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View Poll Results: Preferred SD handgun caliber for civilian (not LE) use
.380 Auto 2 2.41%
.38Sp /.357 Mag 8 9.64%
9mm x 19 18 21.69%
.44 Sp / .44 Mag 2 2.41%
.45 ACP 36 43.37%
Other (please specify) 17 20.48%
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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What is your preferred handgun (not rifle or shotgun) caliber for primary (not backup) civilian (not LE or military) self defense? This means for a commericially available (not hand loaded) cartridge to be used in a revolver or semi-auto of your choice.

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1911 in .45 ACP of 230 grains of hollowpoint disaster.

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1911 loaded with 230 gr Hydrashocks. Hitting a bad guy center mass with one of those puppies will take the fight right out of them.

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I like 9mm myself. But when I get old enough to conceal carry I'll have a .357 on me as well as some autoloader.

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I am an avid fan of the .45 ACP.

I also really like the 9x19mm. A nice 9mm Hydra-Shock / Gold Dot / etc... will put a man down quickly. The added firepower of having more rounds available at one time is always a plus to me.

Most people will say "If you need more than 5 rounds, you aren't shooting effectively". I always say that there is not one person out there that can predict what type of defense situation he/she will face. You may face a single, bumbling BG in your home. You may also end up in a full-on firefight with some street thugs packing some serious heat.

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I voted 9 X 19 as this is for ALL civilians, across the board. The .45 is clearly superior, but not everyone can handle one. There is nothing wrong with a 9 for SD. Shot placement is the key. A well centered hit with a 9 is better than a periferal hit from a .45.

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.45 acp definitely. If i have to defend myself i want to only have for fire once.

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45 APC delivered by a S&W M&P is my most favorite carry.

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I have to go with the Makarov round. Until I can get a 1911 and see what all the fuss is about....

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45 ACP
Pick your flavor-Mines Glock21

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