Originally Posted by chriswolfe
40 or 45?
Okay, I'll go ahead and elaborate...40sw
- Is a very good defense round, is more affordable, comes is smaller frame designs, and often allows a higher capacity than 45acp. These are all fine attributes. It's also considerably more difficult to shoot repetitively well
than 45acp, which is paramount in a self defense senario. 40sw is fine. I have a couple, and wouldn't frown on anyone who depended on one...BUT...
I carry a 45acp
, because- It's simple, old, plain, heavy, slow...and it just plain works. And with just a little bit of training, it works really well and really fast in repetition.
Anyone who tells you one is dramatically ballistically superior to the other is just being silly in my opinion. They'll both do the job, and in short order. 40sw will generally allow your gun to be a bit smaller and higher in capacity. 45acp is more likely maximize your abilities as a shooter, which is huge in my mind.
Both guns and calibers are fine. But I'd choose a 1911 45acp over a Beretta M96 40sw eight days a week.