I've been fascinated by the Sgt. Tim Gramins shooting story where he came close to failing to take a perp down with three mags of .45. I know .45 was not one of the choices, but it represents a supposedly more powerful caliber than 9mm. It validates what the FBI ballistics report says and what most people probably already believe, that all the major service calibers are not that far apart in stopping power. What is more important is accuracy, and secondary to the that, capacity.
Gramins now carries a 9mm. His main reason is capacity, but he also gives it credit for accuracy when shooting rapidly and getting the sights back on target quickly. I think it also has the advantage of lower cost and better availability. So that would be my choice.
Premise of thread:
You have all three of those pistols, they are equally accurate and ammo aint a factor (you have plenty for each).
Which one would you carry?
Its not a "game" its an actual real world choice if one had all three pistols.
Your parameters are based on the false premise that all other factors are equal.
I vote D, none of the above.
Have all three pistols.
Have ammo for all three.
Capacity stated for each is accurate.
9mm holds two more rounds and offers slightly quicker follow up shots.
357 Sig has most energy
40 has biggest bullet
How are you getting "false premise"? Its certainly not.
I didn't vote. I would carry either the 17 or the 22. The 22 can be converted to a 357 Sig.
Personally Iíd choose either the 9 or 40. A little less recoil or a little more power, it doesnít matter much in my opinion. Same for the 357 except Iíve read that itís very loud, so might as well reduce the potential for hearing damage.
The only Glock I own is a 23, and Iím fine with that.
I carry a 9mm Glock 19 cause I can handle it better than the other two calibers, not cause it's superior or inferior. :smile:
Iím down to two Glocks; one designed for concealment, and one designed for duty/service, and it is my old duty G22 that has been relegated to outdoor use.
My carry Glock, a G26 can give all the carry benefits of the larger guns with the advantage of a purposeful size.
Due to testing some smoking hot Underwood SD ammo, I have recently become a .40 convert in autos. So it's a clear chiopce for the G23 for me. In fact, I've recently been thinking about picking up a cheap used G23 and selling my G19, likely at a profit.
The more I think about this, the better of an idea it sounds.
In hindsight I should have narrowed it down and included a pic. make it as clear as I possibly can. :disappointed:
I should have presented it real simple like this:
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Imagine you have these three pistols and already have plenty of ammo for each, a little of the ammo is pictured.
Accuracy in your hands with the three is equal.
16 rounds 9mm in Glock 19
14 rounds 40 in Glock 23
14 rounds 357 Sig in Glock 32
The 9mm has greatest capacity and slightly quicker follow up shots
40 has biggest bullets
357 Sig has most energy
Given those options which would you carry? Why?
Note that a reply for something other that one of those choices is useless in this thread.
I recently started carrying a Glock 23. Then I converted both my 23 and 35 to .357 SIG, which is what I currently carry.
Nothing against the .40. I'm just impressed with the ballistic properties of the .357 SIG right now. :smile:
I would sell the glock and buy a nice all metal, double action pistol! :wink:
I carry a Glock 31 C that I can easily use three calibers with. I prefer the 357 Sig but the 40 S&W 155 GRN HST is a close second. The only use I have for the 9mm is IDPA and maybe in a micro Roni if my order is EVER delivered. I don't do 19/23 or 16/27 as they are way too small for me.