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Just remember that bullet placement also involves depth of penetration as well.
With the proper bullet I think the 9mm Kurz would serve well enough.
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For my part, the biggest and most powerful caliber that you can shoot well and conceal is the way to go.
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I am much more concerned with good hits on vital areas than I am with caliber. The smallest caliber I carry is .280
If I worried about caliber, I’d carry a Desert Eagle 50.
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As many other people have indubitably pointed out: It's where you hit, and how quickly you do it, rather than what you're hitting with.
I'd rather use a .45, but I'm limited to a .380. That's OK—I 'm competent enough with it.
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Just a food for thought comment from a person who has and still does carry a pocket 380, 38 snub, 45 acp and 357 magnum. Everyone crones "shot placement" which is true but, what is also true is "shot placement" is the hardest thing to obtain under stress with both moving in different directions and both trying not to be killed. Sounds good to just throw out "shot placement" with total disregard to how difficult that really is to manage in real life.
There is a reason that I was taught to keep shooting until the threat stopped doing the threat regardless of your shot placement. Is it possible to make a CNS shot with a .380? It certainly is but, I am not hanging my hat on movie gunfighter accuracy, I am emptying the dang thing and looking to split soon after regardless of caliber.
Last edited by forester58; November 1st, 2019 at 07:16 PM.
My order of importance.
1- Have a gun, any gun .
2- Shot placement. (CNS)
That's the cliff notes version.
I want a reliable gun and I want to shoot the BG somewhere in the CNS and I want it to be able to penetrate deep enough. Expansion would be nice, but not really necessary.
If the caliber of handgun we carry can't do that , then it does make a big difference. That's my opinion. 😁
What others may consider an effective caliber is a matter of personal choice.
I like 38spl and 45acp for my carry pieces.
22lr? Might discourage a mugger. But to me, it's a plinking caliber, not a self defense round.
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I look for an appropriate caliber that fits the size and weight of the gun I intend to carry and my abilities. For example, I like 9mm, but only in something heavier than, say 22oz, not in a 12oz pocket gun.
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Does caliber make a big difference? Maybe not, as long as its at least 9mm minimum.
No reason for me to carry less than 9mm.
I've been carrying a Glock 23 IWB as my primary plus a Shield 40 in pocket.
If I switched to a Glock 19 IWB plus a Glock 43 in pocket, that would be fine.
How about a Glock 30SF IWB plus a XDs 45 in my front pocket, that would be okay.
How about betting my life on 380? Nope. No thanks. Don't have to do that anymore.
I'm not inclined to disarm for a concert, game, (entertainment) and I ain't going on a plane or cruise.
"Wouldn't want to or Nobody volunteer to" get shot by _____ is not indicative of quickly incapacitating.
I can personally testify that staring down a .45 bore can make one change one's intent in a heartbeat. Instant "Oh crap..." or something similar to that.
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A 380 or 38 in the face is better that a 45 in the arm.