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Minimum Carry Caliber

  • .32 ACP

    Votes: 45 5.6%
  • .380 ACP

    Votes: 255 31.6%
  • .38 Special

    Votes: 164 20.3%
  • 9mm

    Votes: 206 25.5%
  • .357 Sig

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • .40 S&W

    Votes: 51 6.3%
  • .45 ACP

    Votes: 61 7.5%
  • .357 Magnum

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 10mm

    Votes: 6 0.7%
  • .44 Magnum

    Votes: 4 0.5%
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No need for the explanations, we've heard the excuses from both sides on why some people like lower recoil/greater capacity and other enjoy the idea of blowing basket-ball sized holes out the perps back.

What is your "minimum caliber"? That is, what is the smallest/least powerful round you will carry. This is not to say that it is your current carry round, just that this would be the smallest you would go.

For instance I carry a 10mm, but would at minimum carry a .40S&W
 

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The smallest I will carry is a 38 Special or 9mm.

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.38 is the smallest I carry and would carry.
 

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I think this topic has probably been beaten to death plenty of times over...

I didn't read OP well, going to change. I'll carry .25 acp but my main is 9x18 Mak. Going to be upgrading to something a bit more powerful when funds allow.
 

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I carry a Sig P232 .380 in the summer and a 1911 .45acp in the winter.
 

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I mainly carry .45, then 9mm's but in certain office/business casual situations where I can't wear a cover garment and I'm in dress pants, I'll carry the .380.
 

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It all depends upon what I think I'll be up against. With handguns:

500 S&W for Alaska Brown or those big white ones. There have been reports of friendly white things...Bi-Polar Bears.

41Mag for anything in the lower continents.

45 Auto for anything on the streets.

40S&W for BUG.

It's just me, but I don't completely trust any lesser handgun caliber with lighter bullets, even in the 357 Mag. I know, I know, it's all about shot placement, right? A heavy bullet in the right spot can't be all bad, if it doesn't deflect and miss the vital opportunity.

If you really care about your safety, there's no excuse for not having enough gun. With a good, tuck-able IWB, a business professional dress shirt can hide it comfortably.
 

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......okay, what no .25 or .22?
 

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Long time ago I would have voted .380. But with the new mouse pistols out (i.e. PM-9, PF-9 etc). There really is no excuse for carrying smaller then a 9mm.
 

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Carry pieces are 9mm and .38 spcl, but I feel that with the right ammo .380 is the bottom floor of defensive ammo.
 

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.38 special fo edc. I just haven't found a 2 inch .41 mag yet!
Mine is about 20 oz. 2 1/2" ported titanium 5 shot Taurus 415ti with Fed Prem 250gr hard Cast Core's, 210gr hot loaded Hornady XTP's, and 215gr lead way reduced loads when it breaks the wrist.
 

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I’m now a civilian; as such I am not intentionally headed in harm’s way, but carry a gun so I have options should a BG oppose me. With that in mind 60% of the time I carry a Kel-Tec P3At 380 in a nemesis pocket holster, and the other 40% of the time, I carry a Glock 26 9mm.

The ability to completely conceal and the confidence that comes with that means that you will carry a gun 100% of the time. I’d far rather have that little 380 in my pocket than to have a full size 45 back in the car because it is too heavy, or too big to carry.

With that said; sure if I was going to be in a gun fight I’d prefer to have something a little bigger, say a Remington 870 12-gage. But then again, as a civilian, if I think it’s going to be risky, I’m not going there.
 

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.380 would be as small as I would go.

My feeling is a .380 > nothing.

Most of the time the sight of a gun is going to stop someone. If not, then shot placement is key. I doubt a BG is going to stop and say "Please don't shoot... wait... Is that a .380? HA! I'm going to rob you anyway..."
 

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.38 +P is the smallest (my BUG) but I usually carry a .45! :wink:
 

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While my standard EDC is a .40 cal. I do on occasion carry my .380.
 

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380 would be the lowest I would want to go. with the right ammo it could do the job. It's a good size for deep cover where needed.
 

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First I'll say I'm not a shootist or anywhere near an expert in these things. But I do like guns and do depend on them for Safety. I have had CHL for many years (at least 4 renewals already). I have tried to tote several types of handguns including 22 LR, 22 Magnun, 25 ACP, 38 Special, 380 Auto, 44 Special Snubbie, but lately I have settled on carrying a pocket 32 ACP. I know its not too powerful, but I know it'll put a bunch of little holes into a bad guy. I just want to keep the bad guy from getting close enough to physically grab me, or close enough to club or knife me. The little 32 in the pocket (all the time) is peace of mind.

I kind of like to use my mind to access the situation and act accordingly. Like if the BG is in a gang and they are likely to have 9mm 15 stackers, I'm thinking rapidly how to get the hey out of there. The pocket pistol is a desperation Last resort for me. If I know I'm about to go out into the 'Badlands', then bigger is definately better.
 
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