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

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

    I currently own a Sig Sauer P229 Elite in 9mm for HD. I purchased it in 9mm specifically because my wife will be learning to shoot it for HD situations.

    However, I'm looking for a CC gun and am leaning heavily toward the Sig P239, because of its size and the fact that I like Sigs. My real question, however, comes down to whether to get the P239 in 9mm or .40. Initially I thought I would get the .40 for a bit more punch, but I'm starting to lean toward a 9mm for the following reasons:

    -- 9mm ammo (such as Gold Dot) is clearly sufficient for any real threat I might encounter;
    -- 9mm holds more rounds; and
    -- 9mm ammo is cheaper and I have a ton of it (would only have to stock 9mm range ammo and 9mm stopping ammo).

    So, is there any compelling reason to go with the 40 instead of the 9mm?
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    I would go with the 9. To me, I see no advantages of .40 over 9mm. Hopefully we all know that stopping power truly doesn't exist, it's all about a CNS hit or a hit that causes hemorrhage. The .40 might expand more but to me, the recoil is a lot more harsh. You can always consider carrying .357SIG, it's what I carry and I love it. It's laser accurate, penetrates like crazy which is good if you live in a place where heavy clothing is common, and the recoil to me isn't any worse than a 9mm.
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    I think you have the three most compelling reasons to stick with the 9mm.
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    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) ?
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    I would stick with the 9mm for the obvious reasons you posted. I have a 9mm Bersa UC as well as a Glock 23 (40 S&W) and have not yet decided which to carry full time. I'm leaning toward the 9mm.

    Of course, I first need to tell the wife that I bought the 9mm. It's hidden in the closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    Of course, I first need to tell the wife that I bought the 9mm. It's hidden in the closet.
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    It really comes down to personal preference. I have several 9mm and would not hesitate to carry them, but I prefer either my .45 or one of my .40's.

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    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...)

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    Ain't my sister. Its....Bubbette. My 4th cousins, son's daughters' twice removed (from where ?)aunts' sisters baby. whew !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    Stay in 9mm, and stock your ammo deep.
    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"?
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    I'd stick with 9mm since you already have a 9mm.

    I personally have 2 main handgun cailbers that I stick with for defensive handguns. 9mm and .357 mag. I have others but they are mostly C&R guns
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    I just saw a thread by slimjim selling a P239 for $850. Trigger job, night sites, holsters, the whole package. Folks here know he is a very trustworthy person to deal with. Between the trigger job and the Brommeland holster you are looking at $400 between them.
    If fact if I didn't know better I think I'm talking myself into buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jframe38 View Post
    I just saw a thread by slimjim selling a P239 for $850. Trigger job, night sites, holsters, the whole package. Folks here know he is a very trustworthy person to deal with. Between the trigger job and the Brommeland holster you are looking at $400 between them.
    If fact if I didn't know better I think I'm talking myself into buying it.
    I'll search it out. Thanks.
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    As already posted, use what you shoot best.

    I flirted with .40S&W for a bit (Beretta 96 Centurion, SiG P229). I could shoot it okay for the most part but ultimately decided that I wasn't motivated to put the time in to shoot it as well as I do 9mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    Of course, I first need to tell the wife that I bought the 9mm. It's hidden in the closet.
    If it stays in there more than two weeks, and she doesn't find out about it in that time, you can always pull the "That? I've had that for a while/forever...didn't you know?" At least, that's how I deal with all of my gun purchases with the wife!

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