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I wanted to know whats your Primary CCW Caliber, not what is carried on duty but what you personally carry. Thanks
 

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9mm is primary and in bug. Sometimes .45 ACP, but not very often as that is a heavy gun to carry around all day long.
 

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To be honest it's .38 Special, because it's most likely to be what I have on me. I wish I could say it was something else but it just doesn't work out that way. I might get me a tiny 9x19 some day but that won't be for a long time.
 

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Being an old dinosaur I carry the old dinosaur killer. 1911 45ACP. Either my full size custom Rock River Arms or my Kimber CDP Compact. One of the two are at hand 24/7.
 

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I split evenly between .45 and .40 usually on a whim. However for my summer vacation to get the pup from Texas, I'll be carrying the Glock M27 40 for a variety of specific reasons. Some of these reasons are compromises.
 

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Mostly now 9mm - SIG 226 15+1, +P Gold Dots. Have almost same ammo for R9 - but std pressure. If I use SP-101 then that has Cor-Bon +P's. I doubt I have used .45acp for carry much at all.
 

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ColdForeDEEfiveCowLobErr...I think that's how you spell it? :wink:
 

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QKShooter said:
ColdForeDEEfiveCowLobErr...I think that's how you spell it? :wink:
Yup, same thing I carry. Nothing but.... :22a:
 

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Nine milimeter primarily for the past five years, but I do keep a 45 auto at home in a hidden location.
 

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9mm for me, but I was kinda surprised by the low per cent for the .357 Sig. The "buzz" about its stopping power, improved shootablility, flat trajectory, and accuracty kinda makes one think it's more popular than that.
 

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9mm for me, but I was kinda surprised by the low per cent for the .357 Sig. The "buzz" about its stopping power, improved shootablility, flat trajectory, and accuracty kinda makes one think it's more popular than that.
IMHO the 357 Sig is a good round, but it is very expensive and it is waaaaaay too L-O-U-D! Even a 45 will produce a loud boom, but not hurt your ears in that special way that a 357 sig can...even thru earmuffs! Imagine firing such a pice in the close confines of a vehicle. You might....just MIGHT wind up deaf...permanently. That's why I think the 357sig hasn't caught fire and if it hasn't by now it probably won't. Now let's look at the 45 GAP. Is that an answer to an unasked question? Maybe. Have to see.
 

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IMHO the 357 Sig is a good round, but it is very expensive and it is waaaaaay too L-O-U-D! Even a 45 will produce a loud boom, but not hurt your ears in that special way that a 357 sig can...even thru earmuffs! Imagine firing such a pice in the close confines of a vehicle. You might....just MIGHT wind up deaf...permanently. That's why I think the 357sig hasn't caught fire and if it hasn't by now it probably won't. Now let's look at the 45 GAP. Is that an answer to an unasked question? Maybe. Have to see.
As the only person, here, who actually shoots it (or is willing to admit to it, anyway), I have to disagree on a couple of points.

The prices on .357 SIG ammo have come down as the round has gained popularity. I can get quality range ammo at $85 per 500. I can get a variety of premium JHP for between $12.50 and $16 per box of 50, including RA357SIGT and Gold Dots. I can reload, if I choose.

.357 SIG isn't noticeably louder than 9mm +P+ or .40S&W +P defensive loads. It is noticeably louder than a 9mm standard load, and somewhat louder than a .40S&W standard load. Just my opinion.

The big difference between .357 SIG and other, more popular cartridges, is that range loads perform identically to defensive loads, since both are at standard loadings. I know exactly how my pistol is going to sound and feel in a defensive situation, and I know I'm going to get .357 Mag performance with less recoil and less noise.

.357 SIG is being used by an ever increasing list of LEA's at the Federal, State and Local levels, and contracts have been issued for various branches of DHS. Most, if not all LEA's that have changed to .357 SIG have stuck with it. The VSP ballistics forensic scientist says it is becoming one of the most common rounds he sees, almost on par with the .40S&W.
 

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.40 S&W , both my compact and full size.
 

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Tom357 said:
As the only person, here, who actually shoots it (or is willing to admit to it, anyway), I have to disagree on a couple of points.
.357 SIG isn't noticeably louder than 9mm +P+ or .40S&W +P defensive loads. It is noticeably louder than a 9mm standard load, and somewhat louder than a .40S&W standard load. Just my opinion.
O-M-G. I have to stridently disagree here and so would nearly all of my IDPA club. When we're shooting a course of fire, even with muffs (electronic or standard) everybody JUMPS the first time a member (one of the few to use the 357sig) sends a round downrange! It usually goes like this: "CRACK!!! Criminey what the EFF was THAT? Oh sheeeesh it's JOE with that BLANKETY BLANK SIG!"
 

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i carry .40 S&W, 165 gr Speer Gold Dot, all the time, every time :top: :top:
 

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O-M-G. I have to stridently disagree here and so would nearly all of my IDPA club. When we're shooting a course of fire, even with muffs (electronic or standard) everybody JUMPS the first time a member (one of the few to use the 357sig) sends a round downrange! It usually goes like this: "CRACK!!! Criminey what the EFF was THAT? Oh sheeeesh it's JOE with that BLANKETY BLANK SIG!"
Strident disagreement noted. (smile) But are you guys shooting +P+ defensive loads or standard pressure FMJ? A .357 SIG standard load is pushing a 125gr FMJ about 100-250fps faster than a +P+ 9mm load. Maybe I'm just used to it, but I maintain that it is about on par with other loads pushing similarly sized bullets out of similarly sized barrels at similar speeds. People take notice when someone at the outdoor range is shooting 9mm Gold Dots or Ranger loads, too.

I realize it is a magical round, and that the mere presence of one makes perps fall over in a deep swoon, but the fact remains that it is a necked down .40 case with enough powder to push a .355 bullet down a 4.5" barrel, at 1450 fps, with a chamber pressure of about 37-40k. It can't be that much louder than a similarly powered 9mm or .40.

BTW, I shot my first sub-second pair, yesterday, and managed to keep the second shot within 2" of the first! I was pleased. The world was amazed. The perps were trembling. Everybody said, "Ooo, it's Tom with that beautiful SIG!"
 
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