This is a discussion on The Basics of Choosing a Self-defense Caliber and the Proper Ammunition within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I just ran across this and found it interesting. Firearms - Choosing caliber & ammunition by MarkFreburg...
I just ran across this and found it interesting.
Firearms - Choosing caliber & ammunition by MarkFreburg
I liked the info, but will decline to get into caliber wars MCLXXVII. :)
I think it was a good discussion of some popular calibers and their relative effectiveness. In matters of which cartridge to carry, as my old tennis coach used to say opinions are like rear ends...everyone has one and most of them are full of it.
For the record, I carry what appears to be perhaps his favorite caliber (.40) but with a cartridge that he would not recommend (84 grain frangible). My wife's is outside of his purview (.380 and also 64 grain frangibles).
My advice would be to read the article, consider his suggestions, do some more research and pick what makes the best sense to you for caliber and cartridge. Then practice, because no matter what you choose shot placement is going to make the difference every time.
"...whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one." (Luke 22:36)
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Since the discussion is for handguns, I will tweak it a bit to mean handguns for concealed carry versus being able to use a long gun for home defense.
My personal thoughts are that one should carry the largest caliber and most powerful cartridge that they can manage extremely well when fired from their platform of choosing that is reliable and concealable.
By being able to manage it extremely well, I mean to suggest that the person can perform well placed double taps at 5 yards (versus slow fire or 'controlled pairs') or Bill Drill quickly and with control. In other words, the shooter can control the handgun and be back on target very quickly for followup shots as needed.
For me, .45 acp +P is about it. For some, it may be 9mm. I know some folks with arthritis or other medical issues that can't handle much more than a .32 acp and a couple that a .22 revolver is about it. However, they carry the largest and most powerful caliber they can. I have seen a couple local guys that pride themselves or .44 spl. from revolvers for concealed carry and they shoot them very well.
I know a few folks who carry guns that are too powerful for them to handle well. Either they are going to win the fight with the first shot or they will likely lose the fight. They are simply carrying too much power to be practical for them personally.
Considering yourself to be defenseless is the first administrative step to becoming a victim.