Ok I don't think this thread has been done before.
This is NOT
about what type of handgun you carry.
what caliber you carry in a sub-compact or compact CCW
. If you don't carry sub-compact or compact CCW, then this thread may not apply directly (yes, there is no firm definition of what compact is, but lets keep it real and go by what manufacturers classify their products by).
Let's make some assumptions/limitations here about a few things.
So if my guidlines above are accurate, what do you carry with the above assumptions/limitations in sub-compact or compact CCW? Do you go with smaller caliber and more rounds, or larger caliber and less rounds?
- Shot placement is always key, more so than caliber.
- You are limited to 10 round magazines.
- For CCW, you will be using JHP.
- Generally smaller caliber will give you more rounds to carry than larger rounds, but we are talking about the difference of around 4 rounds (6 in large cal; 10 in smaller cal). This can mean a difference of life or death, especially with multiple BGs.
- Larger calibers make larger holes.
- Smaller caliber has less recoil and likely better accuracy by an average shooter, as larger caliber will have more recoil and potentially less accurate.
(these are general statements, as there are double-stack .45 ACPs out there in compact).
Please feel free to correct anything I'm incorrect about