40 Cal or 9mm

This is a discussion on 40 Cal or 9mm within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; If you shoot both equally well (not a sure thing) get the 40. There's nothing wrong with a 9mm at all. I like the 40, ...

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    If you shoot both equally well (not a sure thing) get the 40. There's nothing wrong with a 9mm at all. I like the 40, but have always been a big bore fan (enjoyed a 44 mag when I had one).
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    For me, the 40 is just too snappy, hard to get back on target, and flinch too much. While I have no doubt the 40 is more gun, I will have the 9mm in my stable.

    I will list the "pro's" of the 9mm, some one who owns a 40 can give you their list of pro's.

    Less cost to shoot.
    Less recoil.
    Cheaper to reload.
    Typically higher ammo capacity.
    Universal round, easier to find in a shtf situation.
    More guns to pick from.
    Larger selection of loads to pick from.
    Guns available in pocket sized.
    Reliable stopper---as pistols go.

    Probably several important ones I have left out, but it does offer a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Martial Archer View Post
    Well, I definitely don't feel under-gunned with the Glock 19 stoked with 147 gr. Federal HSTs.
    I was wondering if you could enlighten me about the 147's?? How they perform in your pistol...Accuracy and recoil. Going to be rolling my own as it were and I made a move on some 124 gr. hollowpoints...I'm still trying to learn more about reloading the 9mm...Perhaps I made the wrong decision?

    Thanks in advance for information you can share,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senderofan View Post
    I was wondering if you could enlighten me about the 147's?? How they perform in your pistol...Accuracy and recoil. Going to be rolling my own as it were and I made a move on some 124 gr. hollowpoints...I'm still trying to learn more about reloading the 9mm...Perhaps I made the wrong decision?

    Thanks in advance for information you can share,

    Wayne
    While the 147 is a bit lower velocity(usually subsonic in 9mm) the extra heft will penetrate a bit deeper. I personally went with the 124gr JHPs for myself.

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    Either will server you well, if you feed them good ammo and do you part. I like the 9mm, just because it is easier to find outside of the US.
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    Guns, calibers, etc.... you will get everyone's personal preference. Period.

    Shoot them both in similar guns. Then.... and only then... go with the one that you are the most comfortable with and accurate at shooting.

    If you can't hit the barn, or don't like shooting it or it's difficult for you to.... the rest is all academic.

    There is one sure thing you can trust..... no matter what caliber... they can all do a lot of damage.

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    Been carrying and shooting 9's for many years......never worried about being under-gunned or out-classed.
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    Love my G23 in .40 cal--great round IMO.
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    One of each. 9mm to shoot at the range and a 40 for self defense! There problem solved.

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    I like the Sig's, and I like the P220 45 best, but my second choice is the P239 40. smaller, easier to carry, and powerful.
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    I had to make the same choice back when I was shopping for my latest carry gun. 9mm or .40. I went with the .40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kahrcarrier View Post
    Either will serve you well, in my opinion....
    Strongly agree - so go with the one that has adequate stopping power, more bullets, greater availability, and lower price, i.e., 9mm. I'm a big fan of accurate shot placement - so I'd go with the lower recoil option, which equates to better control, all else being equal.
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    just get the 40 SW!!! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOGOFWAR01 View Post
    Consider the availability of the ammo (caliber) ? SHTF, etc. Of course if gets bad enough one could do "battlefield pick up" of 40 SW

    I wouldn't consider "battlefield pickupability" to be a factor at all. out of 6.7 billion people in the world, can someone direct me to ONE specific incident where a civilian has "pickup up" ammo he found on a "battlefield"?

    not slinging mud here, but we should plan for real life, not movies.

    maybe it would be worth putting forth an endorsement for 10mm so that if you get shot, the bad guys can't "battlefield pickup" YOUR ammo!


    PS personally, I like the capacity of 9mm. I like the extra shots, and the +p rounds come pretty darn close to .40 in penetration and expansion. I've never seen a .40 +p round.

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