look for heavy taxation and/or restrictions on the manufacture of ammunition, and with the recent economic downturn, some companies may be forced to close their doors for good.

    The 9mm round is produced worldwide, and there seems to be ample supplies here in America. The .40 S&W round is a favorite of law enforcement and may become more difficult to find in the future with the ammo companies producing only enough to satisfy the various police agencies because it is more profitable to sell to them rather than selling ammo to civilians.

    Let's hope that never happens, but it may be wise for one to have at least one 9mm pistol in his or her arsenal just in case.
    God bless our troops!

  16. #30
    VIP Member Array SIGguy229's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Kommie-fornia-stan
    Posts
    7,033
    I like both...I prefer a bigger bullet, and the .40 gives the best of both 9mm/.40...more energy (than 9mm) and a flatter trajectory (than the .45).

    Your reasons are just as acceptable as anyone else's.

    What ever you shoot best--that's the gun/round for you.
    Magazine <> clip - know the difference

    martyr is a fancy name for crappy fighter
    You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. New P239 - I need ideas for a very concealed undetectable holster for Concealed Carry
    By kashton in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: January 14th, 2009, 07:53 PM
  2. Carry in school parking lot (NH specific but general question)
    By riseforms in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: December 1st, 2008, 09:19 PM
  3. Carry in the Vehicle: Ohio Specific
    By Hydrashok Glock in forum Open Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: November 11th, 2008, 08:11 PM
  4. Rumor or fact: Sig 240?
    By Euclidean in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: December 14th, 2005, 03:12 PM
  5. Options for Deep Carry and Specific Applications
    By BigJon in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: November 23rd, 2005, 10:10 PM

Search tags for this page

.357 sig barrel for witness
,
40 or 9mm for concealed carry
,
9mm caliber concealed carry marietta, ga
,

9mm concealed carry with laser

,
calibers -- the gun to carry when you can't carry a gun: 9mm ...
,
concealed carry 9mm with laser
,
concealed carry guns 9mm laser
,
g19c vs sig
,
handgun facts (nine millimeter)
,
how do you convert a sig 2023 from .40 to 9mm
,

lazer 2005/cal 9mm

,

sig sauer p239 level 1 holster

,
sig suaer 9 mm conceald carry lazer
,

stoeger gun9mm

,
whats a better gun9mm or 40 glock
Click on a term to search for related topics.