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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 03-07-2009, 09:44 PM   #21
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10mm works for me.

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Not surprised that .45 would get the lion's share of the votes, but seems like .40 S&W should be on the list. It'll git r'done.

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40 Cal. Speer Gold Dot 165gr

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40 S&W 180 Grain Hydra-Shok JHP.

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Old 03-19-2009, 07:54 PM   #27
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If i could choose one caliber for SD it would be hands down .45 Acp. I love my G21C and my 1911.

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Old 03-20-2009, 04:18 PM   #28
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Stastically, most fire fights are at very close range and only contain a few rounds. This means that basically having a 5-shot .44mag would probably be best.

But then when you add in other factors (as mentioned such as multiple attackers, greater distances requiring more accuracy, etc), the 9mm wins overall.

Pistols built around the 9mm have much higher capacity than those built around the .45 (typically 17+1 vs 12+1), while the best 9mms statistically only have a few % chance lower to get a one-shot-stop. So, ultimately by going 9mm you are losing about 5% in "stopping power," while gaining about 40% in capacity.

Also, the lower recoil of a 9mm will mean greater precision for most, which will be paramount at larger-than "give me your money" distances (across the street or even across your living room, for example). Being able to recover and retarget more quickly between shots could be important.

There are, of course, other more nit-picky advantages like the lower cost allows more practice (and if you don't practice, you won't be able to hit what you aim at, and if you can't do that, then the whole gun thing is a moot point).

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Old 03-20-2009, 05:20 PM   #29
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I like my 10 mm with double tap ammo 165 gr full load or 230 gr equalizers which has two bullets in it

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Two bullets in one cartridge?


And yeah I forgot about 10mm. Definately a badass round!

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