So is hitting someone with a golf ball better than a .45 because its bigger?Bigger bullets are better??????????????????????????????? :disappointed:
But, ... but, ... but, .... 9mm got exclusive advanced bullet tech that makes it equal to 40 & 45 :tounge-in-cheek: :smirk:
The service calibers all perform "about the same" ... :lol: :laughing: :baddevil:
steel is not a human body.I became a believer in the 40S&W after shooting steel. The power of that round compared to 9mm is indisputable.
I'm comparing bullet to bullet, not golf ball to bullet; Federal makes HST in 9/40/45 compare their data (I'll make it easy)So is hitting someone with a golf ball better than a .45 because its bigger?
There is a lot more to it than just being a bigger bullet. There are 9mm rounds that out perform .40 and .45 rounds. Thats a fact. The penetration depths that you mention are all deeper than any vital organs that you would need to hit, and are measured on a gelatin block that is far different from the human body.I'm comparing bullet to bullet, not golf ball to bullet; Federal makes HST in 9/40/45 compare their data (I'll make it easy)
Law Enforcement - Federal Premium LE, Speer LE, BLACKHAWK!, Eagle - Load Comparison
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147 gr. 9mm - 12.5'' / .69
180 gr. 40 S&W - 12.5'' / .80
230 gr. 45 acp - 13.5'' / .87
I'll not be argumentative for the sake of it, really anything could matter: capacity, recoil, bullet diameter.
Someone not "into" guns (many police officers, my wife, ___) is likely best served by a 9mm pistol.
Someone willing to sacrifice 2 rounds (Glock 19/23 or 17/22) that practices may be better served with a bullet that makes a bigger hole.
It is incorrect to say that 9mm performs the same as 40 or 45 with equal bullets, therefore "about the same" is cliche and not inaccurate.
Its as accurate as saying a Honda Ridgeline is "about the same" as a Ford F150, both are "trucks" have a bed, will get you where you are going, the Ridgeline meets the needs of the majority of people who buy a truck. :wink: