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Tightwad You can't make a common sense adult choice maybe you should not carry . The problem is yours so figure it out . I've carried a 40sw as my EDC for 29 years and only carry a double stack do to several hand surgery's and have continued loss of some grip strength but I also been know to carry a 9mm or a 45 in single stacks even pocket pistols at work . There may be a day I weil want to carry a handgun with dot optics too so I have a nice slightly smaller optic ready 9mm for when I get older and my vision is worse !! Make a choice , its not ours to make for you .
 

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If you carry a .380 there are those that say a 9 is the minimum they will carry.
If you carry a 9 some will say 40 is the minimum they will carry.
If you carry a 40 some will say they would never carry less than a 45.
It is a never ending debate.
Carry what you like and be done with it:smile:
 

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Nuthin' wrong with the .40 ……. nuthin' wrong with the 9mm or .45 acp neither !! You do you and don't sweat what other folks think.
 

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I'm pretty sure there is a 9mm conversion barrel for your M&P .40. I can't imagine anything cooler than a 9/.40 convertible! DR
9mm/.40 S&W/.357 Sig :yup:
 

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The last thing you want to do is do what everyone else does, do what works best for you. If it's .40 then it's .40. Carry what you are comfortable carrying and what you shoot the best and forget what everyone else says. One of the things that I cannot stand is that the gun community is some of the most confrontational people. If you don't carry what everyone else carries or if it is a different caliber or you don't use the same defensive ammo you are a borderline outcast. We are all out for the same cause, we carry for the same reason, we should be supporting each other instead of chastising someone for their caliber, ammo, or brand of gun they carry. Sorry, I'll hop off the soapbox now.
And...I'll jump on the soapbox with you! :image035:

Like one of the other posters said; "Who cares what pistol brand or caliber that someone else chooses to carry?" I don't because it has absolutely nothing to do with me. I can learn from and appreciate what others do but I never feel a need to seek their approval or validation for what I do.

 

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Carry what you're comfortable carrying. Personally, I'm not volunteering to be struck by any of these.
Good illustration, but it left out the .25 Auto.
 

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I'm sorry, I guess I'm just tired of getting the eye roll after 35 years. In the 80's I wasn't serious because I carried a .38 Super, In the 90's I wasn't serious because I carried a .45 ACP. In the 00's I wasn't serious because I carried a 9x19mm. Now I'm not serious because I carry a .40 S&W. Is it that hard to understand someone that carries what they can shoot and to @#$ with what caliber it happens to be?

Next decade it will be because I carry a 9x19mm and everyone that's serious carries a .380 ACP.
Just a minor suggestion: If you're the least bit worried about what the crowd carries and how they might ridicule you, just have a contract drawn up for them to sign stating that they will drop everything and leap instantly to your defense with their superior equipment if your life is ever threatened.

Mrs OldChap frequently asks me whether I am a mouse or a man. I think she's trying to say, "Think for yourself, bubba."
@Well_Regulated I'm not willing to get shot with one of these:

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Once again...I am the Will Rogers of the gun world. I never met a gun I didn't like.

Those of you under the age of about 50 will have to look up who Will Rogers was.

As always, lots of excellent advice here on DC.
 

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A bulked up 6'2" guy is coming at you with a knife. Which one would you pick to try and stop him, accepting the fact that you have to carry the gun that fires it every day, in all manner of dress?

Carry what you're comfortable carrying. Personally, I'm not volunteering to be struck by any of these.
 

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We're talking about a gun that will be carried a whole lot, and, except for shooting at the range, won't be seen by anyone else unless you are in a life and death situation that will have to be resolved immediately. So the question is, at that moment, when you are staring into the abyss knowing that you and/or yours are about to be killed or suffer substantial physical injury, which gun would you want to have in your hands the most?

That is the right gun for you.
 

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Guns are a tool and every tool has a particular job. Carry a gun that fits your hand, one that is reliable, one that you can shoot, and one that fits the occasion and the clothing you need at the time. Maybe you have a gun that fits all occasions, maybe you need a couple of tools to cover different situations. Having a gun (tool) is the important part. Sometimes, the caliber is secondary. No one wants to get shot with anything. Have a gun. Just my opinion.
 
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